METTLE Weekly Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 50

METTLE

Volume 4 Issue 50

Monday 21 December 2009

Hippolite Musings 

Gentlemen

 

Blessings,
James


Correspondence

Monckton vs Greenie – a must see!

Watch and listen to Lord Monckton severely embarrassing lovingly correct a typical ignorant Greenpeace activist on the streets of Copenhagen:

http://www.breitbart.tv/lord-monckton-debates-greenpeace-activist-on-streets-of-copenhagen/

Enjoy!


Koinonia House News

**IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES**

  • Iran Criticized For Missile TestDecember 16, 2009
    Western powers concerned over Tehran’s apparent successful test of Sejil-2 surface-to-surface missile. "Tests only undermine Iran’s claims of peaceful intentions," says White House spokesman. "At a time when the international community has offered Iran opportunities to begin to build trust and confidence, Iran’s missile tests only undermine Iran’s claims of peaceful intentions," White House spokesman Mike Hammer said. Reuters and AFP
  • China To Expand Its Nuclear PowerDecember 16, 2009
    China is preparing to build three times as many nuclear power plants in the coming decade as the rest of the world combined, a breakneck pace with the potential to help slow global warming. Yet inside and outside the country, the speed of the construction program has raised safety concerns. China has asked for international help in training a force of nuclear inspectors. The New York Times
  • 20000 Christians in India Celebrate Christmas As RefugeesDecember 15, 2009
    Up to 20,000 Indian Christians face Christmas as refugees – two years after a wave of attacks by militant Hindus in the state of Orissa. Release International warns many displaced by the worst sectarian rioting in India are still unable to return to their villages for fear of death or forcible conversion to Hinduism. Pakistan Christian TV
  • The Battle Over Christian Ethiopian JewsDecember 13, 2009
    The Falashmura "problem" was created after the vast majority of Ethiopian Jews were brought to Israel in Operation Solomon in 1991. The Falashmura, descendents of Jews who converted to Christianity in the 19th century and for the most part stayed in close touch with Jews, remained behind. In Israel, the Chief Rabbinate ruled that they are "totally Jewish," but demanded that they undergo conversion in order to dispel any doubt. Haaretz
  • Christians Increasingly Accept Unbiblical BeliefsDecember 10, 2009
    Elements of Eastern faiths and New Age thinking have been widely adopted by 65 percent of US adults, including many who call themselves Protestants and Catholics, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released Wednesday. Syncretism – mashing up contradictory beliefs like Catholic rocker Madonna’s devotion to a Kabbalah-light version of Jewish mysticism – appears on the rise. And, according to the survey’s other major finding, devotion to one clear faith is fading. USA Today
  • Operation Christmas ShoeBox Wraps Up LoveDecember 04, 2009
    This year, Operation Christmas Child will hand-deliver 8.2million shoeboxes – 1.95million of them routed through the Charlotte warehouse where Graham, head of the Boone-based Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, gave his pep talk to volunteers. "Every box is important," Graham told the crowd during a fete that included singing and testimonies from past shoebox recipients who are now living in the United States. "I want children around the world to know that there’s a God that loves them." The Charlotte Observer

Sunday Service

I wasn’t there

I visited Celebration Church for first time.

I witnessed their Christmas Production.

Very similar look and feel to Elim.  Bigger.  At the Michael Fowler Centre.  Saw some familiar faces.


Why I Am A Creationist

NZ Baptist publication demonstrates grave apostasy

In a demonstration of ‘fair’ journalism, a recent edition of the NZ Baptist ran a ‘debate’ over the issue of the meaning of the book of Genesis.

One article was by a six-day, young-Earth creationist, and the opposing position was represented by four theistic evolutionist Christian scientists who basically all agreed that both Genesis and evolution can be true.
There are several basic, fundamental flaws with any view that proposes a millions or billions of years timeframe for the universe, including a destruction of the very reason Christ came to die for our sins. After all in Mark 10:6 Jesus said that “God made them male and female at the beginning of creation.” A 15 billion year-old universe, with Adam and Eve only being created around 6,000 years ago, does not put them at the “beginning” of creation. As the diagram (right) shows.

Valuable lessons can be learnt by accepting God’s Word first and the secular science second.

Read NZ–CEO Adrian Bates’ report Theistic evolutionists “bewitched”?

The Michelle Obama racism row—what’s it based on?

Internet search giant Google felt it was necessary to issue an apology for a photo of the US President’s wife Michelle Obama, being accessed through their search engine. The photo had been manipulated to make Mrs Obama look like a monkey. In the ‘racist’ furor that followed, a key point seemed to be overlooked. In short, why was likening America’s First Lady to an ape or monkey considered racist? Insulting, yes, but after all, when the previous president of the United States, George W. Bush, was likened to a chimpanzee on various websites, the mockery was never referred to as being racist in nature.

The answer lies, believe it or not, in Darwinian evolutionary beliefs (and even some predating Darwin), in which it was historically believed that black people remained closer to humans’ evolutionary ape heritage than whites. Evolutionists were dead wrong when they once proposed this because such ideas have no basis in modern science—unfortunately, the stigma remains.

Read Dr David Catchpoole’s insightful article here.

Spong is wrong…still!

American Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong is well-known for his complete reinterpretation of just about every Christian doctrine. Yet he is amazingly popular and conducts speaking tours around the world in the very same denomination that his views would ultimately undermine. A brief article on our site shows the tragic, yet, logical fruit of such thinking. Spong writes:

“And Charles Darwin not only made us Christians face the fact that the literal creation story cannot be quite so literal, but he also destroyed the primary myth by which we had told the Jesus story for centuries. That myth suggested that there was a finished creation from which we human beings had fallen into sin, and therefore needed a rescuing divine presence to lift us back to what God had originally created us to be. … And so the story of Jesus who comes to rescue us from the Fall becomes a nonsensical story. So how can we tell the Jesus story with integrity and with power, against the background of a humanity that is not fallen but is simply unfinished?”

It helps to be aware of what is being taught in the high echelons of some denominations so we can readily counter such false teaching.

Read Spong is Wrong and What is Wrong with Bishop Spong?

Christmas and Genesis—the connection

Of course, we want to wish all of our supporters a blessed Christmas as we set aside this time to celebrate the Saviour’s birth. But is it biblical to do so, and was Jesus actually born on 25 December, and what does it really matter anyway?

When the misotheists are so eager to tear every tradition away from our once Christian cultures, we believe that it is appropriate to commemorate God’s entry into our world. Even if, as is claimed (even likely) that a Dec. 25 Christmas had a pagan origin, does that really stop people celebrating the incarnation of Christ Jesus on that day? It just serves as an example of Christians taking dominion in the world. In any case, most would be unaware of that anyway. Despite the rampant commercialism, most still understand that Christmas commemorates the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s help them to understand that He came to die in order to take away the sins of those who receive His free gift. Read Christmas and Genesis by Dr Jonathan Sarfati.

Recommended reading is also The Nativity: Fact or Fiction.

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RSS feed explains more on how it works. This is all at the bottom of the middle column on the home page of creation.com.

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Why I Am A Climate Realist

DIY ocean heating

by Mark Imisides

December 7, 2009

Scarcely a day goes by without us being warned of coastal inundation by rising seas due to global warming.

Carbon dioxide, we are told, traps heat that has been irradiated by the oceans, and this warms the oceans and melts the polar ice caps. While this seems a plausible proposition at first glance, when one actually examines it closely a major flaw emerges.

In a nutshell, water takes a lot of energy to heat up, and air doesn’t contain much. In fact, on a volume/volume basis, the ratio of heat capacities is about 3300 to 1. This means that to heat 1 litre of water by 1˚C it would take 3300 litres of air that was 2˚C hotter, or 1 litre of air that was about 3300˚C hotter!

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. If you ran a cold bath and then tried to heat it by putting a dozen heaters in the room, does anyone believe that the water would ever get hot?

The problem gets even stickier when you consider the size of the ocean. Basically, there is too much water and not enough air.

The ocean contains a colossal 1,500,000,000,000,000,000,000 litres of water! To heat it, even by a small amount, takes a staggering amount of energy. To heat it by a mere 1˚C, for example, an astonishing 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules of energy are required.

Let’s put this amount of energy in perspective. If we all turned off all our appliances and went and lived in caves, and then devoted every coal, nuclear, gas, hydro, wind and solar power plant to just heating the ocean, it would take a breathtaking 32,000 years to heat the ocean by just this 1˚C!

In short, our influence on our climate, even if we really tried, is miniscule!

So it makes sense to ask the question – if the ocean were to be heated by greenhouse warming of the atmosphere, how hot would the air have to get? If the entire ocean is heated by 1˚C, how much would the air have to be heated by to contain enough heat to do the job?

Well, unfortunately for every ton of water there is only a kilogram of air. Taking into account the relative heat capacities and absolute masses, we arrive at the astonishing figure of 4,000˚C.

That is, if we wanted to heat the entire ocean by 1˚C, and wanted to do it by heating the air above it, we’d have to heat the air to about 4,000˚C hotter than the water.

And another problem is that air sits on top of water – how would hot air heat deep into the ocean? Even if the surface warmed, the warm water would just sit on top of the cold water. Thus, if the ocean were being heated by greenhouse heating of the air, we would see a system with enormous thermal lag – for the ocean to be only slightly warmer, the land would have to be substantially warmer, and the air much, much warmer (to create the temperature gradient that would facilitate the transfer of heat from the air to the water).

Therefore any measurable warmth in the ocean would be accompanied by a huge and obvious anomaly in the air temperatures, and we would not have to bother looking at ocean temperatures at all. So if the air doesn’t contain enough energy to heat the oceans or melt the ice caps, what does? The earth is tilted on its axis, and this gives us our seasons. When the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, we have more direct sunlight and more of it (longer days). When it is tilted away from the sun, we have less direct sunlight and less of it (shorter days). The direct result of this is that in summer it is hot and in winter it is cold. In winter we run the heaters in our cars, and in summer the air conditioners. In winter the polar caps freeze over and in summer 60-70% of them melt (about ten million square kilometres). In summer the water is warmer and winter it is cooler (ask any surfer).

All of these changes are directly determined by the amount of sunlight that we get. When the clouds clear and bathe us in sunlight, we don’t take off our jumper because of greenhouse heating of the atmosphere, but because of the direct heat caused by the sunlight on our body. The sun’s influence is direct, obvious, and instantaneous. If the enormous influence of the sun on our climate is so obvious, then, by what act of madness do we look at a variation of a fraction of a percent in any of these variables, and not look to the sun as the cause?

Why on earth (pun intended) do we attribute any heating of the oceans to carbon dioxide, when there is a far more obvious culprit, and when such a straightforward examination of the thermodynamics render it impossible.

Mark Imisides is an industrial chemist working in the private sector.


Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible

Charles Babbage (1792-1871)

Charles Babbage was the founder of computer science. He developed information storage and retrieval systems, and used punched cards for instruction sets and data sets in automated industrial controls. He was also a Christian with strong convictions and wrote an important book defending the Bible and miracles.


Friday Fax
(UN Watch)

Dear Colleague,

First the very good news. We have launched “UN Blog” that you can find on the homepage of http://www.c-fam.org. We did so because there are just too many stories for us to cover in two Friday Fax stories a week. So, we have gathered a panel of experts on international social policy from the US and Europe who will comment every day throughout the day on UN and EU matters as they relate to life and family. Check it out at http://www.c-fam.org/blog/.
We report today on Italy pushing back against European encroachment on Italian sovereignty. This important Italian effort could set important precedents going forward.

While we generally steer clear of any self-referential reporting, sometimes we cannot help it. We report also on a C-FAM initiative in relations to so called safe abortion and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Spread the word.

Yours sincerely,

Austin Ruse
President

PS Today marks the beginning of the 13th year of the Friday Fax.

Italian Supreme Court Decision Signals Sovereign Resistance to European Overreach

By Piero A. Tozzi, J.D.

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) A little-publicized decision by Italy’s Constitutional Court last month may have significant implications concerning the direction of Europe, strengthening national sovereignty as a bulwark against transnational overreach by European institutions. It also signals the continued importance of national constitutions, despite the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty earlier this month. In Sentenza N. 311, the Italian Constitutional Court stated that where rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) conflict with provisions of the Italian Constitution, such rulings "lack legitimacy."   Read more

New Paper Links UN Promotion of "Safe" Abortion to Maternal Deaths

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) A recent submission to the United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) provides evidence of the potentially fatal consequences of "safe" abortion promoted by UN agencies, and includes a list of 113 studies linking abortion dangerous complications such as pre-term birth in subsequent pregnancies. "The encouragement by [the UN Population Fund] UNFPA and [the World Health Organization] WHO of the use of mifepristone (RU-486, Mifegyne) and misoprostol (Cytotec) as ‘safe’ abortifacients in medically resource poor nations is unconscionable" the paper says, "and a violation of the human right to health of women."   Read more


Train a Child

Attended Grenada Village Community Association Christmas Carols

  • Very rare event (not for us, we have it every year.  I mean rare for a community to organise for ourselves to do this.)
  • Salvation Army supplied the music; took requests.
  • Kids had quizzes and got lollies for right answers.
  • I remembered an answer from last year: what Christmas-themed song is globally #1?  White Christmas by Bing Crosby.

Attended WHEN Pot-Luck and Variety Evening at Anchor Church

  • Hippolite family could only muster Tane to do three of his saxophone pieces.  Well done, son.  Thanks for stepping up and rescuing us.
  • Other families did skits, songs and musical combinations.

Attended Expelled Movie.  Took Fiona and Tane (12 years old).

  • Not too bad. Quite good, in fact. Unlike "The Voyage Which Changed the World," which was a gentle retelling of Darwin’s journey, and factual refutation of some of his conclusions, this documentary was a full-frontal look at how bad and wrong and funny are the pro-evolution cabal. Intelligent Designers are portrayed as the saviours of academic freedom, and the shutdown of the debate on the grounds that it might lead to (shock, horror) Creationism being taught in schools, is seen as the red-herring it really is. I think Ben Stein did a brilliant job to bring out what ID-ers actually believe, and they’re not all 6-day literal Creationists like me. And Richard Dawkins was classically fool-hardy in admitting that if ID had anything useful to submit, it could only be that perhaps life here was seeded from "out there." In other words, nobody actually knows how life here began, and since it appears designed, then maybe it was, but not by God. Only super-intelligent aliens are allowed in Richard Dawkin’s world-view.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • Robin Shepherd’s Robust Defense of Israel:  Why should a secular non-Jew support the Jewish State of Israel? Foreign policy expert, Robin Shepherd convincingly answers this and related questions in his important new book, A State Beyond the Pale: Europe’s Problem With Israel. Shepherd is a non-Jew whose defense of…
  • Eight Days of Chanukah – Composed by Senator Orin Hatch:  Eight Days of Hanukkah from Tablet Magazine on Vimeo….
  • European Union Officially Calls For Division of Jerusalem:  As we have reported, the European Union’s movement against a free and united Jerusalem has resulted in a formal declaration that Jerusalem should be divided. The EU states, "The Council recalls that it has never recognized the annexation of East… (read more)
  • Israel’s Internal Challenge :  Since last week’s decision to impose a 10 month moratorium on construction in Judea and Samaria, political tensions have continued to fester in Israel. There are daily challenges to the government’s orders while Israel’s left wing politicians are threatening to prosecute… (read more)

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Errata

Hello James.

Points 6 and 7 from your latest newsletter cannot both be true:

…. Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran.
….and wrote in the Koran that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews

Cheers, Richard

Yeah, I did notice that when I read it last week.  I didn’t put an editorial point in there; I should have.  I forgot about it before I hit send.  I’ll add a comment now.  Thanks.

Geoff Metcalf has the following version of those two points (which makes much more sense):
6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.


Humour

Father Murphy walked into a pub in Donegal, and said to the first man he meets, "Do you want to go to heaven?"
The man said, "I do Father."
The priest said, "Then leave this pub right now!" and approached a second man. "Do you want to got to heaven?"
"Certainly, Father," was the man’s reply.
"Then leave this den of Satan," said the priest, as he walked up to O’Toole.
"Do you want to go to heaven?"
"No, I don’t Father," O’Toole replied.
The priest looked him right in the eye, and said, "You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?"
O’Toole smiled, "Oh, when I die, yes, Father. I tort you were getting a group together to go right now."

 

Walking Sermon

As our pastor’s sermon stretched on, my daughter grew impatient and started to talk.

"Shh," I whispered. "I want to hear the sermon."

Later that week, we saw our pastor while shopping. We exchanged greetings, and as we walked away, I asked my daughter, "Do you know who that was?"

"Sure," she replied. "That was the Sermon."

—Helen Siml, Wheaton, IL. "Heart to Heart," Today’s Christian Woman


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
25-Dec-09 Christmas Day Everywhere Christ, the Lord
19-21 Feb 2010 Creation Ministries Northland Adrian Bates
26-28 Mar 2010 Creation Ministries Waikato Adrian Bates
14-16 May 2010 Creation Ministries Porirua Adrian Bates
25-27 Jun 2010 Creation Ministries Bay of Plenty Adrian Bates


Book Review

1 & 2 Peter

Cool.  Not my favourite apostle.  (Peter to the Jews, Paul to the Gentiles.)

8/10

 


Bible Reading 

Week to 20 December 2009

  1. 1 Peter 5:1-14; 2 Peter 1:1-3:18
  2. John 1:1-3:36
  3. John 4:1-5:47
  4. John 6:1-7:31
  5. John 7:32-8:59
  6. John 9:1-11:44
  7. John 11:45-13:17

Week to 27 December 2009

  1. John 13:18-16:33
  2. John 17:1-19:27
  3. John 19:28-21:25
  4. 1 John 1:1-4:21
  5. 1 John 5:1-21; 2 John; 3 John
  6. Revelation 1:1-3:22
  7. Revelation 4:1-8:13

Don’t forget you can look up these references for yourselves at: http://hippolite.grenadavillage.org.nz/.


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

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