• 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.

For the common good…

In the news in New Zealand at the moment is a proposal to build a new international convention centre in Auckland. The government wants the centre built with private rather than public money. The only business to put up its hand and volunteer to undertake the project is Sky City Casino. But there’s a catch. The number of pokie gambling machines in New Zealand is limited by law. The Casino wants to be able to install an extra 500 pokies in return for building the convention centre. Opponents argue that this will not contribute to the common good, as the money for the convention centre will be derived disproportionately from either problem gamblers or from money laundering by criminals and their associates. Does a business like Sky City Casino have an obligation to consider the common good?

I’ve been reading a book of Winston Churchill’s speeches entitled ‘Churchill Speaks 1897 – 1963: Collected Speeches in Peace and War.’ In the early part of his political career – as far as I have got in reading the massive tome – Churchill certainly considered it a responsibility of business to work for the common good. In an election address given in Manchester in 1908 Churchill spoke on the resistance being put up by the powerful alcohol lobby to proposed legislation aimed at diminishing the negative social effects of excessive alcohol consumption upon the welfare of the British public. He stated: In this country private interests should be respected, but the public interest must have right of way.

Interestingly, academic theologian David Ford argues that university education must also serve the common good, and resist being suborned by moneyed interests. In his book ‘Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love,’ Ford writes: … education should aim to form wise people committed to the common good. 

In straightened times such as we currently ‘enjoy,’ when the common good seems a luxury that business and education can marginalize, I think we need to embrace again a commitment to this good, and not allow expediency to rule in the sourcing of desired things like convention centres at an unacceptable cost to the public good.

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