METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 46


Volume 4 Issue 46

Monday 23 November 2009

Hippolite Musings 


I was wondering why absolutely nobody had responded to my poll question last week, until Uncle Stan informed me today I forgot to send the email link to it!  I had assumed 100% silence equalled 100% “no” vote.  So let’s try that again, shall we?

I’ve moved my Bible Reader web site and added a new feature where you can click on the link to get to each reference.  Details are below, in the Bible Reading section.

I was asked to summarise the Creationist debate.  This was my reply:

That’s a HUGE question 🙂

The main crux, in my opinion, is who to believe?

As my old professor said to me, "There are intelligent people who believe, and intelligent people who don’t."  You have to make a choice about which set of people you’re going to side with.

In my own investigations, I’ve discovered that those who disdain creationism typically don’t realise that evolutionism is a religion.  It has dogma, and requires faith.  It’s main tenants are unobservable, untestable and unproveable.

Unlike gravity and light, which are empirical science (testable, observable, measurable), the search for origins is forensic science (best guesses about past events).

If you start with "matter is all there is" then you end with Darwinian materialism.
If you start with "In the beginning, God" then you end with Creationism.
There really is no middle ground.



Christmas with a Capital “C”

This should become the #1 Christmas song this year…
These guys have really got it together….good song…


The ACT Party are (predictably) ripping into the Maori Party over Hone Harawira.

What do I actually think?  Not about Hone; I’ve already covered that topic last week.  What do I think of race based politics?

  • The current Foreshore and Seabed Act needs to be repealed because it was deliberately enacted in order to prevent district Maori authorities from legally challenging the Crown in the courts. 
  • The Act is legally sanctioned racism. 
  • The only way it was going to be repealed was by a racially based party targeting it.
  • Personally, while I am currently on the Maori roll, I’m wavering.  With MMP in place, I kind of agree with ACT that the roll is no longer necessary.
  • So, as long as MMP (or some other form of Proportional Representation) was entrenched, then I wouldn’t care if the Maori seats were abolished.

Koinonia House News


  • Inspectors Suspicious Iran Has Hidden Nuclear PlantsNovember 16, 2009
    International inspectors who gained access to Iran’s newly revealed underground nuclear enrichment plant voiced strong suspicions in a report on Monday that the country was concealing other atomic facilities. In unusually tough language, the International Atomic Energy Agency appeared highly skeptical that Iran would have built the enrichment plant without also constructing a variety of other facilities that would give it an alternative way to produce nuclear fuel if its main centers were bombed. The New York Times
  • Dying Town Says Gitmo Detainees Mean JobsNovember 16, 2009
    Some folks in this dying Mississippi River town would rather take their chances with suspected terrorists in their backyard than watch their neighbors continue to move away in despair over the lack of jobs. News that the federal government may buy the nearly empty Thomson Correctional Center and use the maximum-security state prison to house Guantanamo Bay detainees has given people in Thomson hope that things might be about to turn around in this woeful town of 450. AP
  • STDs Heavily Affect Teen GirlsNovember 16, 2009
    Teen girls aged 15 to 19 accounted for the largest number (409,531) of the 1.5 million reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the United States in 2008, followed by women aged 20 to 24, according to an annual federal report released Monday. Of the almost 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases that occur each year in the United States, almost half are among those aged 15 to 24 years. US News & World Report
  • Anything But A JihadistNovember 13, 2009
    What a surprise — that someone who shouts "Allahu Akbar" (the "God is great" jihadist battle cry) as he is shooting up a room of American soldiers might have Islamist motives. It certainly was a surprise to the mainstream media, which spent the weekend after the Fort Hood massacre playing down Nidal Hasan’s religious beliefs. The Washington Post
  • 11-Year-Old Boy Shoots Bear To Protect SistersNovember 13, 2009
    An 11-year-old boy killed a bear at point-blank range last Wednesday night after it wouldn’t leave his family’s porch. The boy was at his home near Driggs with his younger sisters and after seeing the bear on the front porch and not being able to get it to leave, the boy retrieved a gun and killed the animal. Rexburg Standard Journal

Sunday Service

Praise & Worship

  • God Defend NZ
  • As I Survey the Wondrous Cross


  • Brendan & Fipi Hastie home group serves
  • Jeannie Knott administering
  • The only thing (in Jeannie’s opinion) that would prevent anyone from participating would be refusing to forgive
  • Lessons for today
    • What are you believing the Lord for?
    • Forgive one another

Things You Need to Know

  • With Duncan & Ella
  • DVD shoot @ Civic Square @ 1:30pm
  • Baptisms tonight
  • Living Room breakfast @ Tug Boat, Saturday 28th November
  • Into the Woods, Pantomime, December 4 & 5
  • Christmas Services:
  • Global Carol Service Sunday 20th December


  • Janie-Lee got honours in exam
  • Malcolm Baxter’s 2 year old granddaughter birthday
  • Dennis & Tina visiting (from 15 years ago)
  • Jeannie Skyped Mike by herself
  • Bruce & Tania from Auckland Elim visiting (know all of the Jackson’s history)
  • Ross pay rise
  • Neville Johnson got new job at MED
  • Ex-gang member has decided to throw his colours
  • Dana’s brother and sister-in-law visiting

The Grace of Giving

  • 2 Cor 9:8


  • Pastor Selwyn Jackson
  • Elijah and the prophets of Baal
  • 1 Kings 18:16-40
  • “A man just like us”

Hugely dramatic elements (doesn’t make it untrue)

  • Villain = Jezebel/Baal
  • Victim = Israel
  • Volunteer (hero) = Elijah
  • Victor = God

Elijah had declared “no rain”

  • Direct confrontation to Baal, the supposed god of the weather
  • Becomes first candidate for witness protection!
  • Challenges the (false) prophets to a cook-off!
  • Which god will cook the best BBQ?
  • “Come on Baal, light my fire”

God is not confined to this building

  • God breaks out of the Temple
  • He sent fire from heaven and the people turned back to Him

God’s mandate has not changed

  • That people will know him
  • That their hearts would be turned back to Him

Same mandate

  • same message
  • just different people

Elijah essentials for today

  • his message was RELEVANT – it’s our job to make that message relevant to today
  • his God was REAL – we show him real, by demonstrating answered prayer
  • he was a man who was READY

Who are you trusting to cook your BBQ?

  • False hope or true hope?
  • You will never take big hills without making bold moves – Bill Hybels

Why I Am A Christian


Real interviews? Real archived footage?

The Fourth Kind hit cinemas just a few days ago. Its disturbing hypothesis is that a town in Alaska underwent a spate of alien abduction episodes, and that it has real footage and proof of these events. The controversy and hype is in overdrive. Is this true, and what are Christians to think about such claims?

Moreover, what should the church do, if anything, about such stories and with people who say they’ve had these experiences? Gary Bates has unearthed facts about this alleged docu-drama that will surprise you.

Read The Fourth Kind movie review, then pass it on to your friends, pastors, churches and leaders, and help them be prepared for the latest hit from Hollywood.

Atheists on the march

Outspoken atheist P.Z. Myers recently addressed a large gathering at Minot State University in North Dakota. With great zeal he openly trashed the Christian worldview and in particular the creationist (biblical) explanation for origins.  However, CMI supporter Greg Demme noted how Myers’ talk was high on rhetoric but lacking in substance. So he very graciously asked Myers some questions in the Q & A after the talk. The responses were very revealing and should encourage all Christians to be equipped to challenge such apostles of deceit. Armed with a little information and sense of humility before his Creator, Mr Demme showed that the evolutionary emperor has no clothes.

Read P.Z. Myers’ evolutionary equivocation.

Why I Am A Creationist


The Greatest Show on Earth

This is the title of well-known antitheist Richard Dawkins’ new book. His reasoning for producing this latest effort is that he feels that his previous books did not quite mention enough “evidence” for evolution, and as he says “…it seemed like a good gap to close”.

Dr Jonathan Sarfati provides a real perspective on some of this evidence in advance of his new book that will respond to Dawkins’ claims.

Read Darwinopterus v Dawkins.

Sneak peek from Creation magazine

You can read Dr Don Batten’s editorial from the December issue online. He discusses the attempts by evolutionary scientists to diminish man’s place in the universe. It is the Bible that tells that God made mankind—male and female—“in His image” (Genesis 1:26, 27). This was not man’s idea, it was God’s and we can truly understand our place in this universe, which displays the hallmarks of the incredible Creator God.

Read Significance versus insignificance.

Why I Am A Global Warming Critic

Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?

By James Delingpole Politics Last updated: November 20th, 2009

If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)

Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible

Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

Isaac Newton invented calculus, discovered the law of gravity and the three laws of motion, anticipated the law of energy conservation, developed the particle theory of light propagation, and invented the reflecting telescope. He firmly believed in Jesus Christ as his Saviour and the Bible as God’s word, and wrote many books on these topics.

Friday Fax
(UN Watch)


New UNFPA Report Goes Green to Promote "Reproductive Rights"

By Piero A. Tozzi

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its annual State of the World Population Report yesterday, linking efforts to promote "sustainable development" and affect "climate change" to its "reproductive rights" agenda. Critics see the report as a thinly-veiled attempt to harness popular environmental concerns in service of population control. The report, "Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate," asserts that achieving "universal access to reproductive health" would both contribute to declines in fertility and "help reduce green-house gas emissions in the long run." It calls upon nations to "fully fund family planning services and contraceptive supplies."  

Council of Europe Debates "Gay" Adoption and Gender Re-Assignment

By Samantha Singson

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Next week in Europe, a committee of human rights “experts” will discuss a draft recommendation on measures to “combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure respect for human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and to promote tolerance towards them.” Proponents claim there is a need for “specific action” because homosexuals are still subjected to “homophobia, transphobia and other forms of intolerance and discrimination.”  

Train a Child

Cool Physics Experiment


Darth Vader now in charge of California Department of Education

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • PM Netanyahu and the Jewish State:  This week, Prime Minister Netanyahu journeyed to the United States to speak to the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America and to meet with President Obama. Many stories have been written about the Obama meeting. Some have reported…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team










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
23-Nov-09 Residents Association AGM Grenada Village Bruce Patterson
30-Nov-09 Ladies Movie & Dessert Evening Johnsonville Salvation Army (JSA) N/A
1-Dec-09 Microsoft UNPLUGGED The Intercontinental N/A
3-4 Dec 09 VEX Robotics Boot Camp Massey University N/A
4-Dec-09 Telecom Staff Christmas Party TSB Arena N/A
4-5 Dec 09 Pantomime Wellington Elim N/A
5-Dec-09 Christmas Parade Johnsonville Santa
9-Dec-09 WHEN End of Year dinner TBA N/A
12-13 Dec-09 Angela Goodall Dance Academy Concert TBA Angela Goodall
13-Dec-09 Christmas Party Grenada Village Hall Santa
15-Dec-09 Christmas Carols Grenada Village Hall JSA Brass Band
16-Dec-09 WHEN Pot-Luck and Variety Evening Concert Anchor Church N/A

Book Review

1 Corinthians

Author: 1 Corinthians 1:1 identifies the author of the book of 1 Corinthians as the apostle Paul.
Date of Writing: The book of 1 Corinthians was written in approximately A. D. 55.
Purpose of Writing: The apostle Paul founded the church in Corinth. A few years after leaving the church, the Apostle Paul heard some disturbing reports about the Corinthian church. They were full of pride and were excusing sexual immorality. Spiritual gifts were being used improperly, and there was rampant misunderstanding of key Christian doctrines. The apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians in an attempt to restore the Corinthian church to its foundation—Jesus Christ.
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 3:3: “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 12:7: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
Brief Summary: The Corinthian church was plagued by divisions. The believers in Corinth were dividing into groups loyal to certain spiritual leaders (1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:1-6). Paul exhorted the Corinthian believers to be united because of devotion to Christ (1 Corinthians 3:21-23). Many in the church were essentially approving of an immoral relationship (1 Corinthians 5:1-2). Paul commanded them to expel the wicked man from the church (1 Corinthians 5:13). The Corinthian believers were taking each other to court (1 Corinthians 6:1-2). Paul taught the Corinthians that it would be better to be taken advantage of than to damage their Christian testimony (1 Corinthians 6:3-8).
Paul gave the Corinthian church instructions on marriage and celibacy (chapter 7), food sacrificed to idols (chapters 8 and 10), Christian freedom (chapter 9), the veiling of women (1 Corinthians 11:1-16), the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17-34), spiritual gifts (chapters 12-14), and the resurrection (chapter 15). Paul organized the book of 1 Corinthians by answering questions the Corinthian believers had asked him and by responding to improper conduct and erroneous beliefs they had accepted.
Connections: In chapter 10 of the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul uses the story of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness to illustrate to the Corinthian believers the folly of the misuse of freedom and the danger of overconfidence. Paul has just warned the Corinthians about their lack of self-discipline (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). He goes on to describe the Israelites who, despite seeing God’s miracles and care for them—the parting of the Red Sea, the miraculous provision of manna from heaven and water from a rock—they misused their freedom, rebelled against God, and fell into immorality and idolatry. Paul exhorts the Corinthian church to note the example of the Israelites and avoid lusts and sexual immorality (vv. 6-8) and putting Christ to the test and complaining (vv. 9-10). See Numbers 11:4, 34, 25:1-9; Exodus 16:2, 17:2, 7.
Practical Application: Many of the problems and questions the Corinthian church was dealing with are still present in the church today. Churches today still struggle with divisions, with immorality, and with the use of spiritual gifts. The book of 1 Corinthians very well could have been written to the church today and we would do well to heed Paul’s warnings and apply them to ourselves. Despite all the rebukes and corrections, 1 Corinthians brings our focus back to where it should be—on Christ. Genuine Christian love is the answer to many problems (chapter 13). A proper understanding of the resurrection of Christ, as revealed in chapter 15, and thereby a proper understand of our own resurrection, is the cure for what divides and defeats us.
Recommended Resources: 1 Corinthians, NIV Application Commentary by Craig Blomberg.
1 Corinthians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur.
1 & 2 Corinthians, Holman New Testament Commentary by Richard Pratt.
1 Corinthians, New International Commentary on the New Testament by Gordon Fee.


Again, pure theology from the deepest thinker I’ve ever read (bar none).  And why not?  We’re devolving from Adam’s initial perfection.


Bible Reading 

Week to 22 November 2009

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:1-16:24
  2. 2 Corinthians 1:1-4:18
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:1-8:24
  4. 2 Corinthians 9:1-13:13
  5. Jude
  6. Acts 21:1-23:35
  7. Acts 24:1-26:32

Week to 29 November 2009

  1. Ephesians 1:1-4:16
  2. Ephesians 4:17-6:24
  3. Colossians 1:1-4:18
  4. Philemon; Acts 27:1-28:31
  5. Philippians 1:1-4:23
  6. Titus 1:1-3:15
  7. 1 Timothy 1:1-6:21

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


Rapture Ruckus is Going Global

Christian Rap Artist Rapture Ruckus (Wellington Elim’s own Brad Dring) is signing a record deal with a major American label.

His vision is to bring the gospel message in a socially relevant way to his own people group.  If you feel lead to be a part of that, go to his MySpace site (link above).

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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  • If this fortnight’s newsletter has been of benefit to you, why not drop a line and say so.  Or better yet, visit the TVORNZ website to read past issues and add a comment!
  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright © 2009


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