Archive for October, 2007

American presidents

October 29, 2007

Now that Sam Brownback has pulled out from the 2008 American presidential campaign, perhaps Mike Huckabee would be a good option to lead that great country.

Here’s a speech of his to give you a taste of his views. Would this guy make a good president? Or would Hillary Clinton be a better option for the world?

The Fourth Commandment

October 28, 2007

Wally Behan preached on Deuteronomy 5:1-15 today. This covers the first four of the ten commandments, those that deal with “loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength”. One bit which quite interested me was his treatment of the fourth commandment.

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. Deut 5:12-15

Now, I’ve always thought it strange that Christians treat Sunday as the Sabbath, because Sunday is the first day of the week, that great day on which Christ rose from the dead. Saturday is the seventh day. Wally encouraged the congregation to abstain from usual activity on Sunday, in keeping with Christian tradition, and the commandment. Sort of. In my opinion, there is no biblical warrant for a Protestant to move the Sabbath to Sunday, yet confessedly Sunday is the Christian Church’s day of worship. So here’s the Dale-O-Way. Our family rest from commercial activity on Saturday, as far as is practical. Jesus gave us the principals of Sabbath keeping:

And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27

But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood. Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man,“Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Luke 6:8-10

Then, our family gathers together with other Christians for worship on Sunday – and often head to the mall for shopping afterwards. I often wonder whether it would be simply better to move the day of rest to Sunday to match up with the Church’s tradition, that would be more convenient in a lot of ways. But, if Church tradition can trump Scripture in something so important as the expression of one of the commandments, then the question has to be asked why Church tradition does not overrule Scripture in other areas as well. Ooo-er. I feel a counter-reformation coming on…

One thing I really like about the fourth commandment is that it is a reminder of God as creator. Why do we have a seven day week anyhow? A year is how long the earth takes to go around the sun. The months are marked out by the moon. A day is the rotation of the earth. But what about a week? Puzzling indeed.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11

Parenting with flashing lights

October 28, 2007

Ah, anti-smacking legislation. Be very afraid. A real-life report from an ordinary kiwi mum.

I tried to take control of X and pull the child off the tramp, while the child was shouting and resisting. I smacked X on the backside with the palm of my hand (X was lying on their stomach), pulled X towards me and asked X to control themselves. Finally X came inside and went to the bedroom. I told X to stay there until they apologised. Within 20mins, there were three police officers at my door and they asked me to step outside. (they had arrived with lights flashing). They had received a complaint from a neighbour about an incident concerning one of my children.

I asked the officer, if this was the second visit here and the events were the same, except this time I didn’t smack the backside but simply pulled the child off the tramp, would I still be arrested? She replied yes, because I still used physical force and that under the new law no parent is allowed to use any physical force, unless you are protecting your child.

Hmmm. With this sort of politically correct nonsense happening to ordinary parents I wonder if I can actually vote for anyone dumb enough to vote for this superb piece of legislation. That would narrow the field quite a bit.

Disable IPv6 on a Vista home network connection

October 22, 2007

The cable guy

What say you don’t use IPv6 on your home network, and you want to tidy up those unused IPv6 traces in your networking stack. What’s a tidy kiwi to do?
In the Network Connections folder, obtain properties of the connection and clear the check box next to the Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) component in the list under This connection uses the following items. This method disables IPv6 on your LAN interfaces and connections, but does not disable IPv6 on tunnel interfaces or the IPv6 loopback interface.

Courtesy of the cable guy.

For the girl afraid of seaweed

October 20, 2007

Or, my daughter Zoe…

Jon at the beach with Garfield

Courtesy, garfield.com

Single Christian Party – Resurrection required

October 18, 2007

Interesting background reading. So Gordon Copeland was publicizing the party he previously agreed to dissolve?

14 August, New Christian Party National Advisory Council, including Gordon Copeland

“29 August – last arranged meeting for FNZ. Finish meetings of FNZ”

10 September, Gordon Copeland to Ian Wishart of Investigate Magazine

“I would of course be happy to be interviewed at any time concerning the new political party, Future New Zealand”

18 September, Richard Lewis, Brian Tamaki

Destiny New Zealand deregisters

Family or future?

October 17, 2007

It won’t be Future New Zealand and The Family party together, as Gordon Copeland has named a united Christian party a failure. The failure seems to be wholly on his part however. Copeland’s pique and arrogance seems to be the reason for the failure. It is deeply disappointing to me that Christians will not have a united Christian voice in politics. It is obvious that Christians within Labour and National are ineffective. Take the anti-smacking bill lately passed into law for example. In that case no Labour member had any freedom to vote their Christian conscience. Exhibit B, the prostitution law reform bill, passed into law on the mysterious abstention of a Labour “man of religion” the muslim Ashraf Choudhary. John Key of National voted with Labour to pass through the anti-smacking legislation, with the insane rider that police have the discretion not to prosecute law-breakers where the results of the discipline offending are inconsequential.

Sure, the 5% threshold that the major parties use to protect their monopoly on power is quite an obstacle, but philosophically focussed parties such as the Greens and Maori have been successful. A Christian Coalition also came very close to representation; representation for the Christian worldview in our leadership is possible. The result of the hegemony of Labour and National has been civil unions, legalized prostitution and the criminalization of discipline. Is that the fruit of Christians in the major parties?

Unfortunately Gordon Copeland’s behaviour in the “single Christian political vehicle” debacle has been so atrocious from a Christian standpoint that it borders on the farcical, a fact that does not escape secular commentators.

Positively, Richard Lewis has come through this storm of ridiculous antics with a lot of credit. I also have a lot of time for Family Party co-leader Paul Adams, from the little I have heard from him over the years. Perhaps there’s some hope yet. The idealist in me would hate to have to vote National again.

Give that man an award!

October 11, 2007

May I extend heartfelt gratitude to Rob Holding for his comments on Rhema this morning. It was very encouraging hearing Rob referring to the six days of creation and the recent creation of the stars. In a world where every man and his dog are tripping over themselves to dismiss Genesis as poetry, Rob’s straightforward understanding of the word of God is refreshing. May I extend to Rob the Exodus 20:11 award for upholding the word of God. Thanks!