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#sparkInnovation14 Part 2

Saturday Afternoon:

  • The seventh session: “The Art and Science of Story Telling”
    • Hook, “What’s in it for me (the audience)?” & 3 points (with evidences) and the kick (closing the deal).
    • Discussion around: choose appropriate level for your audience, story-telling in a tweet (it can be done); brevity vs. detail; journalism “inverted pyramid” of information: who-what-where-when (the “why” comes later).
  • The eighth session: “Human Extinction: What’s going to cause it, and should we bother to prevent it?” Is it better for the planet to let it happen to us? How much do we value future generations, in that we are willing to change today?
    • Asteroid Strike, Rouge A.I., Ebola (virus/black plague), Zombie apocalypse, Nuclear War, Alien Invasion, Global Warming.
    • Population control: agree or disagree? (I was the sole dissenter. My reasoning being that the Chinese example is too draconian. It should be a heart decision.)
    • Humanly speaking, there is no denying that we are growing our population within finite resources to breaking point.
    • There is a competing philosophy: that the Creation was made for Man, not Man for the Creation; meaning: we are to be good stewards of the environment, but not limited by it.
    • Spiritually speaking: there is hope, if we will change our hearts and agree to work for the Greater Good (The Golden Rule).
    • (There were some militant humanists in the room, in that my right to survive outweighs anybody else’s, to the point where I am justified in any action in order to ensure the survival of me and my kind.)

#SparkInnovation14

Does Spark need a Chaplaincy?

  • If yes, what would it do?

My Motivations in asking the question:

  • My career has peaked. There’s nowhere vertical for me to go. Therefore, in order to be more fulfilled, I have to incorporate more of my outside interests into my work. Hence, offering my marriage counselling, spiritual guidance skills.
  • Nearly every week, I observe within Spark, demotivation, depression, crises. I am fundamentally loyal to this company. I would like to offer something to help.

Relevancy:

  • The first session I attended this weekend was “Plane crashes & Ebola: are your travel plans affected?” The discussion transitioned into doomsday scenarios. I was fascinated. The veneer of civilisation very quickly disappeared in that discussion, in that people were actually contemplating bombing potentially innocent boat people. To me, this prove a lack of moral centre. We agreed that empires fall. Is the American empire about to fall?
Empire Prophet Expression
Greek Aristotle There is no good in mankind
Judaism Jeremiah The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Christian Paul All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Humanism Philosophers Man is a helpless victim of this environment
  • The second session was “3D Printing & the Internet of Things”. 3dhubs.com provides a 3d printing & delivery service.
  • The third session was “Odd Hobbies”. We are unique human beings, with diverse enthusiasms. My contributions (from more mainstream to less so) were:
    • Squash
    • Blogging (somebody else wrote “TV & movies”
    • Attending Conferences (somebody else wrote “going to sci-fi conventions”)
    • Speaking/presenting
    • Marriage counselling
  • The fourth session was, “Business Patterns” and how to use them to improve business. The problem of entrenching success, is it makes the process inflexible. However, in order to allow flexibility, requires delegated authority, which incurs risk.
    • I liken this to fatherhood: leading the family. If they were warned, then they are being disobedient. If they weren’t warned, then they are not disobedient, they are merely childish, and shouldn’t be punished.
    • Likewise, the owner of the company decides what is best for the company, and needs to communicate that, then allow their people freedom to work within that paradigm. This is a Biblical model of hierarchy.
    • Also, I’m raising generals, not soldiers.   Therefore I’m going to teach them how to think, not what to think.
    • But, organisations like McDonalds, who have a repeatable process, want drones to follow the process.
    • But if I’m a start-up, I’m going to hire pioneers, who thrive on the chaos of creativity, and need to be entertained, and hate structure. Structure may come later, but when, and to what degree?
    • The owner is the visionary, but needs to hire either employees to follow, or consultants to recommend new directions.
    • Nobody here liked my suggestion that any organisation is like a family, in that Dad sets the direction. (I love stirring the pot.)
  • The Fifth Session, “What has technology done to humanity?”
    • Why I Think This World Should End: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ1qlSjL_9g. This video talks about the negative aspects of our society and recommends that the antidote is love.
    • Are we too loosely allowing future generations to view bad things? What has changed between the 1950’s and today? Culture, technology, expectations, values.
    • It’s feeding our insatiable appetite of inquisitiveness.
    • My slant: “there is a Book, that talks about Man’s propensity to use technology for self-advancement, instead of contentment. At the Tower of Babel, Man tried to eliminate God from their society, and failed.”
    • Computers allows us to do things quicker. We’re doing the bad things quicker. Technology amplifies what’s there.
    • In the Humanist Manifesto, which is the predominant philosophy of Western Society, the promise was that Science would solve all our ills. The problem is, that Science is driven by fallible human beings. A good case in point is fat was discovered to be “bad”, was removed, but was replaced with salt and sugar. The result: incredible obesity. So, the philosophy is corrupt, because its basis (a purely good humanity) is false.
  • The sixth session: “Does Technology enable or relieve loneliness/isolation, especially in the elderly?” What can be done to improve the situation in 2041, when 1.3M Kiwis will be over 65?
    • Is the Hugging Chair (in Japan) a good idea? Just because they built it, and it’s being used, does the need exist? Nobody doubts the need for real hugs. Can technology replace that? I doubt it.
    • My slant: The Wheton Law applies: “Don’t be a Dick.” Invest in relationships now, so that people want to interact with you later. It doesn’t really matter what technology exists in the future, if humans don’t want to talk to you. The Hugging Chair is tacky.

I’m going to blog this now, so that you get a feel for it.

My Submission on the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill

I just sent my submission to government.  Here’s what I wrote:

I do not want my government to redefine marriage. I do not believe government has the moral right to do so. Governments of the people for the people merely recognise natural rights. They cannot and should not attempt to create new rights. This can only be done by removing real rights.

On the subject of recognition of same-sex relationships, they already have Civil Unions. This should be sufficient.

As a potential marriage celebrant myself, I do not want the government to force me to go against my principles in blessing a union which I do not believe to be in the best interests of society.

On the subject of same-sex adoption, that I believe this Bill is targeted to achieve, I believe that all children have a right to their biological mother and father. It is not possible in nature to reproduce without both sexes, therefore we should not be making a law for the exceptions.

I believe the NZ Government should send a strong signal, in accordance with the majority of research into the matter, that the natural family unit is the best place to raise a child.

I have indicated a willingness to present this submission in person:

Happy to present this submission in person. Not particularly fussed either way. I don’t claim to be an expert in the field, merely a concerned and interested citizen.

We’ll see what happens next!

Current Thoughts on Schooling

Background:

  • After 14 years, Tane decided to try schooling out.
  • He went in at year 11, NCEA1, to a decile 8 or 9 school.

Yesterday:

  • He attained over 25% of NCEA1 (at least 22 out of 80 credits).
  • He completed his bit-part in the school musical.
  • He got cyber-bullied.

Today:

  • I’m 80% certain he will choose to come back to homeschooling next year.

Thoughts:

  • He’s not failing the school system.
  • The school system is failing him.

METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 5

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 5

May 2010

Hippolite Musings 

Gentlemen,

In May, I managed to:

  • Had a birthday;
  • Attended a wedding;
  • Saw a movie (Iron Man 2);
  • Presented a guest lecture at VUW;
  • Attended a committee meeting (or 2);
  • Played some squash;
  • Took ownership of another community web site (my third);
  • Indoctrinated my kids into programming (with Scratch); and
  • Moved my home wireless modem from downstairs to upstairs.

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

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PLEASE PRAY!

  • THAILAND.  The situation in Bangkok between the "red shirt" political protesters and the government remains critical.  Many feel this week could be D-Day.  Close to 40 protesters have been killed and many more injured. Many foreign embassies have advised their respective citizens to leave the country. Please remember Thailand in prayer, in particular that the influence of the powers of darkness be broken and that people will turn to the Prince of Peace!
  • NTH INDIA.  Kitbok Ryntathiang, WO Nth India director writes, "Please pray for the Meitei people. There is deep political turmoil developing between the Nagas (Nagaland) who are pushing the Meitei to the edge. This is affecting distribution of basic food items which are soaring in price here in N-E India. Petrol is now USD 4.00 a litre – when available. One 15kg cylinder of cooking gas now costs the Meitei USD 35.00.  During the past 4-5 years the Holy Spirit has drawn thousands of Meitei to Himself and WO church planting teams are very much involved in this.  It does not help when the Nagas (who call themselves Christians) cause such problems for the Meitei people. Please pray for a solution.  Both the Nagas and the Meitei need our prayers.”
  • INDONESIA.  Sam & Carol Soukotta are very grateful to those who are praying and who have contributed to the fund to buy the land where the Tawangmangu Bible College premises are located in Central Java – for the past 40+ years. To date more than USD 43,000.00 has been raised with a further $330,000.00 needed before the January 2011 deadline. Please keep praying that the necessary funds will be forthcoming and this marvellous facility will continue to be used to train up Godly men & women for ministry service in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim populated nation.     
  • AUSTRALIA.  Chris & Nadine Brittain have less than one month to go before they leave Australia to settle and serve in East Africa with WO.  They still have not raised their full budget and need the Lord to do a miracle on their behalf in this area. Let’s unite our hearts and faith with them in prayer, in particular that their budget goal will be reached by the time they fly out of Sydney next month.
  • KEY POSITION. Please keep praying that the position of WO Operations Director  will be filled soon. We believe the Holy Spirit is already stirring someone’s heart in preparation for this call!   Please direct any interest to Luke Chong luke.chong@worldoutreach.org.sg in the first instance.  The role of an Operations Director is a very key & important position in WOI, especially so with the organization steadily growing each year in both field personnel and ministries.  Please be praying with us for the right person.
  • RESOURCES.  Missionaries have big dreams and choose to let the Holy Spirit direct what they can / cannot do – rather than their often limited resources. I have compiled a “wish list” of financial projects / programs that many different WO ministries are looking to the Lord to provide resources for.  Please pray with us that there will be an extra steady supply of resources in the coming weeks that will help bless the projects in need.  Thank you.    

PRAISE!

  • NTH ASIA. Thank for your prayers during Mary’s & my travels to Korea and Japan earlier this month. It was so good to meet up with the 3 different WO teams in Korea and also catch up with the progress and development of their respective ministries.  Tension continues to build up between North & South Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship last month killing more than 40 sailors. Pray this does not get out of hand.  The mission consultation I attended in Tokyo drew more than 1200 participants from all continents. The gathering was also a 100 year celebration commemorating the first global mission conference that took place in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1910.  Some truly exciting testimonies were shared of the progress been made of getting the Gospel established among all the world’s ethnic people groups. The past decade has seen more Muslims become followers of Jesus Christ than in the past 1000 years. Praise His Name!  
  • THAILAND. Lorraine Dierck reports that the past few weeks has seen many Thais come to Christ through different ministry initiatives – even during the presentpolitical crisis. She writes:"  With the political unsettlement now into its 3rd month  this is an excellent time to share about Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  My colleague Chuenjit told me this week that she led 23 young people to Christ the past weekend. Last week one of our WO church-planting team members told me they are having baptisms every day, are seeing miraculous healings and are believing the Lord for 50 new churches to be planted through their ministry in the next 3 months. Praise God for such open hearts.

Koinonia House News

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IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES

    • Russian Navy To Maintain Global Presence
      June 02, 2010
      The Russian Navy considers intensive combat training and continuing its presence in the world’s oceans a priority, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. To accomplish these goals, Russian warships will take part in a number of large-scale naval drills, continue patrols of pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast and make about 50 port calls in foreign countries in the second half of 2010.
      – Ria Novosti

    • Japanese PM Resigns: Stocks Drop
      June 02, 2010
      Asian stocks fell, dragging the MSCI Asia Pacific Index lower for a second day amid concerns of political instability in Japan after the country’s prime minister resigned. "It’s hard to say that Japan’s economy will do better on this change," said Ayako Sera, a strategist at Tokyo-based Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., which manages the equivalent of $307 billion. "On a long-term view, there is still a sense of uncertainty."
      – Bloomberg

    • Gaza-Bound Turkish Flotilla Carried Possible Terrorists
      June 01, 2010
      Dozens of passengers who were aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship are suspected of having connections with global jihad-affiliated terrorist organizations, defense officials said on Tuesday, amid growing concerns that Turkish warships would accompany a future flotilla to the Gaza Strip. According to the defense officials, the IDF has identified about 50 passengers on the ship who could have terrorist connections with global jihad-affiliated groups. Those with possible terror connections have refused to identify themselves and did not carry passports.
      – The Jerusalem Post

    • Robot Cuts Oil Pipe; Cap Coming Soon?
      June 01, 2010
      A new flow of oil emerged from BP’s damaged undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday evening after a remote-controlled submarine successfully cut into the well’s riser pipe. BP used robots in its latest attempt to curtail the flow of crude from the largest spill in U.S. history, which spread to barrier islands off Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday. When the robot submarines cut into the undersea well’s riser pipe, a fresh spew of oil temporarily obscured the view of the mechanical arm. The cut was a first step toward placing a cap over the well that has spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day since late April.
      – CNN

    • The Chameleon Neutrino
      June 01, 2010
      After three years of monitoring multiple billions of "muon" neutrinos beamed to them through the earth from CERN 456 miles away, they had spotted one that had turned into a "tau" neutrino. Behind that scientific terminology lies the long-sought proof that the three varieties of neutrinos – sub-atomic particles that with others form the universe’s basic elements – can switch appearance, like the chameleon lizard.
      – Fox News

    • ‘Ardi’ Has Lost Her Human Glitter
      June 01, 2010
      Last fall "Ardi" came onto the missing link scene with a bang. The journal Science called her the "breakthrough of the year." So did Time Magazine. We covered a few lone dissenters to the Ardi hype here on ENV. But now Time Magazine is starting to go over apex of the hype curve. In an article titled, "Ardi: The Human Ancestor Who Wasn’t?," Time notes, "Two new articles being published by Science question some of the major conclusions of Ardi’s researchers, including whether this small, strange-looking creature is even a human ancestor at all." Likewise, Nature reports, "Ardi may be more ape than human."
      – Evolution News and Views

    • Tourists Visit Babylon Despite Iraq’s Troubles
      May 21, 2010
      Ongoing conflict has overshadowed Iraq’s place as the "Cradle of Civilization," housing extraordinary sites like Babylon, just outside Baghdad. But, an improving, if fragile, security situation means that, after years of isolation intrepid travellers can now fly directly to Iraq from Austria, Germany, Greece, Norway, Sweden and the UK as well as numerous cities in the Middle East. Specialist tour operators are now stepping into the tourism void, catering to the smattering of tourists with an approach more Indiana Jones than package tour.
      – CNN


    Why I Am A Climate Realist

    This is what we are up against

    READ THIS

    It shows how seriously the climate alarmists take this issue!
    There is going to be a march about climate change and specifically
    about reducing methane,

    It will be held on Sat outside parliament and is urging people to go
    vegetarian:

    From: newsmail@parliament.newsroom.co.nz
    Subject: Why the solution to global warming is in the hands of
    individuals

    Why the solution to global warming is in the hands of individuals

    Press Release by Todays Choice, Tomorrows Life at 11:16 am, 27 May 2010

    ‘Today’s Choice Tomorrow’s Life’, raising awareness about the urgency of climate change and how the most effective solution lies in the hands of individuals, will take place at the Beehive this Saturday 29 May at 10am, one week before World Environment Day.

    An estimated 200 participants will be coming together, some from as far as Auckland and Whangarei, to hear speakers including Paul Bruce (Greater Wellington Regional Councillor), and Jeffrey Masson, international best-selling author.

    In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister the organisers are urging the Government to focus on reducing shorter-lived greenhouse gases such as Methane, as the quickest way to stop rising temperatures and subsequent  runaway global warming.  Copied to all MPs, the organisers would like to see Parliament seriously consider the proposal as an essential strategy for mitigating global warming in the near term, rather than focusing all attention on reducing carbon dioxide emissions which will not have any effect on cooling the planet immediately.  In NZ 90% of man-made methane emissions are from livestock.

    "Knowing that individuals have the biggest impact to help avoid any further increase in global temperatures is very empowering.  The easiest and quickest solution is in the hands of every individual by simply cutting down and eventually eliminating meat and other animal products." Said a spokesperson.

    Participants will join together about 11am to go through Lambton Quay with placards and slogans such as ‘There is no Planet B, Be Veg, Go Green’ and ‘We’re running out of time, Be Veg, Go Green’.

    ENDS

    ADVANCE NOTICE:

    There will be an anti-ETS protest held at Parliament on:

    Tuesday 22 June 2010.

    Everybody is strongly urged to attend and show their opposition to an ETS which will cost our economy $527million while being of no measurable benefit to the climate.

    Farmers- bring your 4x4s, utes, farm vehicles.

    Organised by Brian Anselmi ph 07 8778358
    or check the home page at www.climaterealists.org.nz for further details as they come to hand.


    Why I Am A Creationist

    CMI

    Hi James

    For your reference:

    The 14 November 2009 edition of New Scientist has a summary of Darwin’s "Origin of the Species". At the end of the article, there are some quotes, including one from Francis Galton (who invented the term "eugenics" and was known of what would today be considered racist and classist viewpoints. Eugenics became one of the bases for ethnic cleansing ideals and possibly influenced Adolph Hitler).

    I immediately thought that this following comment, quoted from Galton, had a spiritual basis;

    The publication in 1859 of the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin made a marked epoch in my own mental development, as it did in that of human thought generally. Its effect was to demolish a multitude of dogmatic barriers by a single stroke, and to arouse a spirit of rebellion against all ancient authorities whose positive and unauthenticated statements were contradicted by modern science.

    (Emphasis my own).

    It seems to me that scientists simply used The Origin of the Species as an excuse for intellectual rebellion. Indeed, they still do, via contemporary evolutionary thinking.

    Cheers

    Matt


    Great Scientists…

    …Who Believed the Bible

    Gregory Mendel (1822-1884)

    Gregory Mendel was the father of genetics. He had strong religious convictions and chose the life of a monk. He was a creationist and rejected Darwins’s ideas, even though he was familiar with them.


    Friday Fax

    C-FAM

    UN Takes Aim at Youth with Conferences in Mexico City and Tunisia
    By Samantha Singson

    (NEW YORK – C-FAM) The United Nations (UN) is now preparing to kick off the International Year of Youth.  The Government of Mexico will host a world conference on youth in August that will produce a ministerial declaration on youth and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  Conference organizers hope that the document will influence the high-level review on the Millennium Development Goals that takes place in September at the UN General Assembly.  While the Mexican World Conference on Youth (WCY) is not an official UN conference, it is being supported by several UN agencies, including: the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as well as other multilateral organizations. 

    Human Rights Activists Call for a Super-Treaty Monitoring Body at UN
    By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

    (NEW YORK – C-FAM)  A new law review article by Professor Michael O’Flaherty, rapporteur of the Yogyakarta Principles, calls for the melding of all UN human rights treaty-monitoring bodies into something like a single entity. He calls for the adoption of this reform without the required consent of the Member States that are parties to those treaties. 


    Train a Child

    In May,

    • Tane began assisting Elim Church on Camera 2 in the main auditorium.

    • Hamish was very enthusiastic about learning Scratch.  Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.

    • Aimée also attended Scratch.  She enjoyed it too, but for different reasons.  She and a little friend (she made on the spot) were giggling their heads off, designing new characters (called Sprites).


      Why I Am Pro-Israel

      OneJerusalem 

      Drama at Sea – War on Israel

      Situation at sea as reported in Jerusalem Post, HaAretz, and Ynet

      Hysterical reports and misinformation have beclouded the unfolding confrontation between the Gaza Flotilla and the Israeli Navy. NTV, the Turkish Television, reports up to 15 people killed, others reported 14. Perhaps the IDF’s (Israel Defense Forces) own reporting is the most accurate; it reported 10 dead and 10 commandos wounded, 2 seriously.

      The Israeli military said ten activists were killed after its troops came under fire while intercepting the convoy.

      "Navy fighters took control of six ships that tried to violate the naval blockade (of the Gaza Strip) …During the takeover, the soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters, who attacked them with live fire," a military statement said.

      Activists attacked a commando with iron bars as he descended onto the ship from a helicopter, the army said. The IDF said its rules of engagement allowed troops to open fire in what it called a "life-threatening situation."

      Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade on Gaza after Hamas militants violently seized control of the seaside territory in June 2007.

      Israel says the measures are needed to prevent Hamas, which has fired thousands of rockets at Israel, from building up its arsenal.

      Israel has let ships through five times, but has blocked them from entering Gaza waters since the three-week military offensive against Gaza’s Hamas rulers in January 2009. The flotilla bound for Gaza is the largest to date.

      Israel rejects claims of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, saying it allows more than enough food and medicine into the territory. The Israelis also point to the bustling smuggling industry along Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, which has managed to bring consumer goods, gasoline and livestock into the seaside strip.

      Why has Turkey become The Champion of the Palestinian cause lately?

      The Turkish interest is in highlighting the plight of Palestinians at the hands of Israel, providing Ankara with a useful lever in the region to claim the mantle of the strongest defender of the Palestinians in Gaza (a reputation Iran has been attempting to build). (www.Stratfor.com)

      Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh came on Al-Jazeera to condemn the "brutal attack" and called on the UN to intervene on the activists’ behalf.

      A bit of analysis

      As in most of the encounters with terror organizations such as Hamas and rest of the anti-Israel crowd, there is much misinformation flying around. The encounter now unfolding was actually the goal of the Flotilla organizers from the beginning; this is more about hating Israel than loving the Palestinians (see comment at the bottom regarding Turkey’s reason for involvement in this charade.) The goal is to de-legitimize and demonize the nation of Israel by making it look like a monster and an enemy of world peace and humanity.

      The organizers wanted the confrontation to be as violent as possible; it served their purposes much better. Thus, they intentionally put their people in harms way and although they declared that they would not resist the Israeli forces, apparently some of the activists came prepared with firearms.

      The Hebrew paper Yediot Aharonot has reported that the commandos said that some of the activists had planned to lynch any of the soldiers they could get their hands on. The soldiers reported that they encountered fierce violence and were attacked with live fire, long knives and bats.

      The Flotilla was given the choice to follow the navy ships peacefully to Ashdod, but the organizers chose the more sensational option.

      Israel has stated repeatedly: "Our war in Gaza is not against the Palestinians but against Hamas."

      Please do not be riled up by the confused reports you are getting in the media. Rather stand on the Word of God before the Lord and PRAY!

      Several prayer strategies you can take

      Pray for God’s full plan of salvation from Ezekiel 36-39 which includes:
      (When you pray into God’s Kingdom agenda with faith, He moves to fulfil it and removes all the obstacles to His plan along the way.)

      • Bringing the Jews back to the land of promise
      • Pouring out the Spirit upon them and cleansing them from all sin
      • Reestablishing God’ presence among His people (The Great Reconciliation)
      • Sanctifying God’s name by His wondrous work in His people
      • Uniting Israel under the rulership of the Messiah
      • Fighting Israel’s enemies and showing His great name and authority by what He does in the midst of the Nations who defy the Lord (see Ps. 2 as well)

      Pray specifically into what is happening on the ground right now

      • Psalm 9 (as we shared in our last Prayer Priority Update)
      • No weapon that is formed against you shall succeed, and you will condemn (prove to be guilty) every tongue that rises against you in judgment."
        Isaiah 54:17
      • Pray for much wisdom for the IDF and the government of Israel as things unfold.
      • Pray for Israel to be inspired and even prophetic in PR war (which is actually the main battle right now and not the mechanics of handling the Flotilla).
      • Pray for light to be shed and cut through all the lies and misinformation that is, no doubt, being spread by Arab and western media outlets, who are hostile to Israel. Stratfor reports that. "…. through reports broadcast by al Jazeera from the ship, the flotilla organizers appear to have been prepared to provoke the Israelis in order to gain considerable media exposure for their cause."
      • Pray for the wounded on both sides.

      More than ever, we need to walk with the Lord; in the knowledge of God and in His light. Ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding for the days we live in and seek His face. What we have had till now will not be enough to take us through the days just ahead.

      Blessings from Jerusalem,

      Ofer Amitai ( Senior Advisor to the IFI Board)


      To add a little to Ofer’s alert:

      We need to uphold P.M. Netanyahu and the government as they will come under intense pressure to lift the blockade of Gaza.

      Let us be very alert in the Spirit to the possibility that Turkey will not only organize a new Flotilla, but will escort it with their warships. If that happens it will change the situation dramatically.

      One of the main organizers of this "Flotilla" is Turkish IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi, IHH, "humanitarian relief fund"). A radical Islamic organization which has connections with known terrorist organizations.

      A late breaking report says that the Chief of the Turkish Military has cut short a trip to Egypt and is returning home. In the past 40 years the Turkish Military has four times staged a military coup to "rescue secular Turkey". In the natural such an occurrence would be a blessing not just to Israel but to Turkey as well, which is descending into Islamic darkness.

      We also need to pray against a violent uprising amongst Israeli Arabs and the Arabs of Judea and Samaria.

      Many will say that in this lose-lose situation, Israel picked the bigger loss to go with. In reality Israel did the only thing it could have without damaging its deterrent posture with its enemies. The Nations do not need an excuse to oppose us and blame us – this is reality and the historical record these last few years proves this to be true.

      Let us remain alert in the dangerous and rapidly changing attack on Israel’s right to self-defence.

      Now also many nations have gathered against you, Who say, Let her be defiled, And let our eye look upon Zion. But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, Nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; For I will make your horn iron, And I will make your hooves bronze; You shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the Lord and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.

      Micah 4:11-13

      Eliyahu


      Humour

      What is the truest definition of Globalization?

      Princess Diana’s death.

      How come?

      An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, riding in a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky, (check the bottle before you change the spelling), followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines.

      This is sent to you by a Kiwi, using American Bill Gates’ technology, and you’re probably reading this on your computer, that uses Israeli chips, and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Australian truck drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Fijian illegals…..

      That, my friends, is Globalization!


      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
      Sun 6 Jun Align Church BBQ St Matthews Church, Taita James Hippolite
      25-27 Jun 2010 Creation Ministries Bay of Plenty Adrian Bates


      Book Review

      PilgrimsProgress

      The Pilgrim’s Progress

      Title The Pilgrim’s Progress II
      Synopsis Christiana’s journey, following in the footsteps of her husband.
      Author John Bunyan
      Published First published 1693
      Revised text with new Introduction and Notes 1954
      Last reprinted 1964
      Aldine Press, Letchworth, Herts, Great Britain

      Description

      Tells a gentler story of the Pilgrimage, filling some gaps in the theology exposed by the 15 years between this and the earlier book.

      Review

      Different, but equally magnificent.

      Last month, I reviewed The Pilgrim’s Progress, written 15 years earlier, about Christiana’s husband Christian’s journey.  The two stories were both included in the one publication I read.

      From a male perspective, knowing that Mr Greatheart was there to always protect the family, did diminish the drama of the conflicts; but as a father, I found the discourses with the children particularly poignant.

      Specifically, I’ve been joking for 13 years about bringing back arranged marriages.  This book reinforces for me why its such a good idea!

      10/10


      Bible Reading 

      You can look up for yourselves at: http://BibleReader.AlignChurch.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 Monthly Collaborative Blog (MCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this MCB, 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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      METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 4

      METTLE

      Volume 5 Issue 4

      April 2010

      Hippolite Musings 

      Gentlemen,

      I know; a number of you have reminded me that this epistle is long overdue.  What can I say?  Maybe I need to alter the way METTLE Newsletter works so that you all can contribute, like a truly collaborative blog.  Hmm, let me see what I can do about that.  Does anybody else like that idea?

      Anyway, in April I:

      • Read a book;
      • Started a Kids Bible Club;
      • Did no study;
      • Started a new website for Align Church;
      • Started Squash Winter Interclub; and
      • Attended a funeral;

      My hope is that this newsletter adds to your guidance about where in the world God wants to use your talents.  If this newsletter has assisted you in this goal, we’d love to hear from you!

      Blessings,
      James.


      World Outreach

      WorldOutreach

      PLEASE PRAY!

      • NTH ASIA.  This May 05 – 15 Mary & I will be in South Korea (5-10) and then I go onto Japan (11-15) to attend a special “closed door” mission conference that will focus on the unfinished task – relating to the Great Commission. In Korea we will be spending time with each of the 3 different WO teams operating in this country, one of which has its northern near neighbour very much on their radar screen for future ministry involvement. We would really appreciate your prayers for wisdom for the many meetings we will have, for good health & protection and that we also catch God’s heart for what the Holy Spirit is doing in this region of the world.
      • KAIROS. The very popular and impacting KAIROS cross cultural studies that many World Outreach teams are involved in conducting, will this month see KAIROS expanding in Russia, Taiwan, and Korea.  Pray that these mission awakening studies will see church leaders and individual delegates catch the heart of God for all nations, and come away with both a passion and determination to become involved in this end time move of the Holy Spirit.      
      • KEY POSITION. Attached, please find a job description brief for an Operations Director that World Outreach International needs to appoint – to be located here in S’pore –  preferably before the end of this year.  I would appreciate it if you could kindly circulate this information to your email network of contacts / friends.  Who knows who’s heart the Holy Spirit is already preparing for this call!   Please direct any interest to Luke Chong luke.chong@worldoutreach.org.sg in the first instance.  The role of an Operations Director is a very key & important position in WOI, especially so with the organization steadily growing each year in both field personnel and ministries.  Please be praying with us for the right person.
      • BURKINA FASO.  Danny Bayasen, WO field leader, writes: “We are raising up an army of young people (called Burkina Forerunners) to reach out to 5,000 children from least reach people groups by the end of this year.  After training groups of young people form clubs to attract children to various activities. Two clubs have started, another two are about to, and more than 50 children are already attending.  Some 20 of our young people went through training on “how to heal the sick.”  During the practical, many people were healed. A woman was instantly healed of severe stomach pains, another woman who had pain all over her body felt as if cold water was being poured on her body. She was healed. A 5 year old boy who had weak legs and could not walk started to run. Two demonized women got delivered and many more.Do pray for the Burkina Forerunners to continue evangelizing and training others to evangelize.”
      • WO TEAMS.  Many WO fields today have more teams set ups than individuals / couples serving by themselves.  While teams can accomplish much in a short period, at the same time the individual team members need regular input and encouragement, even in their busyness and seeing fruitful results happening around them. Please keep our different WO teams in prayer asking the Lord to bless them with unity, resources, favour, good health, also that the mothers & children too will feel part of the bigger (local) team picture, and that they all will have lots of good fun together.
      • THAILAND.  Please pray for Thailand. Things are very critical there with huge protests now into the 8th week.  A European crisis groups says, “the political system has broken down. The stand-off in Bangkok between the gov’t and ‘red shirt’ protesters is worsening and could deteriorate into an undeclared civil war.” Pray that peace and order will return to the land and that righteousness will prevail.       
      • RESOURCES.  Missionaries have big dreams and choose to let the Holy Spirit direct what they can / cannot do – rather than limited resources.  This month I have compiled a “wish list” of financial project needs that many different WO ministries are looking to the Lord to provide them.  Please pray with us that there will be an extra steady supply of resources in the coming weeks that will help bless the projects in need.  Thank you.        

      Regards.
      John Elliott
      International Director


      Koinonia House News

      KHouse

      IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES

      • David Cameron Is New British PM
        May 11, 2010
        Conservative leader David Cameron has become the new prime minister after the resignation of Gordon Brown. Mr Cameron, who at 43 is the youngest PM in nearly 200 years, vowed to set aside party differences and govern "in the national interest". His party won the most seats in the general election last week, but not an overall Commons majority. The Lib Dem parliamentary party and its federal executive endorsed the coalition agreement by the required three-quarters majority at a meeting that broke up just after midnight.
        – BBC News
      • Pope Accepts Catholic Church Responsibility For Sex Abuse
        May 11, 2010
        The Pope has laid the blame for the "truly terrifying" clerical sex abuse crisis squarely on the Catholic Church for the first time as he arrived in Portugal for a four-day visit. Benedict XVI said that "the greatest persecution of the church does not come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sins within the church." His remarks were a repudiation of a string of senior figures of Vatican who in recent months have attributed the scandal to a shadowy conspiracy mounted by outsiders, ranging from a hostile media to liberals within the Church.
        – Telegraph.co.uk
      • Netanyahu Tells Iran Israel Has No War Aspirations
        May 11, 2010
        As Iran’s military conducted military drills in the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for provoking a war between Israel and Syria, and said Israel has no intention of attacking its neighbors. This is Iran’s fifth year of holding annual war games in the Persian Gulf, which are intended both to train Iranian soldiers and to intimidate its potential enemies. It is Iran’s second large-scale military exercise this year. The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow and highly strategic waterway between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Iran has previously threatened that if attacked, it would shut down the strait, halting oil traffic.
        – Arutz Sheva
      • Teen Pregnancy Down But Single Mom Births Up
        May 11, 2010
        Compared with 20 years ago, today’s mothers of newborns are older, more educated, less often white, more often Hispanic – and less often married. A record 41 percent of American births in 2008 were to single mothers, according to a new study of census and other data released by the Pew Research Center in time for Mother’s Day. That’s an increase from 28 percent in 1990. That does not bode well for the kids. Traditional marriage is better for kids emotionally, academically and economically. But, after disturbing surges in the 1980s, teen birthrates and pregnancy rates are down to their lowest level in 20 years.
        – Chicago Tribune
      • UK: Flag of Jesus Frowned On As Religious ‘Advertising’
        April 29, 2010
        Rev Mark Binney, vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Hampton, Worcs, said he had been told he needed planning permission if he wanted to fly a flag "advertising Christianity" in future. The flag was put up outside the church in the week preceding Easter Sunday displaying the words ‘This is Holy Week’ and an image of Jesus on the cross. Mr Binney said the warning was "appalling", and he felt it was part of a gradual erosion of Christianity in Britain.
        – Telegraph.co.uk
      • Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Mojave Cross
        April 29, 2010
        The Supreme Court yesterday said a lower federal court was wrong to order the removal of a cross on government land in the middle of the Mojave Desert, and said separation of church and state "does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm." The case, which involved a white cross erected by veterans more than 75 years ago to honor the dead of World War I, splintered the court, 5 to 4. The court’s conservative members prevailed, but six of the nine justices wrote to explain their views.
        – The Washington Post


      Why I Am A Climate Realist

      Greetings

      I thought you may be interested…in a new satirical interview just posted on Youtube.

      “Nicholas Smith”, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Climate Change Issues in New Zealand’s National Government, sat down with Renton Maclachlan for an in your face, in depth interview on the upcoming Emission Trading Scheme and other Climate Change issues.

      "Nicholas Smith" – Emissions Trading Scheme & Climate Change

      If you watch and enjoy the video, please send it on to all and sundry who you think may also enjoy it.

      (It’s estimated that the ETS, starting on July 1st, will cost every NZ household around $2-3000 per year.  In the words of Nick Smith 2005, “We need to bury this lemon.”)

      All the best
      Renton


      Why I Am A Creationist

      CMI

      3-way exchange on ‘apeman’ find

      CMI-Australia’s Dr Carl Wieland was recently invited to participate in what was billed as a ‘debate’ (but was more of a moderated exchange) on South African national radio. It concerned a new fossil find in that country Australopithecus sediba, hailed as a crucial breakthrough in human evolution. Other participants were Prof Francis Thackeray, Director of the Institute of Human Evolution, University of Witwatersrand, and Dr Louw Alberts, a retired physicist who was introduced as “a scientist who is a dedicated Christian”. The issue is particularly ‘hot’ in South Africa, with overtones of national pride; their Deputy President said recently of this find:

      “One of the most common questions a child asks when they are first capable of reason is, ‘Where do I come from?’ It has become increasingly clear in recent years that the answer to that question is ‘Africa — your ancestors are from Africa’.”

      For a detailed discussion of the fossil find, see the article on CMI’s website Australopithecus sediba—no human ancestor.

       

      Is it Noah’s Ark?

      A Chinese/Turkish joint announcement in Hong Kong claims to have found a structure with wooden rooms buried under the ice at 4,200 metres (14,000 feet) on Mount Ararat. Others are saying that they are likely the victims of a fraud. The still shots are stunning, and obviously indicate wood, and it may be some time before anything is known for certain. For an overview, and an ongoing commentary (with updates as time goes on) bookmark our news item at creation.com/is-it-noahs-ark.

      Shocking revelations

      A formerly well-known Australian pastor of one of Australia’s largest churches has written a book to persuade people to join him in atheism. No prizes for guessing which book of the Bible he attacks the most.
      Brian Baker book review

      Why do diverse cultures have similar constellations?

      It’s due to history, and the accounts we have from different people groups around the world show that it’s the Bible’s history that makes the most sense.
      Read Constellations: legacy of the dispersion from Babel—one of our featured articles from our in-depth Journal of Creation.


      Great Scientists…

      …Who Believed the Bible

      Louis Agassiz (1807-1873)

      Louis Agassiz was the father of glacial geology and a great palaeontologist. He believed in God and in His special creation of every kind of organism. When Darwin’s Origin began to gain favour, Agassiz spoke out strongly against it.


      Friday Fax

      C-FAM

      UN Watch

      Dear Colleague,
      In a Friday Fax exclusive, we report on an impending meeting in Geneva where abortion proponents Amnesty International, Center for Reproductive Rights, and the UN Population Fund will try to get two human rights monitoring bodies to make a right to abortion a human right.

      We also report on efforts of the Canadian government to resist American efforts to make abortion a part of the upcoming G8 meetings.

      Spread the word.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Austin Ruse
      President

      UNFPA and Abortion Advocates to Push "Reproductive Rights" on UN Treaty Bodies

      By Samantha Singson

      (NEW YORK – C-FAM) This week, abortion advocates the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and Amnesty International (AI) are teaming up with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to host the "first-ever" briefings on "reproductive rights" for the committees responsible for monitoring compliance with the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

      According to the CRR website, the briefing with the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) will focus on "reproductive rights violations" such  "denial of reproductive healthcare services, including abortion and post-abortion care." 

      G8 Battle Breaks Out Over International Abortion Funding

      By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

      (NEW YORK – C-FAM) The campaign to insert abortion funding into maternal health initiatives has dominated the media coverage leading up to the 36th annual G8 Summit, which will be held in Huntsville, Canada in late June. The host government, Canada, has come under considerable criticism from the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), pro-abortion NGOs and the Canadian media for refusing to bring abortion into the debate. 


      Train a Child

      In April,

      • Tane began assisting Align Church on their sound desk with setup and PowerPoint presentations;
      • Hamish is growing in confidence in his guitar playing.  He has also recently conquered bicycling.  This is huge.  His dyslexia and dyspraxia made him especially clumsy.  The fact that he is now able to concentrate and focus enough to ride a bike is an especially heart-warming chapter in all our lives, because it gets us closer to my goal of a family biking holiday.  Tane is slightly annoyed that Hamish is more geared to be able to easily retain and recall knowledge he has seen and/or heard.  Hamish usually gets Bible quizzes and other tests of comprehension right.  We just remind Tane that he was blessed with more physical co-ordination.
      • Aimee challenges me to find innovative ways to motivate/punish without smacking.  Apparently (I am told that) yelling is not a viable alternative.  Aimee talks non-stop; questions every command; is loud; messy; in short, precocious.  She’s my little girl and I love her very much, but she’s just so different from the boys!  Nobody can tell me that gender differences are purely societal.  She was born with them.  She’s not off the rails (yet), loves art, paints me colourful pictures of “I love you Daddy” so who can stay mad long?  Not me.

      Why I Am Pro-Israel

      OneJerusalem

      jerusalem_day-thumb-460x258-2103 

      Jerusalem Day

      Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

      Today, Wednesday, May 12 marks the 43rd anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. It was in May of 1967 that Jews and Christians were finally able to return to the Holy City, after 19 years of exile. It was also the return of Jerusalem as the sovereign capital of the Jewish people after nearly 2,000 years.

      Unfortunately, Jerusalem is once again facing barbarians at its gates. The Palestinians, under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad continue to attack the Jewish attachment to Jerusalem – continue to deny the emotional, religious and symbolic attachment of Jerusalem to the Jewish people.

      We cannot let them succeed. The reason One Jerusalem was created is to make sure that truth prevails. It is our mission to give voice to the millions of people across the globe who know that the Palestinians are perpetrating a lie.

      Not only do the Jewish people have ancient historic and religious ties to the Holy City of Jerusalem, but they have been the best custodians of the holy sites of other religions within Israel. Under Israeli government control, Christians, Jews and Muslims have all been allowed to visit their holy sites.

      Can Abbas and Fayyad claim the same? Remember how the Palestinian mob destroyed the tomb of Joseph while the so-called Palestinian police stood by and watched? Remember how the Palestinians destroyed the Shalom Al Yisrael synagogue in Jericho?

      It is critically important that we remember the destruction of all the Jewish synagogues, schools, and graves in Jerusalem — perpetrated by Arabs in 1948. We must never allow such atrocities to happen again. On Jerusalem Day, we ask you to reaffirm your commitment to Jerusalem.

      Make sure all your friends and family know the truth – that Jerusalem must remain the united and undivided capital of the Land of Israel. Use this opportunity to remind President Obama of the difference between Arab and Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem.

      Tell Obama to keep his hands off Jerusalem. As always, we thank you for your continued support. It is only because of you that we are able to keep fighting for Jerusalem, the undivided capital of the Jewish State. Happy Jerusalem Day.

      Sincerely,
      Allen Roth & David Goder
      www.OneJerusalem.org


      Promise Keeper

      BillyGraham

      JESUS IS LORD OF LORDS

      BILLY GRAHAM
      Current Age: 90
      Truth………..from a man the media has never been able to throw dirt on…..amazing
      !

      He has certainly hit the "world" on the head!

      Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation

      THIS MAN SURE HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY!
      ‘Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.  

      We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. 

      We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

      We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

      We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare

      We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

      We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.  

      We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

      We have abused power and called it politics.

      We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.  

      We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

      We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.  

      Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!’
      Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, ‘The Rest of the Story,’ and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘One nation under God!’
      Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. (It’s worth a try!)  ‘One Nation Under God!


      An Absolute MUST WATCH

      The most beautiful seat belt advocacy commercial ever


      Humour

      Fairy Tale

      A married couple in their early 60s were out celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.

      Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table and said,  "For being such an exemplary married couple and for being faithful to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish."

      "Ooh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband" said the wife.

      The fairy moved her magic stick and abracadabra!

      .. two tickets for the new QM2 luxury liner appeared in her hands.

      Now it was the husbands turn. He thought for a moment and said:

      "Well .. this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this only occurs once in a lifetime, so, I’m sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me".

      The wife and the fairy, were deeply disappointed ….
      but a wish is a wish.

      So, the fairy made a circle with her magic stick and ….

      abracadabra!  the husband became 92 years old.

      The moral of this story..

      Men might be ungrateful idiots,
      But fairies are…

      FEMALE!


      Humour

      World Phone Survey by the UN

      Last month a world-wide survey was conducted by the UN.  The only question asked was:-

      "Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"

      The survey was a huge failure because of the following:

      1. In Eastern Europe they didn’t  know what "honest" meant.
      2. In Western Europe they didn’t know what "shortage" meant.
      3. In Africa they didn’t know what "food" meant.
      4. In China they didn’t know what "opinion" meant.
      5. In the Middle East they didn’t know what "solution" meant.
      6. In South America they didn’t know what "please" meant.
      7. In the USA they didn’t know what "the rest of the world" meant.
      8. In New Zealand they hung up as soon as they heard the Indian accent.

      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
      Sat 15 May 7pm Creation Ministries Tawa New Life Adrian Bates
      Sun 16 May 10:30am Creation Ministries Elim Christian Centre, Porirua Adrian Bates
      Sun 16 May 7pm Creation Ministries St Barnabas Presbyterian, Mana Adrian Bates
      Wed 26 May PALS Business Lunch Wellesley Club Alistair Davis – CEO of Toyota NZ
      25-27 Jun 2010 Creation Ministries Bay of Plenty Adrian Bates


      Book Review

      PilgrimsProgress

      The Pilgrim’s Progress

      Title The Pilgrim’s Progress
      Subtitle From This World to That Which Is To Come
      Synopsis Delivered Under the Similitude Of a Dream
      Wherein Is Discovered
      The Manner of His Setting Out, His Dangerous Journey And Safe Arrival At The Desired Country
      Author John Bunyan
      Born at Elstow, near Bedford, in 1628, the son of a brazier.  Service in the Civil War on the Parliamentary side.  Became a preacher in 1657; and pastor of a congregation in Bedford, 1671.  Intermittently imprisoned for unlicensed preaching from 1660 to 1672, and again in 1675.  Died in London on 31st August 1688.
      Published First published 1678
      Revised text with new Introduction and Notes 1954
      Last reprinted 1964
      Aldine Press, Letchworth, Herts, Great Britain

      Description

      It is a masterpiece of religious allegory transformed into intense drama, its style unsurpassed, its characters superbly individualized, indelibly alive, and as memorable as the landmarks on Christian’s perilous journey toward salvation.

      Review

      Magnificent.

      Since becoming a Christian from an atheist background in 1992, I’d heard a bit about this book, but I never knew that next to the Bible, it is the world’s most published book.

      Coming from a Kiwi public education, I was somewhat familiar with Shakespeare, but never actually bothered to read any of the Bard’s works myself.  (I liked Mel Gibson’s Hamlet.)  So I was greatly intrigued by the grammatical style of this book.  The words sounded the same, but were used in completely different patterns to what I am used to.

      I loved the allegory.  It greatly amuses me that the author felt the need to put an apology at the beginning of the book, because he knew there were Christians who equated fiction with lying.

      I never knew this song that I learned at Nelson College (school assembly) came from this book:

      Who would True valour see,
      Let him come hither;
      One here will constant be,
      Come Wind, come Weather.
      There’s no Discouragement
      Shall make him once relent
      His first avow’d intent
      To be a Pilgrim.

      (page 296)

      Next month, I’ll review The Pilgrim’s Progress Part II, written 15 years later, about Christian’s wife Christiana’s journey.  The two stories were both included in the one publication I read.

      I really liked the imagery here (on page 62):

      A more unequal match can hardly be:
      Christian must fight an Angel; but you see
      The Valiant Man by handling Sword and Shield,
      Doth make him, though a Dragon, quit the field.

      10/10


      Bible Reading 

      You can look up for yourselves at: http://hippolite.grenadavillage.org.nz/.

      Soon, I will move this to the new Align Church website.


      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 Monthly Collaborative Blog (MCB) is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this MCB, 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.
      • If you choose to respond to any item raised in this MCB, please indicate clearly which items you wish to remain Private, as any correspondence may be considered Public and could be published.
      • If this 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 © 2010