• 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.

What’s your story?

In a fascinating book called ‘Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief,’ neuroscientists Andrew Newberg, Eugene d’Aquilli, and Vince Rause describe research done on meditating Buddhist monks and praying Catholic nuns. As the people investigated achieved a ‘peak state’ of their spiritual practice, SPECT scans were taken. Brain activity in both groups was very similar, but the explanations given of what was occurring at the time were very different. The Buddhist practitioners described their peak meditative experiences as creating a sense of being a part of everyone and everything in existence. The nuns, however, described a sense of being immersed in the boundless love of God. All of this is highly suggestive, implying that the story by which we understand our lives actually colours our experience of life itself.

This may be why anthropologist Mercea Eliade states that shamans in traditional cultures have to learn the cosmology and mythology of their ascents before they can “experience” them in ecstasy (quoted in John J Collins’ ‘The Apocalyptic Imagination.’) Most people don’t even think about the story (or stories) through which they interpret life, but simply go with the flow of the dominant culture. Christianity invites people to immerse themselves in the story of Jesus. It’s a great story, redolent with life for self and others. What story have you chosen to live by?

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