• Service times

    Services times are:

    Saturday night 7:30 pm for our Chinese/English service [except for the second Saturday of every month when the service starts at 6:30 pm and is followed by a shared meal]. (Pastor Daniel Choi.)

    Sunday 10 am for our English language service (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@clear.net.nz

    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, Helen Evans, Willa Hui, and Alfred Zhou.

The idol ‘Market’; Mammon by another name…

In an excellent article written for the New Zealand Herald on Thursday January 12 2012, Bryan Gould (ex-British Labour politician and now vice-chancellor of the University of Waikato in New Zealand) questions the un-reflective trust people place in ‘the market.’ He notes: “It is precisely this touching faith in the infallibility of the market that has produced our current difficulties.” Commenting that it is only recently that the notion of challenging the market has been deemed somehow immoral, he also states that the unregulated market can become an instrument of oppression.

Theologians Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat, in a challenging book entitled Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire assert that ‘the market’ in our day has become a ‘god’ – Christians would call this ‘god’ Mammon – with a strangle-hold over the world like that exercised by the Roman emperors who were viewed as gods in their day.

It’s interesting that a similar view is coming through from very different directions. (It must be noted, though, that Walsh, Keesmaat, and Gould are all concerned for the effect the market has on real people, especially for those disadvantaged by the supposedly dispassionate market.) Many Christians in the Western world, though, unashamedly support the market. It’s probably because most of us function well enough under its aegis. (For an angry comment on this, see themassesareangry.blogspot.com, entry for Wednesday September 21st, 2011.) How ironic that we, the very ones who read Scripture regularly, who probably know the book of Colossians very well, may have missed a central thrust of its teaching because blinded by a god of this age. May the Lord have mercy upon us.

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