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Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology

From Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology by Ed Bulkley, PhD.

Summary of Contrasts (p325)

Feature Christianity Psychology
Comes from Heart of God Heart of Man
Starting assumption “In the beginning, God…” – Creation “In the beginning, bog…” – Evolution
Man is Special creation of God, made in His moral image The end result of billions of years of random events
Truth comes from The Bible is the inerrant Word of God and the only absolute source of truth Where you find it and man’s mind is the final judge
Leadership Ministers who preach from Scriptures Priesthood of therapists who quote one another
Supported by The tithes and offerings of its disciples Fee schedules and insurance payments
Claims to explain man’s deepest questions via The Bible – available to everyone Only therapists – who have had years of formal training
Claims to Reveal the motives of the human heart Explain the unconscious drives of the human mind
Claims that Humans can be transformed by the miraculous and mysterious power of God It can transform man by helping him to understand, accept, and love himself
The nature of Man A sinner, separated from the life of God Essentially good, and needs to recognize his full potential
Without Christ Man is hopeless Man is only limited by his imagination
Claims that Man is lost and that Christ is the only way It can help man find his own way
Nature of man’s problems Sin Man suffers from disorders
God’s people Must not conform to the world Must counsel the way the world does
Each person Is responsible for his own choices Is a victim of his environment
Claims that Man can be forgiven, cleansed and healed We must return to our past, embrace our pain and explore our inner self
Answer for guilt Man’s repentance and God’s forgiveness The conscience to be desensitized
We must Crucify self Actualize self
Our battle is Spiritual Sexual – Freud
History Over the centuries has produce millions of permanently transformed lives by the liberating truths found in Jesus Christ In barely one century, has captured the minds of millions with a message that has enslaved mankind to vacillating theories which promote sinful behaviour
Points Man to God Self

 

What are the Fatal Flaws in Evolution?

  • Natural Selection
    • Natural Selection can’t actually generate anything new; it can only operate on whatever is existing.  And it can only operate to remove what is existing.
  • Genetics
  • All modern scientific evidence points to the decay of an original good design; if you like, good information getting worse.
    • Origin of Life
      • Many evolutionists claim that the Origin of Life is not part of Evolution, but come on: they believe that all living things came from a single cell which in turn came from a primordial soup, but notably absent from any rock anywhere is any trace of a primordial soup.
      • Fossil Record
        • Existence of a fossil by itself is actually proof that something happened very, very fast.  We also know therefore that the rocks the fossils are formed in, must have been formed quickly as well.
        • Geologic Column
          • What we see points to catastrophic processes in the past.  It fits exactly with the account, in Genesis, of Noah’s flood which destroyed the whole earth.
          • Radiometric Dating
            • If the whole Earth was pure Carbon 14, it could only last about a billion years before it’s all gone and we couldn’t detect it.  And yet, we repeatedly find Carbon 14 in objects which are claimed to be millions and even billions of years old, including diamond.
            • Cosmology
              • Stephen Chew, Obama’s Energy Minister, says, “We know nearly everything we need to know about the universe except for some small details: What is dark energy and what is dark matter?”  That’s 96% of the stuff of the universe we know nothing about!
              • Ethics
                • Now there are some moral implications there.  If a Creator made us, He owns us and has a right to make the rules for us.  But if things make themselves, then, there’s no right and wrong.  We’re really just bags of rearranged pond scum.  So, what is murder?  It’s really just one bag of chemicals impacting another bag of chemicals.
                • There’s another reason why an Evolutionist will hold onto their belief system, even when all the fatal flaws are revealed, and that is because if Evolution isn’t true, it strongly points them in a different direction.

How many asteroid collisions are required for the Nebular Hypothesis (Cosmic Evolution) to be true?

# Problem Solution
1 Mercury is too dense. According to evolutionary theory, it must have formed at a much lower density.2 Therefore, reasons the evolutionist, it did form at a much lower density. Later, a massive asteroid smashed into it, and all the lighter material was blasted away. The material left behind is what we see today.
2 Earth has a moon, but the nebular theory can’t explain where it came from. Therefore, reasons the evolutionist, it didn’t exist at first. Later, a massive asteroid crashed into the earth at just the right angle and speed. The debris sprayed into space, and some of it turned into our moon. (This hypothetical asteroid, which of course doesn’t exist today, has even been named—Theia.)
3 Venus doesn’t have any moons. However, if the earth got its moon in an asteroid collision, then Venus should have one too. (Venus and Earth are neighbours in space, so the nebular hypothesis says they should have similar histories.) Therefore, some evolutionists propose3 that Venus did get a moon from such a collision. Why don’t we see this moon today? Because a second asteroid collision destroyed it.
4 Venus rotates retrograde, or backwards when compared to the other planets. Since this contradicts the nebular hypothesis, some evolutionists have proposed that Venus initially rotated in the ‘correct’ direction. Then a massive asteroid collision spun it around the other way.
5 Mars has a very thin atmosphere today. However, for various reasons, evolutionists want Mars to have had a thick atmosphere in the past. The answer, as you might have guessed by now, is that a massive asteroid collision disrupted the planet. As a result, it lost4 its atmosphere.
6 Jupiter has many ‘irregular’ moons. Most are retrograde, orbiting in the opposite direction of the planet’s rotation. None of them could have formed in their current orbits, according to the nebular hypothesis. Most evolutionists believe these objects formed elsewhere. Later, they were captured by gravity into their current orbits. However, such captures are extremely unlikely,5 and over 90 irregular moons are currently known. A favoured solution is to appeal to collisions with other objects.6
7 Saturn also has many irregular moons. These are also explained as the result of captures and collisions.
8 Uranus rotates on its side. Unlike the other planets, which spin like tops as they move through space, Uranus rolls along like a ball. According to the nebular hypothesis, it can’t have formed this way. Therefore, reasons the evolutionist, it formed the ‘correct’ way. Later, a massive collision knocked it over on its side. Then it supposedly captured its moons, because their orbits are likewise sideways.
9 Uranus also has an unusual-looking moon named Miranda. To explain its features, some evolutionists invoke not one, not two, but five collisions.7
10 Neptune has a large retrograde moon named Triton. Again, this is contrary to the nebular theory. Again, a collision is invoked to explain away the problem.

According to one version of the story,8 Triton used to be a moon of a planet named Amphitrite, until Neptune stole it from the smaller planet. Of course, there is no planet named Amphitrite today. There’s not even a trace of it. Why? Because it allegedly collided with either Neptune or Uranus and was destroyed.

What can we learn from all this? Although evolutionists claim to base their model on science, the reality is quite different. The solar system as we see it today—in other words, the actual scientific evidence—contradicts the nebular hypothesis. To rescue their model from the facts, secular astronomers are forced to invent a long series of ‘just so’ stories.

There’s also more than a hint of hypocrisy here. Creationists are often criticized for believing in Noah’s Flood. Since the Flood was a one-time catastrophe, it is non-repeatable. Therefore, say many evolutionists, it is outside of science. But where is the outrage for the endless series of non-repeatable catastrophes in the nebular hypothesis?

http://creation.com/Cosmic-catastrophes

What are the Fatal Flaws in Evolution?

  • Natural Selection
    • Natural Selection can’t actually generate anything new; it can only operate on whatever is existing.  And it can only operate to remove what is existing.
  • Genetics
    • All modern scientific evidence points to the decay of an original good design; if you like, good information getting worse.
  • Origin of Life
    • Many evolutionists claim that the Origin of Life is not part of Evolution, but come on: they believe that all living things came from a single cell which in turn came from a primordial soup, but notably absent from any rock anywhere is any trace of a primordial soup.
  • Fossil Record
    • Existence of a fossil by itself is actually proof that something happened very, very fast.  We also know therefore that the rocks the fossils are formed in, must have been formed quickly as well.
  • Geologic Column
    • What we see points to catastrophic processes in the past.  It fits exactly with the account, in Genesis, of Noah’s flood which destroyed the whole earth.
  • Radiometric Dating
    • If the whole Earth was pure Carbon 14, it could only last about a billion years before it’s all gone and we couldn’t detect it.  And yet, we repeatedly find Carbon 14 in objects which are claimed to be millions and even billions of years old, including diamond.
  • Cosmology
    • Stephen Chew, Obama’s Energy Minister, says, “We know nearly everything we need to know about the universe except for some small details: What is dark energy and what is dark matter?”  That’s 96% of the stuff of the universe we know nothing about!
  • Ethics
    • Now there are some moral implications there.  If a Creator made us, He owns us and has a right to make the rules for us.  But if things make themselves, then there’s no right and wrong.  We’re really just bags of rearranged pond scum.  So, what is murder?  It’s really just one bag of chemicals impacting another bag of chemicals.
    • There’s another reason why an Evolutionist will hold onto their belief system, even when all the fatal flaws are revealed, and that is because if Evolution isn’t true, it strongly points them in a different direction.

METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 9

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 9

September 2010


Hippolite Musings

Gentlemen,

In September, I:

  • Successfully installed my sister’s new wireless home network (after two failed attempts);
  • Attended a Microsoft briefing (Telecom only) with Donald Farmer and Nicholas Dritsas;
  • Took minutes at a couple of Align Leader’s meetings;
  • Celebrated Father’s Day at Cadillac Restaurant with my family;
  • Learned to play Amazing Grace on my guitar;
  • Got prayed over by Bob Hartley at Elim Conference;
  • Taught my Align Bible Club about Joseph for the first time (3 lessons);
  • Had a WHEN committee meeting at our place, at which I divested myself of Website duties (still to handover Treasurer role);
  • Attended Promise Keepers Conference in Upper Hutt (GPS – God’s Positioning System);
  • Took boys to Transition breakout at PK Conference;
  • Took minutes at Grenada Village Association Committee meeting;
  • Attended children’s Advanced Students Concert;
  • Attended second mediation hearing between local property developer, DOC, WRC and residents.  Forced to capitulate under threat of legal proceedings;
  • Various prayer meetings; and
  • Attended Victoria University’s Engineering and Computer Science Department’s Student’s Final-Year Project Demonstrations.

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

WorldOutreach

PLEASE PRAY!

  • PAKISTAN.  WOI humanitarian coordinator, Grahame Orpin, has just returned from Pakistan where he did an on-field audit of the 3 organizations that WOI is partnering with in flood relief distribution. Grahame was very impressed with the effort of all 3 teams. In talking with some village elders he discovered that the only help people are receiving is via friends of WOI. He was also overwhelmed by the vastness of the task to help so many with so little resources. WOI has made a commitment during the next 3 months (which are critical), to do all we can to help as many families as possible with basic food and household items. (See attached pics from one distribution team). Further donations are urgently needed – now!  They can be done online via www.world-outreach.com or cheques can be made out to World Outreach, and marked on the reverse side Pakistan Flood Relief, and posted to your nearest WOI office.  Thank you.  Please pray for Pakistan. The nations is ripe for anarchy and desperate for a move of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Answer for Pakistan!
  • Leadership Conference.  This October 05 – 08 World Outreach International is conducting a leadership conference in Karachi, Pakistan where some 500 delegates are expected. With the recent devastating floods that affected 1/5th of the land, this is a very timely event. Many of the participants will be coming from flood affected regions and in need of much encouragement. It will also be an opportunity to equip them for when they return to their churches on how to mobilize their members to go and demonstrate the practical love of Jesus Christ in their communities. Please pray for the success of this important event and for the protection of all who are involved.
  • INDONESIA. From October 11 – 14 WOI will be conducting a field retreat for all personnel serving in the province of West Kalimantan. WOI has 3 ministry bases here with large numbers of personnel and short-term workers. To reach the retreat venue in Sanggau many will have to travel long hours over hazardous roads, so please pray for the protection of all involved and for a wonderful time of both ministry and fellowship.
  • Opportunities To Serve.  Two of the WOI bases in West Kalimantan are looking for short to long term help of people with the following skills: builders, joiners, block layers, tilers, electricians, plumbers, doctors, nurses, dentists, teachers, administrators, agriculturalists, fish & chicken farmers. Know of anyone?  If so please email singapore@world-outreach.com
  • Healing.  A number of WOI personnel are in need of the Lord to heal their bodies. Indonesia: Please pray for Ben & Noah Brooks (Living Waters Ministries, West Kalimantan).  Ben is having rib problems (they keep falling out of place) which is very painful for him and requires him to travel to Malaysia (11hrs) for treatment. Pray too for his son Noah who continues to have 3 sores that continually itch. Treatment via a doctor and a specialist in Malaysia has not helped. Pray against infection and for healing. Please uphold Adi (also LWM) recently married who is very sick with tuberculosis which could easily turn into pneumonia. Sth Africa. Pray for Pastor Ana Koster who is recovering at home after a bout of pneumonia and remains very weak.
  • Nth Africa. With God’s help and provision, the WOI evangelism & church planting team in Burkina Faso is beginning a new initiative into the Nth African nation of Mali, specifically among the Senofo and Marka ethnic people groups. After research and much prayer the goal is to establish approx 1,000 village house churches a year for the next five years.  One key entry strategy is providing a water well in 5 key districts. USD1,800.00 can provide a 10 meter water well/bore & motor pump. It is hoped that 5 different wells can be sponsored. Further sponsorship is needed for both training and outreaches. Please pray for this provision and for Danny & Ruby Bayasen and team, and for the trainee graduates who will go cross-culturally to reach the Senofo and Marka people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

PRAISE!

  • USA.  After the sudden collapse and death of their 19 year old son Adriaan in Sth Africa back in July, we in WOI rejoice with fellow missionaries H & B and their daughter Este (& her husband Matt) over the safe birth of Este & Matt’s baby daughter Monte, born 3 weeks early and weighing in at 4lb 8ounces (2.2kg).
  • THAILAND.  In the seven months since World Outreach held its first CPM training at the end of 2009, between 50 and 60 churches have been planted in the Isaan region. From these churches more than 400 new followers of Christ have been baptised!  This rate of church multiplication and baptism is unheard of in N-E Thailand. A typical church planting ministry would do well to plant one church a year and then possibly stall after 3 years.
  • Testimony.  The following is a cute story via Lorraine Dierck, WOI Thailand field leader about one of the new believers who sells water-melons in the market. “It is the rainy season here now and the melons easily go rotten. Last weekend, Mrs Nit bought 40 watermelons – but the first five she opened were rotten. Her customers said, “Forget it! We’re not buying watermelons from you.” She shared this with the rest of her group, all new believers, and told them she would give the fruit to the monkeys the next morning. But the believers said “If Jesus can heal deaf ears, can’t he heal your watermelons too?” So they prayed, just a simple prayer. When she took the watermelons to the monkeys the next day, every single fruit they cut was unusually fresh, sweet and juicy. Tough luck for the monkeys, but she made enough money to pay the rent on her house this week! God is good.”

John Elliott

Koinonia House News

KHouse

IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES

  • Intelligence Agencies Foil Multi-City European Terror Plot
    September 29, 2010
    Intelligence agencies have disrupted plans for multiple attacks on European cities by a group thought to be linked to al Qaeda, Britain’s Sky News said on Tuesday. Militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes in London, as well as cities in France and Germany.
    – Haaretz
  • Court Allows Embryonic Stem-Cell Research To Continue
    September 28, 2010
    An appeals court has permanently lifted an injunction imposed by a federal judge, thereby allowing federally funded embryonic stem-cell research to continue while the Obama administration appeals the judge’s original ruling against use of public funds in such research. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed Tuesday to permanently lift the injunction and allow the National Institutes of Health to continue research. The court had temporarily lifted that injunction September 9 pending further consideration.
    – CNN
  • Simple, Sweet Stories Of Forgiveness
    September 28, 2010
    “In childhood, I understood the concept of admitting and apologizing when I did something wrong (though I was a well-behaved little girl) and I always felt better when my parents forgave me, showing me their love. Here’s what I didn’t get: I didn’t understand the connections between repentance and God’s forgiveness, and how it all worked… Next, I wasn’t viewing God as a “Father” who would really forgive us our sins… Let me share with you what some Canandaiguans have learned about forgiveness…”
    – Messenger Post (Canandaigua, NY)
  • Small Town Mexico Mayor Stoned To Death
    September 27, 2010
    A small-town mayor and an aide were found stoned to death Monday in a drug-plagued western state, the fifth city leader to be killed in Mexico since mid-August. Michoacan state Attorney General Jesus Montejano said the bodies of Tancitaro Mayor Gustavo Sanchez and city adviser Rafael Equihua were discovered in a pickup truck abandoned on a dirt road near the city of Uruapan.
    – AP
  • Palau Uganda Evangelistic Meeting Draws 82,000
    September 27, 2010
    The Love Kampala Festival with Andrew Palau drew around 82,000 people to Uganda’s capital city over weekend while proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ. BMX biking, freestyle motocross and skateboarding professionals – regular features at Palau festivals – also performed at four prisons, including a maximum security prison, in addition to at the festival. Team members spoke to 3,000 inmates and helped lead more than 2,000 prisoners to fill out decision cards accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. The Palau team also trained thousands of Ugandan Christians on how to follow up with decision-makers and how to engage in friendship evangelism.
    – The Christian Post

Why I Am A Climate Realist

Michael Coren with Dr Tim Ball

This is really worth watching – all parts, and recommending it to others.  What is even more worth watching is an interview between Michael Coren and Monckton which is available from the list which follows the Ball interview.  Note particularly Monckton’s explanation of the resulting re-radiation!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16bxVS-UtTA


Why I Am A Creationist

CMI

If the world was created ‘very good’—what about parasites?

Parasites cause diseases and suffering—where do they fit in a ‘very good’ creation? Read What about parasites? to find out how parasites fit into a biblical worldview.

Are ‘look-alikes’ related?

Evolutionists say that similar structures mean that creatures evolved from a common ancestor. But there are some ‘look-alikes’ that pose problems for evolutionists. See how all ‘look-alikes’ are really evidence for creation in Don Batten’s classic Creation magazine article, Are look-alikes related?

Was Eve Adam’s second wife?

The idea that Adam had a wife named Lilith came from rabbinic Judaism with possible roots in Babylonian mythology, but has been popularized by some authors. Jonathan Sarfati explains in the feedback Black Holes and Lilith.

Is the Bible morally evil?

Many atheists claim that the Bible advocates behaviour that is morally abhorrent, such as rape, murder, and human sacrifice. Lita Cosner’s article Is the Bible ‘evil’? takes on some of the most common accusations against Scripture and shows how those who accuse God of moral atrocities have misread Scripture.

The rabbitfish—another ‘living fossil’

When scientists discovered the supposedly extinct rabbitfish alive and well in the sea south of Brazil, it was described as being as significant as finding a live T. rex. See the connection between such ‘living fossils’ and creation in What’s the rabbitfish-T. rex connection?


Why I Am Pro Maori

Tenei te mihi aroha kia koutou

The Marine and Coastal Area Bill, which replaces the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, was introduced to Parliament on 6 September and will have its first reading in the House today – Tuesday 14th Sept about 3.15pm after oral question time. You may wish to listen/watch the proceedings which will most probably include speeches by our Party co-leaders, and others.

As you know, the previous Labour Govt. enacted legislation denying Maori the right to go to Court to test ownership of the foreshore and seabed, which had the effect of being “the largest single land grab in history”. Subsequently, the Maori Party was spawned in protest and with the promise of pursuing repeal of that FFSB Act. It has now done that as a condition of its coalition agreement with the National party.

The new Marine and Coastal Area Bill repeals Crown ownership of takutai moana. It seeks recognition and restoration of the mana of tangata whenua in the takutai moana. It is important to note that it is not a full and final settlement ie, it allows tangata whenua and Crown to negotiate a settlement. The bill acknowledges and clarifies the role of tangata whenua as the treaty partner to engage direct with the Crown, supported by the Maori Party as an independent voice of Maori in Parliament with political influence.

The bill is expected to pass its first reading today and be referred to the Maori Affairs Select Committee for its consideration, including consultation with tangata whenua and a call for public submissions.


How to… 

Engage the Culture

A couple of groups got up my nose this month so I’m going to rant about them now.

Atheists

  • Their supposed intellectual superiority details their hubris (pride);
  • As if, were somebody sufficiently intelligent, then they would naturally be atheist;
  • This blinds them to the possibility that there are some very intelligent deists;
  • Intelligence does not define worldview and worldview does not define intelligence;
  • There are intelligent and foolish atheists;
  • There are intelligent and foolish Christians;
  • The difference is on another level;
  • “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”
  • In this sense, an intelligent atheist is “worldly wise” but still a fool (morally corrupt).
  • “Be wise as wolves but innocent as doves” means worldly wise and morally wise too.
  • Worldly wisdom, tempered with Godly instruction, is not evil per se.
  • But where evolution goes wrong is it places worldly wisdom, or man’s limited, fallible, temporal, scientific knowledge above the plain, incontrovertible, eternal truth of God.
  • True science will only confirm and expand upon Godly revelation.
  • Science which appears to contradict the Word of God is in error.
  • Not the other way around.

Greens

  • I heard a NZ Green party MP today accuse the government of being influenced by the liquor industry to do nothing about a current bill before Parliament.
  • As if this was a bad thing.
  • Let me explain.
  • What I heard was a socialist criticising the government for listening to the people, instead of ramming legislation down the throats of the people.
  • Here’s what else I thought about:
Party Rating Attributes
Body Mind Spirit
Greens Death Abortion, Euthanasia Evolution, Drugs Gaia
Ideal Life Pro-Life Creation, No Change Christ

In short, I can’t see a single reason for a Christian to vote Green.

So, if we want to get the Greens out of Parliament, the solution is simple: make more Christians!

Quake Law Dangerous

Here’s what my mate Matt has to say:

Good morning, gentlemen;

I have, for some time, been concerned regarding the level of legislative changes in New Zealand’s parliament that seems to push more and more power onto the executive arm of government. One example we have discussed is the amendment to Section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961, in how it seems to give less power to the judiciary to interpret the law and greater power to the executive. Now a group of academics have condemned recent legislation that seems to push further powers to the executive in cases deemed as emergency.

I thought I would ask your opinion on the attached letter and the article in stuff.co.nz where the letter can also be found: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/canterbury-earthquake/4176800/Quake-law-dangerous-lawyers-say

Cheers
Matt


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

Joseph Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

Joseph Clerk Maxwell developed a comprehensive theoretical and mathematical framework for electromagnetic field theory. Einstein called Maxwell’s contributions “the most profound and most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton.” Maxwell rejected the theory of evolution and wrote that God’s command to man to subdue the earth, found in the first chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible, provided the personal motivation to him for pursuing his scientific work. He acknowledged a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.


Friday Fax

C-FAM

Dear Colleague,The false veneer of the international development lobby is rapidly disappearing.  Bono, the head of the rock group U2, had his anti-poverty ONE foundation exposed as a self-serving advocacy group that funnelled most of its $15 million budget into salaries.

Tied into this story, is our exclusive reporting on a  UN head admitting to massive failure and arrogance on the part of UN agencies and donor countries in development.

Our second story digs deeper into the new UN report on maternal mortality, which grudgingly affirms the lower figures of an independent study released earlier this year.  In typical UN fashion, the report advocates for safe abortion even though no backing data is offered in support.

Spread the word.

Sincerely,

Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
Vice-President

PS – Princeton University is hosting an important conference on the abortion debate in October. Register here.

Rock Star Scandal Upends UN Development Meeting

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
NEW YORK, September 30 (C-FAM) A rock star’s scandal and a surprising critique of aid programs last week underscored heightened criticism of international development efforts.

The two incidents upended the intended message of a summit on UN development policies, reflecting a growing disconnect between rhetoric and development results.

Critics Call New Maternal Death Report Faulty

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
NEW YORK, September 30 (C-FAM) A UN report has rankled experts for promoting abortion while also obscuring its research methods.

The new maternal health report endorses a UN strategy that recommends “safe” abortion services and family planning alongside antenatal care and skilled attendants at birth.


Train a Child

WHEN

In September,

  • Tane has volunteered to work as a shop assistant in a Christian cafe.  This is a temporary work experience.  So far, so great!  His attitude is positive, and his employer is pleased.  It gets him out of the house for a bit.  He even cycles to work.  Next step: paid employement and paying board!  (Only dreaming.)
  • Hamish has also learned to accompany me on his guitar when playing Amazing Grace.  I’m loving our time together rehearsing.  I’m also reading “The Hobbit” to him.  I’ve finally acquiesced in the face of his dyslexia, and reconciled myself that he won’t soon conquer Tolkien.  I’m now looking forward to introducing him soon to my Lord of the Rings extended DVD set.
  • Aimee has conquered cycling.  She’s now very confident.  It’s a great activity we can do together, and what’s more the weather is starting to come around to letting us get out more.  PTL!

Why I Am Pro-Israel

OneJerusalem

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • In Memory of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman:  Ten years ago when the Palestinians destroyed the Tomb of Joseph:During the High Holy Days 10 years ago, after control of the Jewish Holy Site had been turned over to the Palestinians, Joseph’s Tomb was virtually destroyed by a rampaging…
  • 9-11 Firefighter Responds to Mosque Developer:  watch the video
  • Israel’s Strange Priorities:  Once again, Prime Minister Netanyahu has publicly pleaded with the Palestinians not to leave the “peace talks.” And his Defense Minister (who did his best to give Arafat the Old City of Jerusalem) joined in by promising that a compromise…
  • Jerusalem’s Future Is In Doubt:  In response to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s recent call for Israel to continue his initiative to divide Jerusalem, several members of the current Likud Government quickly proclaimed that Jerusalem will never be divided under their watch. These declarations should…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

Who’s Marrying Whom?

My husband was performing his first wedding. Our children knew the bride well, and so for several weeks they heard comments about Daddy marrying Amie.

As the wedding approached, our 5-year-old daughter became depressed. One day I took her on my lap and asked why she wasn’t happy. In a burst of tears she said, “I love Daddy, and I don’t want him to marry Amie!”

—”Rolling Down the Aisle.” Christian Reader


Events Schedule

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

When What Where Who
1-2 October Godspace
Children’s worship
Hope Centre, Lower Hutt Kids
3-October The Invisible God – Getting to Know Him Align Church James Hippolite
5-October Farewell for Anne and Selwyn Jackson Elim Church Mike Knott
7-October Verdi’s Macbeth Opera House Shakespeare
11-October Grenada Village Residents Association Committee Meeting 4 Mandeville Crescent Bruce Patterson
16-October VEX Robotics Scrimmage Wellington High School James & Hamish
17-October Amber Days Discovery Christian Centre, Kelson Fiona & Align Girls
21-October SQL Server User Group Meeting Intergen, Lambton Quay TBA
23-October Screen Audition Workshop Wellington City Library Kids
29-October Aimee Hippolite’s 9th birthday Wellington James & Aimee
30-October TYG Paintball Onslow Community College Tane
31-October Halloween Event Alternative Salvation Army Johnsonville Hamish & Aimee
26-27 November 2010 Stayin’ Alive
Pro-life workshop for youth
Grace Hall, 8 Tongariro St, Paraparaumu Bob McCoskrie (Family First NZ)
Brendan Malone (FLI NZ)
Greg Flemming (Maxim Institute)

Bible Reading

You can look up for yourselves at: http://BibleReader.AlignChurch.org.nz/.


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METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7

METTLE

Volume 5 Issue 7

July 2010


Hippolite Musings

Gentlemen,

In July, I:

  • Played in a squash tournament (lost utterly, but at least I competed);
  • Celebrated the wife’s birthday;
  • Release my daughter for a sleepover (slumber party);
  • Watched the All Blacks decimate the South Africans;
  • Hosted my big brother and his new family at my home (for the first time ever);
  • Got some outside advice on improving my marriage (always a good idea, guys);
  • Attended a fund-raising movie night (the chick-flick The Blind Side, was very good);
  • Learned to strum the chords for “Hotel California” and “Stand By Me” on my guitar;
  • Hosted my wife’s best friend from primary & secondary school in our home for the first time;
  • Attended my two son’s school holiday programme drama production “Turn Back the Clock”;
  • Attended a mid-winter Christmas party put on by our neighbours at the Grenada Village Community Hall;

Blessings,
James.


World Outreach

WorldOutreach

PLEASE PRAY!

  • BEREAVEMENTS.  Dorothy Chismon’s 88 year old Mum passed away un-expectantly in NZ this week from a suspected brain aneurism.  Dorothy has been able to change her schedule so as to arrive in time for the funeral this Saturday.  Please uplift Dorothy (& family) in prayer during this sad time. Also remember to keep H & B before the Lord in prayer as they adjust to life without their precious (& only) son, (19yrs), who passed away suddenly earlier this month.
  • EAST AFRICA.  Chris, Nadine and Matthew Brittain have just completed the WO 6 week NATIONS training course in Thailand and are about to touch down in Kenya to set up home and the new WO East Africa base.  They write:  “Can we ask the WOI family to pray for us as we arrive in Kenya this coming Monday to begin mission mobilization. We are very grateful for the Nations course which has been excellent preparation.  We would like prayer for finding suitable accommodation, a car and that we start well.  Thanks.”
  • S’PORE.  This August 02-05 the World Outreach International Vision Team meet to sign off on a number of policies /  procedures / programs that are outcomes of our WO2010 journey.  The following week (Aug 10-13) the WOI Mission Council meets as part of its 2 annual gatherings. Please pray for all those involved and pray that these two weeks of leadership meetings will be mightily blessed of the Lord resulting in great outcomes that will help the many ministries in WO go forward with greater confidence and effectiveness – Praise the Lord!
  • INDONESIA. Continue to pray for God’s provision for the purchase of the campus land on Mount Tawangmangu in Central Java. Sam & Carol Soukotta are very grateful to those who are praying and who have contributed to the fund to buy the land on which the Tawangmangu Bible College premises are located. To date around half of USD330K has been received / pledged.  The deadline for full payment is January 2011. 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.

PRAISE!

  • THAILAND. Testimonies from the 19 ‘students’ at the recently concluded 6 week WO Int Nations Training Course (NTC) in northern Thailand, are full of praise for how they all benefited from these studies.  Participants were from Nth India, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, and all raved about the excellent material.  Lorraine Dierck who heads this WO training ministry, says that this course was the best yet.  The next 6 week NTC is set for Christchurch, NZ mid January to 3rd week of February. Email Lorraine lorraine@goodnewsteam.com for more info.

Blessings.
John Elliott
International Director


Koinonia House News

KHouse

IMPORTANT NEWS HEADLINES

  • Olympia Food Co-op Is Boycotting Israeli Products And Tutu Agrees
    July 28, 2010
    South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday that he supports the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott of Israeli products. The Olympia Food Co-op, located in Olympia, Washington, announced last week that no Israeli products would be sold at its two grocery stores in the city.
    – Haaretz
  • Christian Graduate Counselling Student Expelled for Opposition to Homosexuality
    July 28, 2010
    A federal judge has ruled in favour of a public university that removed a Christian student from its graduate program in school counselling over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. Monday’s ruling, according to Julea Ward’s attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views. “Christian students shouldn’t be expelled for holding to and abiding by their beliefs,” said ADF senior counsel David French. “To reach its decision, the court had to do something that’s never been done in federal court: uphold an extremely broad and vague university speech code.”
    – Fox News
  • Judge Puts Damper on AZ Law
    July 28, 2010
    A federal judge stepped into the fight over Arizona’s immigration law at the last minute Wednesday, blocking the heart of the measure and defusing a confrontation between police and thousands of activists that had been building for months. Coming just hours before the law was to take effect, the ruling isn’t the end. It sets up a lengthy legal battle that could end up before the Supreme Court — ensuring that a law that reignited the immigration debate, inspired similar measures nationwide, created fodder for political campaigns and raised tensions with Mexico will stay in the spotlight.
    – AP
  • Boy Scout Jamboree This Year Celebrates 100th Anniversary
    July 28, 2010
    Franks said Fort A.P. Hill becomes a city of 90,000 people every four years when the jamboree is held there. Scouts from throughout the world participate in hundreds of activities like scuba diving, camping, shooting and other outdoor activities associated with scouting. Scouts have the opportunity to work toward any badge offered by the organization including alpine skiing, Franks said. “This year is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting,” Franks said. “Traditionally, the jamboree is a way of bringing scouts across the country together to share in scouting skills and share in the fellowship of scouting.”
    – The Daily Reflector
  • Ahmadinejad Ready to Negotiate
    July 27, 2010
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad abandoned preconditions for talks over Iran’s nuclear program late Monday, saying talks would start in early September regardless of the conditions he had set. Ahmadinejad last month gave conditions for talks with the UN Security Council and Germany including their stance on Israel’s nuclear program and Iran. Ahmedinajad told state TV late Monday, however, that Iran would “follow negotiations” whether or not the conditions are met.
    – The Jerusalem Post
  • Obama Chooses The View Over the Boy Scouts
    July 26, 2010
    President Barack Obama, the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, will not speak in-person before the group on Wednesday at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, as part of the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration. However, the president is sending a videotaped message to the scouts for Wednesday, the same day he will be in Manhattan to tape an appearance for ABC TV’s talk show “The View.”
    – CNS News

Why I Am A Climate Realist

Climate Conversation Group

Gluckman’s disreputable science

The government’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA), Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, treats climate questioners as “deniers.” Such tactics are the antithesis of science and deserve the firmest reproach.

His attitude emerges from an analysis of a headline speech he gave on June 9, entitled “Integrity in Science: Implications from and for the Climate Change Debate” in which he raised the topic of people sceptical of the science of global warming, justified labelling them “deniers” yet gave no evidence of the reality of dangerous human interference in the climate.

The analysis, by Richard Treadgold, Convenor of the Climate Conversation Group, in association with scientists of the NZ Climate Science Coalition, is available at Gluckman stumbles, Part 2 – Sludge. Or at a shorter URL: http://tinyurl.com/22nw8o7.

At the same time, in a related and astonishing development, the CSA and the Royal Society reveal that they refuse to talk seriously to people about climate change. Since early this year, Dr Doug Edmeades, on behalf of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, has been trying to engage our CSA, Sir Peter Gluckman, and/or the Royal Society in a conversation about global warming.

Regrettably, they have just confirmed their refusal even to talk to us, so it is time to bring the matter to the public. It is clear there have been serious failures in our public science framework in its handling of climate change. We now reveal to the people of New Zealand just how unkindly and unjustly their top scientist deals with those who disagree with him. Many will be surprised to hear the unscientific details.

Richard Treadgold
Convenor
Climate Conversation Group

Murrays Bay
Auckland, NZ.
09-479-3396
0275-340-641
richard@wordshine.co.nz
www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz


Why I Am A Creationist

CMI

As you read this thousands have already been reached

After many years in the planning, we are incredibly excited at something that is taking place right now. CMI’s Dr David Catchpoole is currently in the early stages of a two-month ministry tour delivering the creation message in Indonesia. He is preaching in Indonesian—David spent many years working in Indonesia, and his wife Esther is Indonesian, and through attending an Indonesian-language church the last few years, his language skills have been refreshed and honed. After just a few days there, David has already spoken to over 3,000, but by the end we estimate that approximately 20,000 people will have heard him speak (and quite possibly more).

Read The (long) road to Indonesia.

A call to prayer

Many don’t realize that the islands that make up Indonesia (one of Australia’s closest neighbors) constitute the world’s most populous Muslim nation. But with a total population in excess of 200 million, the Christian minority is nevertheless huge, and feeling pressure for their faith from many directions—not the least being the increasing teaching of evolution that challenges the foundations of the gospel. The hunger, and the excitement at the message, has been immense already. Please pray for David and his wife during this long arduous tour, and also for their children who remain back home in Australia. Their tour schedule can be viewed here.

A special effort

Hearing the message is one thing, but CMI’s ministry methodology has always been about getting resources into people’s hands. We know from over 32 years of ministry feedback that the life-changing resources we take along multiply the ministry outreach when they get shared around among family members and friends. For this reason CMI commissioned special translations of the Creation Answers Book and Stones and Bones for this trip, locally printed and suitably priced. The hunger with which they were taken up in the early meetings looks like we will have to reprint to meet demand on this tour. Praise God!
You can read an article and early report on this incredible ministry opportunity called The (long) road to Indonesia that provides more insight than we can explain in this short Infobytes. It also contains short clips on David speaking in Indonesian and a video from a young Indonesian man who shares how David’s ministry impacted his life. He wrote:

“I am so grateful to Dr David Catchpoole … because he was able to help me to understand that the creation by God in the book of Genesis is indeed the truth and fact, therefore, it is not a fairy tale, and it cannot be denied by anyone even by evolutionist.”

“All the sermons and seminars run by Creation Ministries have helped me immensely and I am certain it will also help our friends in Indonesia to have a better understanding that evolutionism is truly misleading. I honestly worry because evolutionism is still taught at every school in Indonesia, started at primary level all the way to high school level even to university level.”

Another CMI initiative

Although CMI speakers from our various offices have ministered in many countries around the world as diverse as Namibia, Holland, Romania, China, Russia, Fiji, Malaysia, the scope and potential of this Indonesian tour is huge. We thank you for your support of all of our offices that allows such exciting opportunities to happen. In fact, CMI’s Dr Rob Carter only just returned from a ministry trip to Dominica (an island nation in the Caribbean Sea). Stay tuned for his report on that soon.


How to… 

…Engage the Culture

Chicken Came First!

Hi James

Check this out.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/3919550/Chicken-or-egg-question-finally-answered

If evolution was accurate and true, then the egg ought to have come first. Evolution means the change from evolution is passed to the surviving species, which means gradual change at the time an egg is laid.

However, it is now seen by scientists that the chicken came first – meaning scientists cannot explain in evolutionary theory how the chicken came to exist first.

Creation science, however, believes in God’s divine hand in creation. That would concur with the concept that the chicken came first.

Matt


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)

Lord Kelvin is considered one of the all-time great physicists. He established thermodynamics on a formal scientific basis, providing a precise statement of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Lord Kelvin was a strong Christian, opposing both Lyellian uniformitarianism and Darwinian evolution. In 1903, shortly before his death, he made the unequivocal statement that, “With regard to the origin of life, science…positively affirms creative power.”

Friday Fax

C-FAM

UN Committee Attacks Motherhood, Demands New “Rights” for Women

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

NEW YORK, July 29 (C-FAM)  A United Nations (UN) treaty committee notorious for its promotion of abortion and ideological positions not supported by UN treaties, concludes its session this week after launching attacks on motherhood and traditional gender roles, while calling for an ever-expanded array of new sexual and reproductive “rights”.  The session was especially notable for the statement by the Russian Federation, which reported that decreasing abortion rates were helping to decrease the overall maternal mortality rates in that country.

Latin American Economic Summit Promotes Abortion, Condemns “Lesbophobia”

By Amanda Pawloski and Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

NEW YORK, July 29 (C-FAM)  A recent gathering of Latin America’s top economic commission issued a document praising secularism, condemning “lesbophobia,” calling for redistributive social systems, and liberally promoting sexual and reproductive rights. Delegates from more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries attended the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Eleventh Session of the Regional Conference on Women in Brazil. The purpose of the conference was to address gender equality and women’s empowerment in economic terms. The delegates were mainly “gender” advisors, representing the government of member states.


Train a Child

WHEN

In July,

  • Tane & Hamish enrolled in a school holiday (ironic) programme.  They learned a new drama, called Turn Back the Clock.  They performed it at Newtown Community Hall.
  • Aimee had a couple of sleepovers.
  • I was gently rebuked by a stranger for my attitude (disparaging) towards daughter.  This will improve.

Why I Am Pro-Israel

OneJerusalem

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Humour

Worried your Super will run short?

Senior health care solution

So you’re a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home available for you – what do you do?

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot 2 MP’s and 2 illegal immigrants!  

Of course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating,  air conditioning and all the health care you need!  New teeth – no problem.  Need glasses, great.  New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart?  All covered. (And your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now).

And who will be paying for all of this?  The same government that just told you that you they cannot afford for you to go into a home.

Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income taxes anymore.

IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT?


Humour

New Job At The Zoo

A bloke starts his new job at the zoo and is given three tasks.

The first is to clear the exotic fish pool of weeds. As he does this a huge fish jumps out and bites him. To show the others who’s boss, he beats it to death with a spade. Realizing his employer won’t be best pleased he disposes of the fish by feeding it to the lions, as lions will eat anything.

Moving on to the second job of clearing out the Chimp house, he is attacked by the chimps who pelt him with coconuts. He swipes at two chimps with a spade, killing them both. What can he do? Feed them to the lions, he says to himself, because lions eat anything. He hurls the corpses into the lion enclosure.

He moves on to the last job which is to collect honey from the South American Bees. As soon as he starts he is attacked by the bees. He grabs the spade and smashes the bees to a pulp. By now he knows what to do and throws them into the lion’s cage – because lions eat anything.

Later that day a new lion arrives at the zoo. He wanders up to another lion and says, “What’s the food like here?”

The other lions say, “Absolutely brilliant. Today we had fish and chimps with mushy bees.”


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
2-Aug-10 Maori Group Elim International Christian Church Regina Tito
9-Aug-10 Grenada Village Residents Association Meeting Grenada Village Community Hall Bruce Patterson
12-Aug-10 WHEN AGM WHEN Library All
18-Aug-10 James and Tane leave to go skiing! National Park None

Testimony

Gave this testimony at Align Church

What it means to me to be a Maori Christian

Introduction (2 min)

  • Gave my mihi last month
  • I want to share about my (on-going) journey of discovering what it means to be a Maori Christian
  • Not holding myself up as a model Maori at all: don’t korero (much)
  • But I have researched and talked through this subject with some kaumatua[1] I respect and have something to say.

Do I have to give up my Maori-ness to be a Christian? (3 mins)

  • No more so than any other culture!
  • E.g. shellfish: we are Gentile believers, not Jewish. Therefore: not saved by works but by grace alone.
  • E.g. carving: like English photographs of ancestors. Not automatically evil. Not necessarily an idol. Can become one, like a photograph can be pornographic.
  • I have been to South Africa. I have met black SA Christians and white SA Christians. Both sides are amazed that the other side calls themselves Christian! E.g. waste vs. theft.

Are any parts of Maoridom absolutely opposite to Christianity? (2 mins)

  • Makutu: cursing can only come from Satan
  • Drugs: desecrating the temple of the Holy Spirit
  • Sex before marriage: not God’s plan for a holy family

What parts of Maoridom are God-honouring? (3 mins)

  • Art: (carving, singing, dancing, etc.) can bless or curse
  • Oral tradition: an example from Genesis
  • Whakapapa: mine goes back to 30AD!
  • Whanau: including te awhina ora (maori adoption) are examples of extended family, particularly biblical

[1] Sam Chapman, Monte Ohia, Kim Workman


Bible Reading

You can look up for yourselves at: http://BibleReader.AlignChurch.org.nz/.


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