METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 41



Volume 4 Issue 41

Monday 19 October 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Thought for the Day


I’m getting a bit verbose.  So I’ve split off and started a new blog.  Details below.

Maori TV has bid for the Rugby World Cup TV rights.  Do I care?  No.

John Key is preferred Prime Minister, almost 4 times over Phil Goff.  Am I happy?  Yes.  Does it matter?  Not really: too far from the next election, and not enough difference between the two main parties.

I heard an extremely funny statement on talk back radio last night.  A woman called and asked “Can ordinary people join the Maori Party?”  What does she mean?  Her expectation was that only Maori people could join the Maori Party and that Maori people are not ordinary?  Are we extraordinary?  To me, a statement like that sounds just like “I’m not a racist, but…” followed by an extremely ignorant, bigoted statement.  It’s just hilarious.

On the other hand, a Dutch politician is in trouble for going to the UK with a message that we should be proud of our Christian heritage because it has proven itself superior to the Islamic religion.  He has tried to differentiate between the Islamic religion (bad) and the Muslim culture (good).  I’m not saying I agree 100% with this Dutchman, because I don’t know 100% what else he has said.  But I am immediately sceptical when the media completely diss him.  Plus, I do believe in “love the sinner, hate the sin.”  That I can understand and agree 100% with.  Islam is sin.  Allah is not YHWH.



Find out what’s been happening to your home’s value for FREE

(Courtesy: Russ)

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Muriel Newman Asks…

Do you believe local councils have become an obstacle to economic growth?

Dr Don Brash Asks…

New Zealand’s Economic Outlook: Can we ever catch Australia?



news from …. SAM & CAROL SOUKOTTA

founder & director:  Mt Hope Foundation

October 2009

Dear friends

As I (Carol) sit in the bible school office typing this letter, Sam is up in Padang, Sumatra with Grahame Orpin, Australian World Outreach representative. They are surveying the devastated area that was hit by an earthquake last week, so as to know where best the funds will be channeled to help the victims. A muslim family of one of our alumni (an uncle, his children and grandchildren) has lost 14 of their members … 2 are yet to be dug up from the rubble. It’s a sad picture, knowing many have lost family members, homes and jobs or businesses. Our prayer here each morning at the bible college is, that the people of Padang and thereabouts will realise their need of a Saviour. Many Indonesian Christians are there to help.

This was once a hotel … many died here. Some who were still alive under the rubble after the earthquake, called their families with their cell phones, crying out for help. But because the ruins could not be moved in time, they died. Children were killed when a number of schools fell. In fact over 600 schools have to be rebuilt or repaired. In one area, the earth opened up and swallowed three villages which were then buried when landslides covered them … an anti-Christ region!

The Tawangmangu Bible College is in good spirit with much praise and worship ascending to heaven. We just had a team of 10 visit from the Living Well Church in Rotorua. As we don’t have too many overseas visitors come to Tawangmangu, it was a breath of fresh air!


Mt Hope continues to grow with added classrooms and children. Four Mt Hope high school graduates (photo) are now studying here at the Tawangmangu Bible College. Three of them first came to Mt Hope when they were 12-13 yrs old.

The building program continues with much finance needed for the new dorms and re-roofing of a number of buildings. Rp31.350.000 (Aust$3,823; NZ$4,680; US$3,400) is needed for the roofing and insulation of one building. The insulation will cool the building considerably, creating a much more pleasant environment.

Prayer Requests:

  1. One of our bible graduates, Bate ẻ, who is training to become a sports teacher for our Mt Hope schools, broke his leg in a motor-bike accident. Pray for a speedy recovery … he needs to continue his studies.
  2. Our 2 daughters, Marissa with neck and spinal pains and Sheryl who fell and damaged a finger which is now in a cast. They both need a healing.
  3. Pray for over 3,000 bible graduates who are out in the ministry in Indonesia and overseas.

Serving Him joyfully

Sam & Carol Soukotta

Mens Ministry



Changing the Face of Men’s Health


We’re writing to say thank-you for your generous contribution to last year’s Movember campaign. Thanks to your support, we raised over $927,000 toward our goal of changing the face of men’s health.

This money has been put to work with our trusted men’s health partners, the Cancer Society and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

These organisations exist to improve the health and lives of men around New Zealand.  Click here to see how your donated funds are being used.

Though we are both proud of and grateful for these contributions, there is still a real challenge ahead to meet our goals and change the face of men’s health.

Thank-you again for your support. We hope to see you again in Movember.

K-House News


China And Russia Making Gas and Trade DealsOctober 13, 2009
Russia and China bolstered their close but increasingly imbalanced relationship on Tuesday when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ushered through a tentative gas supply agreement and deals worth $3.5 billion. Putin’s talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also covered the international hotspots on which the countries share many views, but with China’s economy steaming ahead while Russia has lagged during the global downturn, they focused on nurturing ties in trade and energy. The Washington Post

Wild Things Author Says Parents Can "Go To Hell"October 12, 2009
This Friday, October 16, the movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are opens in theaters. One of the main questions reporters are asking is, Will this film based on one of the best children’s books of all-time be appropriate for children? Reporter: "What do you say to parents who think the Wild Things film may be too scary?" Sendak: "I would tell them to go to hell. That’s a question I will not tolerate." San Francisco Chronicle

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Author Disappointed With ObamaOctober 12, 2009
Retired Army Colonel Bob McGinnis says he’s "disappointed" by President Barack Obama’s promise to scrap "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" and allow gays to serve openly in America’s armed forces. McGinnis says the Pentagon believes openly gay soldiers could "seriously damage unit cohesiveness especially in battlefield situations" because he argues many straight soldiers wouldn’t trust their openly homosexual counterparts.

In Gaza, ‘Underground Trade’ Is A Literal TermOctober 10, 2009
In Gaza, tunnels were first dug under the border to smuggle weapons from Egypt when Israel controlled the territory before its pull-out in 2005. Israel and Egypt sealed Gaza’s borders in June 2007 after Hamas broke off its power-sharing arrangement with the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas. Now tunnel trade is the way to get anything from baby formula to livestock, and generates a lot of funds for Hamas. Sydney Morning Herald

3 Tips To Intelligently Handle Evolution EducationOctober 05, 2009
"Tip #1: Never opt out of learning evolution. Despite the one-sided nature of evolution-education, I found that the more evolutionary biology I took, the more I became convinced that the theory was based upon unproven assumptions, contradictory methodologies, and supported weakly by the data. So my first tip is to never be afraid to study evolution. But when studying evolution, always think critically and stay proactively informed about a diversity of viewpoints."

Terrorists Recruiting American SomalisOctober 04, 2009
Although al-Qaeda itself is under more pressure than at any time since 2001, the threat from affiliated groups such as Shabab is growing. In particular, such groups are providing al-Qaeda a pipeline of American and European fighters whose passports would make it easier for them to travel undetected and potentially attack Western targets, current and former US officials said. "The role of returning foreign fighters to the United States changes the nature of the threat to the homeland," FBI Director Robert S. Mueller Mueller said in written testimony last week to a Senate hearing into the evolving terrorist threat inside the United States.

Iwi News


Te Karaka

From The CEO, Anake Goodall

Ngāi Tahu histories are filled with dynamic entrepreneurialism and trade. We traded tītī and other delicacies amongst ourselves, and pounamu with our northern whanaunga.

From The Editor, Faumuinā F. Maria Mau’u

Spring is a time of renewal and growth. Around me I hear conversations about planting, weeding and muscles that ache after the idle winter months.

Holly’s got spirit

Starling athlete Holly Robinson is showing she has what it takes to win.


Iwi are realising economic aspirations that are driven by a desire to enhance the livelihoods of their members and create enduring, positive change within Aotearoa.

Marks of an ancestor

Ngāi Tahu Property is re-investing in tribal identity with installation of contemporary pouwhenua that tell the story of Hakitekura, the daughter of Kāti Māmoe chief Tuwiriroa.

return of mō tātou

Ngāi Tahu closes the Mō Tātou exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington and prepares to bring it home.

Tāne Ora: recover the man

Māori men have a life expectancy of less than 69 years. A new national Māori-led initiative is seeking out new remedies.

Sci-Fi News


Where the Wild Things Are

Exquisitely rendered but pervasively dark, Spike Jonze’s take on the classic kids’ book is a story about childhood that might be too disturbing for children.

Situations Vacant

This section has been migrated…

To my new Professional Blog “Geek Post Weekly” here:

Sunday Service

Praise & Worship

  • (Arrived late, sorry)
  • I know who I am, I am Yours!
  • Ably lead by Naomi Johnson, with contribution from Sarah Powell and Janie-Lee Avia.

Things You Need To Know

  • 69 sleeps until Christmas! Budgeting Workshop coming up
  • Ancient Paths 2
  • The Living Room – Christie Moore is a prophetess from the US; for Men and Women this time
  • Clinton & Jan Kelleher speaking here next week
  • Mike taking Jeannie to Andre Prier concert in Auckland next week


  • Sarah Powell got ballet exam
  • Janie Lee got her ballet exam
  • Tim King completed Sycamore Tree course
  • Tane got high honours for tap exam
  • Isaak got ballet exam
  • Christine’s jewellery went to Hong Kong and one piece raise $550 for Wellington Free Ambulance
  • New job
  • Doctors will be gathering here for a conference
  • James faced great temptation, and didn’t reveal the new Telecom logo ahead of launch on Friday!

Guest Speaker

  • John Dawson
  • Head of YWAM
  • (Great intro video of some dude dancing in lots of countries)
  • Youth Without Any Money
  • Young Whips After Maidens
  • Youth With A Mission

John is from NZ

  • His great grandmother was saved in Cuba street by first generation Salvation Army
  • His grandfather John was Plymouth Brethren – went to US – saw Oral Roberts – came back preaching divine healing
  • Has a heart for China and Maori

John Prayed for NZ

  • Indigenous male – chopped down, imprisoned, abusive
  • Tanga Whenua – the Royal People of the Land
  • Bless the Christian leaders that went before
  • (His pronunciation of Te Reo and his knowledge of Maori people of importance was very impressive – surpassing my own)

John had another grandfather, David

  • From an abusive background
  • Ran far from Scotland
  • Wound up in Huntly, South Island
  • Survived a mine accident
  • His bitter spirit was revived
  • John knew him only as a sweet, believing grandfather image of God.
  • (John recounts his stories almost entirely with eyes closed; implies an orator’s heart; perhaps listening to God as he’s speaking; no notes; impressive)

Times and Seasons in the Land

  • Lauren Cunningham
  • Americans and Kiwis (Eagle and Kiwi) to Tonga
  • Interesting dichotomy
  • Polynesia has a history
  • Youth with a Maori!

Tried to buy the HMNZS Maori

  • Failed
  • Gifted money to Operation Mobilisation
  • Later, got the Anastasia for M$1.6
  • Does relief and development – earmarked for Australia and PNG
  • (if I was evaluating this with my Pakeha mind, I would say “what? Where is the PowerPoint? What were your references? What was your main point followed up by 3 structured arguments?” Instead, I have to consciously switch off my Pakeha mind, and go with my Maori mind: “He has a powerful story to tell; this is a man who has seen the world and is doing a great work; this is inspiring)

Why I Am A Creationist

New “four-winged dinosaur” find

The news services are running hot with the latest specimen being used by evolutionists to bolster the “dino-to-bird” theory. But is it all it’s claimed to be?  Check out this concise response by CMI’s Dr Jonathan Sarfati.

Lessons from Spider-man and Wolverine

Science fiction with its pervasive evolutionary undertones has a massive influence on young minds, as Phil Robinson testifies concerning these cartoon characters. Parents and youth leaders need to be especially aware of this.

A recycled apeman

Newspapers and sites have been buzzing about an alleged human ancestor known as “Ardi” for short. But we’ve written about Ardipithecus ramidus more than once since it was found in 1994. Pieced together from fragments scattered over 1.5 km (1 mile) apart it’s now “rehyped” as the latest
“hot evolution news”. See Ardipithecus again by CMI’s Dr Carl Wieland.

Ancient textile factory

When a so-called “Stone Age” site gives evidence of sophisticated textile processing, the idea that these were grunting cavemen takes a hit. CMI-US’s Dr Robert Carter provides his assessment here.

DVD release brings more kudos for Voyage

Well-known creation geologist Dr Steve Austin, of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) wrote after seeing CMI’s Darwin documentary Darwin: The Voyage that Shook the World.  “I am very impressed with the strong content and fairness … Congratulations on achieving a very high standard. Even the music is an achievement! My prayer is that God will use this documentary in the modern arena of ideas to call attention to creation and God’s working in the world.”

Mrs Armintha B. phoned CMI–Canada to say how pleased she had been after watching a screening of the DVD with her 12-year-old grandson, who she said was well able to understand the content despite it featuring so many people “at university level”. She said she was so excited about it, she sent him home with his own copy.

The enemy revealed

On high school and college campuses, what is the number one answer students give as to why they can’t believe in Jesus? See Calvin Smith’s powerful article about the root cause of why Christianity is losing the younger generation—and what to do about it.

Our 2010 Creation Calendar is now available

The release of our annual calendar is always eagerly awaited and it makes a great Christmas gift with meaning. Cute baby animals each month, like white rhinos, koalas and red pandas, reveal the wonders of Creation in this NEW 2010 calendar; 13 months, including January 2011.  You can view the back cover of the calendar which shows each month’s cute animal photo. You can also buy in bulk and save. Click here to see what we offer!

Why I Am A Global Warming Critic

An Open Letter to the Minister of Climate Change Issues

“I can assure you that the government has investigated the evidence on the science of climate change from a number of different sources and I can appreciate that there are many different perspectives on the matter. However, the government is convinced that climate change is a serious and legitimate issue and that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides the most reliable information on climate change science. In its most recent assessment, the IPCC states that the evidence for climate change is unequivocal, that humankind’s emissions are very likely the cause of these changes and that, unless action is taken to reduce emissions, dangerous changes in the climate system will result.”
– Hon Nick Smith, Minister for Climate Change Issues.

Dear Minister,

It is very clear that you have been able to convince the Prime Minister and your Caucus colleagues that the evidence for human induced catastrophic climate change presented by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is irrefutable. On behalf of those New Zealanders who despair at your actions – given the economic damage your emissions trading scheme (ETS) is going to cause to Kiwi families and small businesses – I would like to ask you to justify your stance by responding to the issues raised in this open letter.

First of all, why are you rushing the ETS legislation through Parliament, committing New Zealand to this course of action when you don’t even know what the rest of the world will decide at Copenhagen in December? Why not extend the two-week timeframe for submissions (which is scandalously short for a Bill of this magnitude) until Christmas and deliberate on the Bill next year, when your government will be able to make an informed decision?

Secondly, how can you reconcile implementing an ETS when it will totally undermine your government’s goal of catching and matching Australia by 2025? This is an especially important issue in light of the new Government requirement that is coming into force on November 2, which will require Ministers to sign a statement to justify that the benefits of their new legislation “not only exceed the costs but will deliver the highest level of net benefit of the practical regulatory options available”.[1] How can your ETS possibly pass such a test when it will not only cost jobs and destroy wealth, but it will make it virtually impossible for your government to achieve the three percent growth a year that will be needed to achieve its 2025 goal?
Thirdly, how can you claim that the “reliable information” provided by the IPCC is dependable enough to base the future of New Zealand on, when that body is now embroiled in a huge scandal over the fabrication of the data it has been using to claim that man-made global warming is causing catastrophic climate change? When the fraudulent data is removed from the IPCC’s climate models, modern day global temperatures are seen to exhibit natural climate variability – in other words, there is no man-made crisis demanding massive government intervention.
Minister, given that the scientific advice provided to yourself and the government appears to originate from state agencies that are heavily influenced by the IPCC – and is therefore unlikely to be independent – you may not have been briefed about this new development … so let me explain.
You will be aware that since 2001 the IPCC has claimed that global temperatures in the late 20th century were hotter than at any other time over the last 900 years, and that this situation has been caused by man’s emissions of greenhouse gases. It is this claim that gave rise to the Kyoto Protocol and has led to world-wide attempts to restrict the production of greenhouse gases through emissions trading schemes like to one you are poised to impose on New Zealand.
Minister, the IPCC’s claim that the planet is hotter now than in the past is based on fraudulent data.[2] When the corrupted data is removed from the climate models, there is no late 20th century catastrophic warming. Below is a graph of the world’s climate that was published in the IPCC’s First Assessment Report in 1990. In this report the IPCC noted that the warming of the late 20th century – as the planet emerged from the Little Ice Age – was essentially within the bounds of natural variability. The Medieval Warm Period, when the Vikings colonized Greenland, was seen to have temperatures greater than modern times – temperatures which were clearly unrelated to emissions of man-made greenhouse gases.


However, by 2001, the IPCC had changed its tune and the above graph of historic temperatures had not only vanished, but so too had the Medieval Warm Period. Without the Medieval Warm Period as a reference point, the IPCC was able to state that the late 20th century demonstrated unprecedented global warming: “the 1990s has been the warmest decade and 1998 the warmest year of the millennium”.


The IPCC’s “hocky stick” graph became an overnight celebrity, starring in Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and creating widespread fear of an impending climate Armageddon.
The “hockey stick” graph was based on the work of US climatologist Michael Mann, an IPCC lead author, who relied heavily on temperature “proxies” from some bristlecone pine trees found on Sheep Mountain in California. As you know, tree ring widths make good proxies for climate, since tree growth is largely dependent on temperature.
However, thebristlecone pine trees were problematic in that the 20th century growth spurt that they displayed was caused by a fertiliser effect, not by temperature, since the data did not match the records of a nearby weather station. When Michael Mann knowingly used the contaminated data, he was able to create the hockey stick and a climate crisis. Once the data was removed, the hockey stick shape disappeared from his graphs and the climate of the 20th century was seen to be unexceptional.
It was Canadian policy analyst Steven McIntyre along with Dr Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics at Guelph University, who uncovered the fraud. As a result the US Congress ordered two reviews into the matter both of which condemned the hockey stick graph, but in spite of this, while the IPCC dropped the offending graph, it refused to acknowledge the controversy and continued to deliberately misrepresent the warming of the late 20th century. To do this it used studies by a UK scientist Keith Biffra, who was using tree ring proxies from the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia to create a similar classic hockey stick shape. As with Michael Mann, the IPCC appointed Keith Biffra as a lead author – ostensibly in recognition of his work, but in reality to prevent criticism of his highly controversial findings from surfacing in their reports.
On seeing the re-emergence of these hockey stick shaped graphs, Steve MacIntyre requested the data in order to examine the anomaly. While clear data-sharing scientific protocols exist, for nine years Steve’s requests were turned down. That is until recently when a journal editor finally ordered that the data be released. When it was analysed, the reason for the hockey stick anomaly became clear.
Professor Ross McKitrick, who worked with Steve MacIntyre to analyse the data, is this week’s NZCPR Guest Commentator. He picks up the story:
“The sharp uptrend in the late 20th century came from cores of 10 living trees alive as of 1990, and five living trees alive as of 1995. Based on scientific standards, this is too small a sample on which to produce a publication-grade proxy composite. The 18th and 19th century portion of the sample, for instance, contains at least 30 trees per year. But that portion doesn’t show a warming spike. The only segment that does is the late 20th century, where the sample size collapses. Once again a dramatic hockey stick shape turns out to depend on the least reliable portion of a dataset. 
“When the paleoclimate data archive was searched to see if there were other tree ring cores from at or near the Yamal site that could have been used to increase the sample size, a set of 34 up-to-date core samples, taken from living trees in Yamal were found. When these were added to the original small sample, the hockey stick spike collapsed and the temperature trend in the late 20th century was seen to be “unexceptional compared to the rest of the millennium”! To read Prof McKitrick’s article “Defects in key climate data are uncovered” click here >>>
In other words, Minister, the IPCC’s claims of catastrophic global warming – and the enormous policy consequences for countries all around the world including New Zealand – are based on a flawed analysis of tree ring data from 5 trees in Siberia. When the fraudulent data is removed from global climate reconstructions, the late twentieth century temperatures are seen to be within the norms of natural climate variability. That explains why global temperatures have been falling for the last 11 years, in spite of carbon dioxide levels rising – because the earth’s temperature is not driven by carbon dioxide.
So Minister, while you have convinced your colleagues that catastrophic climate change is such a real and dangerous threat to mankind that an ETS must be urgently imposed on New Zealand (even though at 0.2 percent we produce an almost infinitesimal proportion of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions), your argument is based on fraudulent evidence. What’s more, you have asked New Zealanders to place their utmost trust in the IPCC, yet it is an organisation that has knowingly used this flawed evidence to maintain the perception of a global climate crisis.  
What this means, Minister, is that your attempts curb man-made greenhouse gases through your ETS will be a gross misuse of public funds that will seriously impeded New Zealand’s chance of a prosperous future. And if you were not aware of the data scandals surrounding the IPCC, then I suggest you put your ETS on hold while you contact Dr McKitrick yourself.  

Finally, Minister, when the Labour Government tried to introduce a “fart tax” in 2003, they failed because the public rose up in opposition. New Zealanders understood that trying to tax farmers for emissions from cows and sheep was a really dumb idea. In 2005, when Labour tried to introduce a carbon tax, you, Minister took a lead in campaigning against it, warning, “A further concern of the carbon tax is its impact on inflation, interest rates and the exchange rate.  It will add to the costs of fuel and power and these flow right through the economy to basics like food.  This puts pressure on inflation, which in turn drives up interest rates and the kiwi dollar.  The Government’s carbon tax is a classic example of the way the Government is making things tougher for the productive exporting sector.[3]

If you re-read your statement at the time – see here>>> – you could have been talking about your ETS. The same principles apply. After all an ETS is a fart tax or a carbon tax by another name. You urged the public to actively oppose the 2005 tax stating that “We need to bury this lemon”. With respect, Minister, isn’t that is exactly what should happen to your 2009 ETS?

Yours sincerely
Dr Muriel Newman
Director New Zealand Centre for Political Research

Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible

Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle (1627-1691) is credited with being the father of modern chemistry. He also was active in financially supporting the spread of Christianity through missions and Bible translations.

Friday Fax
(UN Watch)

Ireland Adopts Lisbon Treaty but Pro-life Guarantees Remain Suspect

By Susan Yoshihara

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Irish voters overwhelmingly accepted the Lisbon Treaty on October 2nd after they were given guarantees that their pro-life and pro-family laws would be protected. While some pro-life and pro-family voices hail the guarantees as a step forward, many analysts argue that the nature and extent of those guarantees are far from certain and that the “yes” vote will eventually lead to intense pressure on Ireland from the European Union (EU) to liberalize its laws and policies on abortion and homosexual “marriage.” In the midst of a severe economic downturn, Irish citizens voted 67% to 33% to adopt the Treaty of Lisbon after rejecting it only a year ago amidst fears about the erosion of national sovereignty on social issues as well as taxation and national security.  

Fifteen Years After Cairo, Abortion Controversy Still Ongoing

By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Next week, the UN General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting for the 15th anniversary of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). While some have used the anniversary to try and assess progress towards realizing the ICPD Program of Action, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and pro-abortion non-government organizations (NGOs) have sought to use the review process to expand the ICPD understanding of "reproductive health" and its related terms to include abortion.  

Sign the UN Petition for the Unborn Child and the Family

I did

Obama’s UN Rep Touts Administration’s Abortion Sea Change

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) In a speech last week at Howard University Law School, United States (US) Ambassador to the Untied Nations (UN) Susan E. Rice recapped the Obama Administration’s foreign policy departures from previous Bush Administration policy. Rice also subtly redefined terms used in UN documents to mark a substantive policy shift on abortion. Reviewing the new Administration’s first nine months in office, Rice touted Obama’s reversal of the "Mexico City policy" that had prevented US funding of organizations engaged in abortion overseas and his decision to fund the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

New UN Report Pushes Gender as a Social Construct not Based in Nature

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) An advisory report on the protection of human rights in the context of counter terrorism recently submitted to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA) includes a radical redefinition of the term "gender," claiming that it is a purely social construct not connected to biology. UN Special Rapporteur Martin Scheinin was asked to report to the UN on "gender-based human rights abuses in counterterrorism measures" – with an intended focus presumably upon hardships encountered by women caught up in the war on terror.  

Why I Am A Christian

kalam Cosmological Argument

Train a Child

Two Parties in Three Days

Party 1:

New Telecom Brand Launch on Friday 16 October at TSB Arena.  My three entered, their eyes lit up, and they split! Aimee immediately went for the spray-painting flowers wall.  Hamish and Tane found the free fizzies first, then they found the DJ which let them scratch the disc.  Later, they found the giant human Fooz-ball game and bouncy castle (it was huge).  Special guests were Christian Cullen, Nathan Astle, Kerrie Woodham, Dick Weir & Keisha Castle-Hughes.  I am reasonably informed by Aimee that Matt Gibb and Dana Vandre (sp?) from Studio 2 were also there.  It finished at 9pm, after a brief but intense (and loud!) set from the Jordan Luck band.

What did they learn?  That Telecom is a great place to work.  Who did they see?  The families of my work colleagues.  Whom did they recognize?  The Bakers & the MacDonalds (from Homeschooling).  What impressed Hamish?  That immediately after the logo unveiling at 7:30pm, the logo showed up in the Wii game where you bat away the falling balls, except the logo replaced the falling balls.

Party 2:

Elim Generation Celebration.  This is a replacement for White Sunday, which is an annual Samoan Cultural Celebration of children in the church, but our Samoan ratio of congregation has diminished.  So the kids took over the service and put on a play, “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”.  Afterwards, the kids where served by the parents to a <irony>nutritious</irony> lunch.

What did they learn?  How to put on a drama, play a role, be a team player, learn lines (memorisation), history, singing, dancing, costuming, set design.  Aimee was one of Daniel’s friends.  Hamish was the Alpha Lion (I loved that!) and gave a rap.  Tane was stage manager for the 2nd year in a row.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Dear friends,

During the past month of September, we have witnessed a lot of events, some of which can be watched below.

We have seen the strong and important speech of PM Netanyahu at the United Nations in New York, but we also saw the courageous Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, speaking from a secret place where he is held captive by the terrorists of the Hamas.

Let’s all pray for the future release of Gilad, and for a peaceful year and future for the Jewish and Israeli people and all their friends.

Thank you for visiting our website, and remember to forward the videos you like to your friends!

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

The One Jerusalem Team



Giving Blood

My brother-in-law, who is a minister, responded to a Red Cross appeal for blood donations. When he didn’t come home by the time his young son expected him, the boy asked his mother, "Is Dad going around visiting all the sick people?"

His mother replied, "He’s giving blood."

"But we know it’s really grape juice, don’t we Mom?"

—Priscilla Larson, Lexington, Mass. "Kids of the Kingdom," Christian Reader

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 Speaker
20-Oct-09 Leaders/Partners Meeting Wellington Elim Mike Knott
25-Oct-09 Morning Services Wellington Elim Clinton Kelleher
28-Oct-09 Rhythms of Ireland Opera House N/A
29-Oct-09 Aimée Hippolite’s Birthday Wellington N/A
30-31 October 2009 Ancient Paths II Wellington Elim Roger Moore
30-Oct – 07-Nov-09 Peter Pan St James Theatre N/A
09-Nov-09 Residents Association AGM Grenada Village James
13-Dec-09 Christmas Party Grenada Village Santa

Book Review


James – Faith for Living

“Proverbs of the New Testament”

A Sure Sign of Life

The book of James, controversial because of its emphasis on “good works,” is perhaps best understood through the analogy of motion. In both the physical realm as well as the spiritual realm, where there is life there will be motion.

When a person becomes a Christian, new life begins, and inevitably that life must express itself through “spiritual motion,” or good deeds. In James’ words, “What good is it … if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?” (2:14)

Movement does not cause life, but it does inevitably follow life. It is a sure sign that life is present. Similarly, genuine faith in Christ should always result in actions that demonstrate faith.

Does James Contradict Paul?

James is not writing about how to become a Christian, but rather how to act like one. Having all the correct beliefs about God will hardly suffice: even demons believe in God. Real, life-giving faith should produce motion, and James minces no words in describing the specific spiritual actions expected of Christians.

Christian thinkers, notably Martin Luther, have struggled to reconcile the message of James with that of Paul, who so firmly warned against slavish legalism. But Paul never belittled holy living. When he wrote to carousers, such as his letter to the Corinthians, he railed against immorality as strongly as James.

Evidently, James’ readers were not even flirting with legalism. They lived at the other extreme, ignoring the laws that God had clearly revealed. James had a simple remedy: "Do not merely listen to the word …. Do what it says." (1:22)

Straight to the Point

Unlike the apostle Paul, James was no urbane man of letters. He was a simple, homespun preacher, perturbed at people who were not living right. His letter covers a wide range of topics, applying the Christian faith to specific problems, and commanding readers to live out their beliefs.

Be humble! James orders. Submit to God! Stop sinning! James is as forthright as an Old Testament prophet; it is hard to miss his point.

Modern readers of James face the same dilemma as the first recipients of this unsettling letter. His words are easy enough to understand, but are we doing as he says? What kind of motion characterizes our spiritual lives? As Luther himself said, "You are saved by faith alone, but if faith is alone, it is not faith."

As leader of the headquarters church in Jerusalem, James knew how to speak with authority. You don’t have to look for hidden meanings in this book. James tells you clearly how you should act in 54 direct commands. Note that many of these have parallels to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. As you study these verses, keep in mind the diverse audience he was addressing which included the rich and the poor. Note, too, his "asides" to specific groups.

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Bible Reading 

Week to 25 October 2009

  1. Luke 10:25 – 11:54
  2. Luke 12:1 – 13:35
  3. Luke 14:1 – 16:31
  4. Luke 17:1 – 18:43
  5. Luke 19:1 – 20:47
  6. Luke 21:1 – 22:71
  7. Luke 23:1 – 24:53

Week to 1 November 2009

  1. Acts 1:1 – 5:16
  2. Acts 5:17 – 7:60
  3. Acts 8:1 – 9:43
  4. Acts 10:1 – 11:30
  5. Acts 12:1 – 13:52
  6. Acts 14:1 – 15:41
  7. Acts 16:1 – 18:23

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

End Notes

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