Pastor’s Blog

Welcome to the NPC Pastor’s Blog page, a great place to find fresh insights on mission, ministry, theology and leadership from a variety of NPC pastors and lay-leaders.

From the Pastor

Getting Christmas right is hard. No matter how early we start and how much we try to remedy the slip-ups of last year, Christmas is stressful and the perfect day is illusive. I think part of the reason is that Christmas is counter-intuitive. We assume...

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Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 9% of Australian children. There have even been a couple of high profile incidents leading to death recently. It is much more a Western phenomenon, an urban one, and is more common among migrants. Researchers are not entirely...

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What is it that makes us human? That separates us from the animals. One way to answer this question is to talk about being civilised. Animals hunt and kill. They feed their own at the expense of others. They will savagely defend their territory. And...

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By Sunday morning the state election will be over, and we have a new or returned government. I was asked a couple of times during the election to get behind a certain cause, usually in a way that was partisan (e.g. stop the Andrew’s Safe...

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In Isaiah 43:18 we read “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” What does God mean by doing something ‘new’? And how often does a new thing come along? If by ‘new’ you understand the old...

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Authentic is one of the words we have suddenly heard a lot more of. Everyone and everything needs to be authentic, including Church and Christians. This is a response to our fascination with power. We are aware that big organisations want us to do things, buy...

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Disruption We have introduced the term ‘disruption’ to talk about moments when our not-yet Christian friends find their routine – their normal way of approaching life - is unsettled. They find themselves asking different questions about life, or realising their current assumptions about how things are...

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Deuteronomy 6:6-9 6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8Tie them as symbols...

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I watched part of a commentary on the American Supreme Court nomination controversy just recently. It was polarised and fiercely combative. To be honest, I found the ‘over the top’ reactions mildly entertaining. However, as I came to grips with what the conflict was about,...

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