• Service times

    Services times are:

    Saturday night 7:30 pm for our Chinese/English service. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

    Sunday 10 am for our English language service (Senior Pastor Jeff Whittaker).

    Sunday 11:30 am for our Chinese (Mandarin) language service. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

  • Contact details…

    Physical and postal address:
    4 Inverary Avenue,
    Epsom,
    Auckland 1023,
    NEW ZEALAND.

    Email:
    epsombaptist@gmail.com

    Telephone:
    (0064 9) 6306010

    Contacts:
    Rev. Jeff Whittaker
    Pastor Daniel Choi

  • Church Officers…

    Church Treasurer: Ann Guan

    Church Secretary: Margaret Whittaker

    Church Deacons: Anne Bartley, Ian de Stigter, Kristy Choi, Willa Hui, Donglan Zhang and Alfred Zhou.

Quiet! Something is happening…

When one comes across a deliberate conjunction of the number seven and silence, attention needs to be paid, because something is happening. I have been preaching through the book of Revelation. Meditating while preparing my sermon on chapter 8, the first verse struck me: When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. I thought to myself, this has to be referring to a Sabbath, and thus maybe linked with Genesis 1. When I looked back into  Revelation chapter 6, I could see that the sixth seal announced the dissolution of creation, and chapter 7 the creation of a new humanity. Well, to me, Revelation 8: 1 is about a Sabbath. And then I thought of a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer that I read on an interesting web-site called Resting in His Grace (mtsweat.wordpress.com). The quote is: Where God tears great gaps (as occurs in Revelation 6) we should not try to fill them with human words.

I resolved to blog on this association of ideas, but have had to wait due to busyness. And while waiting, another association sprang to mind.  In his well-known book ‘Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein has only one brief sentence in section 7: Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. I remember reading somewhere else (and the source is now forgotten) that this was deliberate allusion to a Sabbath on Wittgenstein’s part, despite the fact that he was highly ambivalent about his Jewishness. (Fascinatingly, he was the same age as and attended the same school as Adolf Hitler, although they were placed in classes a couple of years apart.) So, despite my blogging on this issue, perhaps we have in this association of ideas a suggestion to be slower in making pronouncements – such as predictions about the timetable for Christ’s return – on such books as Revelation. Silence may be more appropriate, because something is happening.

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