METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 36


Volume 4 Issue 36

Monday 14 September 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Thought for the Day


Today I’m a humbled man.  I’ve had some feedback that I’m being too confrontational.  I want to be encouraging, so I’m asking you “what’s important, and what’s not?” 



Forging Tomorrow’s Men Launches in Wellington

Promise Keepers got off to a powerful start with the vibrant music team and multimedia. A big crowd of over 850 men responded strongly to the salvation message brought by Peter Whaanga. There were 16 recommitments and 5 first time commitments!

Nick Tuitasi rounded out the evening, looking at what it really means to be “forged for the future” as a man, God’s ultimate man! Both men gave personal insights about how God has transformed their lives.

Saturday will be a full-on day with Ivan Bezzant kicking things off. He is followed by Jim Hurn who is always popular because he communicates at such a real level.

Remember that there will be four specialist breakouts:

  • Church for Men for pastors and Men’s Ministry leaders
  • Transition for young men 11 – 17
  • Stance for young adults 18 – 30
  • Single Focus for single men 30+

Each breakout has a targeted program and experienced speaking team.
Mike Gorrie, Tim Sisarich and David Dishroon round out the day. James, we hope you can be with us at Promise Keepers on Saturday. If you can’t join us, please pray for the Event and for transformed lives.

Nick Tuitasi

K-House News


Russia and China Say No On Iran SanctionsSeptember 08, 2009
Russia and China have rejected a proposal by the United States, Britain, France and Germany to impose more sanctions on Iran should a dialogue over its nuclear program fail, a senior official in Jerusalem said. The two nations refused to discuss the possibility of further pressuring the Islamic Republic, according to the official, during high-level six power talks held last week in Germany. Haaretz

Gold Leaps Over $1000 per ozSeptember 08, 2009
Gold powered through the $1,000 per ounce psychological barrier on Tuesday, carried by a wave of pent-up technical momentum and dollar weakness. Spot gold rose to $1,007.45 an ounce, its highest since March 2008, when bullion touched a record high at $1,030.80. Reuters

President Obama’s Remarks To School Children September 8September 08, 2009
Before President Obama spoke to America’s school children on Tuesday, speculations about the content of his speech caused controversy. The White House has posted a transcript of the speech encouraging children to take school seriously on its site so that the US people can judge the speech for themselves. The White House

North Korea Announces Its Uranium Weapons PowerSeptember 04, 2009
Suddenly, North Korea’s peace offensive has exploded in a mushroom cloud with word from Pyongyang that the North’s nuclear wizards are about to enter "the completion stage" of their program to develop nuclear warheads with highly enriched uranium. Pyongyang said on Friday it was in the final stage of enriching uranium, a process that would give it a path to making nuclear weapons other than plutonium-based devices.

Forget Roundup, Just Rent GoatsSeptember 04, 2009
With their four-chambered stomachs and insatiable desire to nibble on anything even resembling a plant, goats are gaining credibility as land clearers. As a result, the U.S. environmental movement has come up with a novel way to destroy large extensions of invasive weeds and grasses: Rent a Goat. So far, the results look like a win-win situation for all. Voice Of America

Replacing God With The UniverseSeptember 04, 2009
"Universal" is the "it" word, as in universal health care or "The Universe will guide me," or "Leave it to the Universe." There was a different word for it back in the day, more imposing but less confusing: God. But God is not a trendy word anymore. God is not popular, just like the Republicans. You are guilty by association with both… Big Hollywood

Science Fiction News

Titbit from The Star Trek Interview Book

Grace Lee Whitney (who played Yeoman Janice Rand) quit the series because of alcoholism.  In 1988, when the book was written (and Star Trek IV was already out), she was 56, had been dry and sober for 5 years and a believer in God.

Situation Vacant

Looking for ASP.NET Developers

We are snowed under with a heap of exciting new projects & are on the hunt for some new developers to help us out.

We works with a huge variety of clients from small start ups & large corporates, through to advertising agencies & high-end animation studios.  If you are looking for variety in your job, this could be the opportunity for you.
At present we have roles available in both Christchurch & Wellington.   See below for more information.

Interactive Developer | Wellington
We are looking for a talented design oriented developer with ASP.NET experience to work closely with our Wellington based design team.

Web Developer | Christchurch
We are looking for one or more intermediate level ASP.NET developers to join our established team in Christchurch.

If you are interested, please provide a cover letter & an up to date resume to our Technical Director through the address.

Matt Pickering
Managing Director

Why I’m An AGW Critic

New climate freezine launches

from by iwishart

Open publication – Free publishingMore obama

A new climate magazine drawing together major stories and blog-postings on global warming has launched today.

"Climate Reality" is a free monthly that its publishers hope will fuel further public debate about the science behind global warming theory, and challenge media complacency on the climate change issue.

Feel free to email the link or the PDF to friends, or to embed the flash version of the magazine in your own blog or website using the Issuu code.

The pdf can be downloaded from

Sunday Service

No Sunday Service

I attended a Geek Conference called Code Camp.

But I attended Promise Keepers the day before, and I linked to my blog entries there (below).

Why I Am A Creationist

Argument from the Fine-Tuning of the Universe

from Manawatu Christian Apologetics Society by admin

Why I Am A Christian


(I’m in this photo, in the centre, right next to the central pillar, in blue!)

I attended Promise Keepers this week

I blogged the sessions I attended.

Here they are:

  1. Out of the Fire
  2. Forged for the Future
  3. Known By Name
  4. Following Instructions
    Pastors and Leaders Breakout
  5. Welded Together
    Panel 2 – Guard Your Heart
  6. Apprenticeships
    Panel 3 – God’s Man in the World
  7. Tomorrow’s Man – God’s Man

Why I Am Pro-Life

UNFPA Bars Conservatives From Berlin "Sexual and Reproductive Rights" Conference

By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Last week, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the German government held a conference in Berlin to promote "sexual and reproductive rights." Despite being billed as a "global" event, conference organizers admitted to deliberately blocking any participation from anyone in either the media or civil society who did not agree with their "reproductive rights" agenda. Four hundred delegates from 131 countries attended the "Global NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development."  

Centre for Reproductive Rights Boasts of Global Abortion Push

By Piero A. Tozzi

(NEW YORK – C-FAM)  New York-based public interest law firm Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) released its 2008 Annual Report this week, touting efforts to promote abortion worldwide and listing yearly revenue of nearly $13 million. The report highlights a global caseload that appears disproportionately directed at expanding access to abortion and contraceptives in traditionally Catholic countries. Its 2008 docket includes three proceedings each against Poland and Peru, and two each against Mexico and Costa Rica, in fora ranging from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to national Supreme Courts.

Why I Am A Homeschooler

This section has caused controversy

Is it worth keeping?

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Israeli Ambassador Dore Gold’s Iran Blockbuster Makes Washington Post Bestseller List

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Thanks to the One Jerusalem family and others concerned about the nuclearization of Iran, Dore Gold’s The Rise of Nuclear Iran has become a bestseller.

Gold’s book proves that the Obama – European Union policy of engaging Iran in talks is a total failure and must be abandoned.
Strong sales in our nation’s capital show that Gold’s book is having an impact on policymakers.

It is  an objective of One Jerusalem to help this book change our disastrous policy that is leading to Achmadinejad gaining nuclear capabilities.

The success of our efforts has resulted in a major think tank hosting Dore Gold, his multiple appearances on radio and television, a One Jerusalem Bloggers Call and invitations to address members of Congress.

The more attention Gold and the book get the greater the impact. You can help by purchasing a copy now. You will benefit from reading this important book and by spreading its message.

Politicians take notice when a book reaches the bestseller list. Let’s keep it there.

Allen Roth & David Goder

Media Watch

If you see an article that espouses evolution…

…or “deep time” or “long ages” or “life on other planets”…

…then please inform me, so I can research it and put it into a Biblical framework.




A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who’s dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans.  Saint Peter addresses him, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven?"   The guy replies, "I’m Joe Cohen, taxi driver, from New York." 

Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven."  

Now it’s the priest’s turn. He stands erect and booms out, "I am the Right Reverend Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary’s for the last forty-three years."  Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the priest, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven."  

"Just a minute," says the priest. "That man was a taxi driver. Why does he get a silken robe and golden staff?" 

"Results," shrugged Saint Peter.  "While you preached, people slept. When he drove, people prayed."

It’s PERFORMANCE & not POSITION that ultimately counts.

Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I’m available for bookings.

Date Event Venue James Talk?
Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference Sky City, Auckland N
17-Sep-09 Honours Student Poster Presentation Cotton Club, VUW, Kelburn Parade N
20-Sep-09 EuroDance: A Kaleidoscope of European Folk Dance Little Theatre, Queens Drive, Lower Hutt N
27-Sep-09 Daylight Saving New Zealand N
29-Sep-09 Presentation: Creation: Why I Believe Jeannie’s Life Group Y
29-Sep-09 A concert with Jaime Thietten St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Emmet St, Newtown N
30-Sep  – 02-Oct-09 Elim National Conference Auckland Elim N
07-Oct-09 Euthanasia and Human Dignity: Are You Concerned? Johnsonville Community Hall N
15-Oct-09 Capital Prayer Breakfast Parliament N
Machol Pacifica 2009 – Israeli Dancing Wellington Performing Arts Centre N

Bible Review


Rebuilding the Temple wall.

All very… Jewish.

Not my cup of tea.


Bible Reading 

Week to 20 September 2009

  1. Esther 1:1 – 3:15
  2. Esther 4:1 – 7:10
  3. Esther 8:1 – 10:3
  4. Malachi 1:1 – 4:6
  5. Job 1:1 – 5:7
  6. Job 5:8 – 9:24
  7. Job 9:25 – 13:28

Week to 27 September 2009

  1. Job 14:1 – 17:16
  2. Job 18:1 – 21:34
  3. Job 22:1 – 26:14
  4. Job 27:1 – 30:31
  5. Job 31:1 – 33:33
  6. Job 34:1 – 36:33
  7. Job 37:1 – 40:5

Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at:

End Notes

  • METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Evangelical Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily Christian businessmen from Wellington, who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This Weekly Collaborative Blog (WCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this WCB, you are welcome to forward them along. Similarly, if your circumstances are such that membership in this distribution list is no longer relevant, then hit reply and type UNSUBSCRIBE to have it removed.
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  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright © 2009

2 thoughts on “METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 36”

  1. Hi James, whoever objected to your postings as being too confrontational can chose to read them or don\’t. As far as I am concerned they\’re a okay – keep it up.Malakai Jiko


  2. Depends what you want to use this forum for. If it is a place of challenging and thus sharpening others, and I love a bit of controvosy ! then go for it. If it is a place of sharing and learning and blessing you will need to be careful not to offend. Offended people will not return to get the blessings in other areas. Think of it from a sales perspective. But at the end of the day it is your blog and you should be free to run it any way you see fit. Home schooling is fine for people who are afraid of reality.


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