Matthew Henry John Bartlett

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Tuesday 09 May, 02017

by Matthew Bartlett @ 1:54 pm

Tuesday 04 April, 02017

Something I made for Community Law Wellington

by Matthew Bartlett @ 12:53 pm

Sunday 18 September, 02016

Links of interest

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:06 pm

Psephizo: (How) does Acts 15 help us with difficult decisions? (via Peter Carrell)
John Smart: Your Personal Sim: The Brave New World of Smart Agents (video, via Richard Dennis Bartlett)
Renters United rank Wellington mayoral candidates
What you miss when you take notes on your laptop
Robert Fisk: Isis was quick to understand a truth the West must now confront
Greenpeace: Landcorp, NZ’s biggest farmer, quits palm kernel expeller
All the world’s immigration (2010–15) on one map (wassup Saudi Arabia?)


Friday 03 June, 02016

A few graphics for the NZ Council of Christian Social Services

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:49 am

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Monday 27 July, 02015


by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:06 pm

Barack Obama’s stirring, impressive eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney
How New Zealand’s missing the mark on climate change
The myth of the ethical shopper (via Craig Ambrose)
Anthony Cabraal reflecting on why he quit advertising six years ago to work in social enterprise

Saturday 18 July, 02015


by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:04 pm

This time last week we were at a church retreat on the shore of Lake Wairarapa. It was good. Great snacks. The content oddly orthodox & compelling: Jesus & St Paul. A good world marred. This is not the way it’s supposed to be. The word for that is sin. Both out there in the violent oppressive destructive alienating structures, but also right in here, in me, in everyone. So we have a problem. So God has a problem. God’s world’s not right. God’s mana offended. Jesus is the remedy. Jesus the man put to death in a religiously authorised state execution. The cross is mysterious and beyond final explanation, but many metaphors are used to try and get at it. Metaphors coalesce on Jesus being God; God in Jesus himself experiencing it all, humiliated, vulnerable, alienated; and that somehow dealing with the sin inside and out, redeeming it, putting things right. The word is next year will be about the resurrection.

Saturday 06 December, 02014

A sermon

by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:19 am

A sermon from me for All Saints Sunday

Friday 05 December, 02014


by Matthew Bartlett @ 10:30 am

I’m having a good time building a WordPress website at the moment. I’m learning lots of bits and pieces along the way. About:

  • getting the site to look good on different screen sizes using css media queries
  • Google Chrome’s ‘device mode’, which lets you preview the screen shapes of various devices (e.g. iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab)
  • using FontAwesome for icons
  • using a semi-transparent PNG image to give a div a translucent background (thanks minichate @ Stack Overflow)
  • having a background image change once a day by seeding rand() with today’s date (thanks Cronco @ Stack Exchange)

Saturday 04 October, 02014


by Matthew Bartlett @ 12:22 pm

Tuesday 26 August, 02014

What I’ve been working on

by Matthew Bartlett @ 12:18 pm

caring for people and money (FB)

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Tuesday 05 November, 02013

Pacifist Narnia

by Matthew Bartlett @ 5:33 am

Stanley Hauerwas: Could C.S. Lewis have imagined a world without war?

Tuesday 17 September, 02013

Every day

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:04 am

By Mark Gee.

Tuesday 10 September, 02013

Devolving power

by Matthew Bartlett @ 11:07 am


Peter Koropotkin on what causes communes to fail

Pokie Free Challenge: ‘What would you give to see a bar get rid of its pokies? And what would it take for a bar to remove them? This is a simple pledge site dedicated to those questions.’

Bjarte Bogsnes, ‘Taking reality seriously – towards a more self-regulating management model at Statoil’. Sounds like subsidiarity:

In short, we try to make decisions at the right time and at the right level. Being a capital intensive and value-chain organized company, every single decision can’t be made at each platform or plant. But given this industrial setting, we try to make decisions as far out in the organization as possible. In many other businesses decision authorities can be delegated even further out.

Rick Wartzman, ‘If Self-Management Is Such a Great Idea, Why Aren’t More Companies Doing It?’

My deep sense, though, is that the biggest barrier is this: The less hierarchy at a company, the more that certain people will be forced to give up their perks and privileges. One manifestation of this at Morning Star is that the highest-paid employee makes just six times what the lowest-paid earns (including seasonal hires)—a far cry from the 380-to-1 spread between CEO and average worker pay among the S&P 500. “At the end of the day,” says Green, who joined Morning Star in 2006, “we’re asking the princes to lay down their crowns.”

Make Wealth History, ‘Archbishops, credit unions and not for profit banking’

Dave Pollard, ‘Enough to Go Around: The Case for Community Currency

The paradoxes go on: Very little food is produced on Bowen, and much of what is sold here is imported from far away, poor-quality, expensive and unnutritious. Yet there is lots of land that could be used for organic permaculture, and many who would love to contribute time and learn about food self-sufficiency in community gardens, if only we could get them set up.


Monday 26 August, 02013

Fresh off the plane

by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:29 pm

Advance copy

Pretty delighted with the advance copies of Nga Kai-Rui i Te Rongopai — Seven Early Maori Christians that have just turned up. Words by Rosemary Dewerse. Design (including that beautiful cover) by Lily Emo. Published for Te Hui Amorangi ki Te Manawa o Te Wheke (Maori Anglican diocese that goes from Taumarunui to the Bombay Hills).

Thursday 18 April, 02013

Ruby code to combine ranges in a book index

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:51 pm