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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

Closure is one of those words that have become very popular of recent. It’s not a new word, but its usage has risen meteorically. Perhaps it is because modern life is so complex and so multi-dimensional. We love it when we can close and move

From the Pastor

Our DEEPer series this year is entitled ‘Love equals’. What is love? – a question for the ages. Instead of trying to answer it, I will offer a few reflections about how our current culture is engaging with this enduring question. Firstly, everyone agrees love is

From the Pastor

On Wednesday night I will speak to the George Pell conviction. Some have asked me why I have not addressed this earlier. I have tried. It is complex. For today I wish to make three points: Firstly, it happened, and it happens. George Pell’s conviction may

From the Pastor

A few comments Patrick Lok made at the missions breakfast struck me. One was this: the Chinese churches response to the recent increase in persecution is to lay low for a while, the Chinese church has seen this before. To my Western ears that sounds weak.

From the Pastor

Making sense of senseless violence, as occurred in NZ, is almost impossible; but we must try. Hatred is a destructive force. It begets more hate, and descends into a death spin. Nothing good comes from it. Hatred can come from any side: From the right, from

From the Pastor

It’s election time soon, and we have just had International Women’s Day, so talk of quotas is rife. I am all for equality, as we read in Genesis 1, male and female are equally made in God’s image. In short the Biblical view is that men

From the Pastor

After last week’s sermon, a couple of people asked me about James’ view of faith and works. While Paul writes “a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” (Rom 3:28) James writes “a person is considered righteous by what they

From the Pastor 3rd March

I have a friend who needs things done his way. Any challenge is interpreted as a vote of no confidence, and his insecurities can’t cope with that. I have a friend who gets angry when things go wrong. She thinks when everything is in order,

From the Pastor

I have a friend who needs things done his way. Any challenge is interpreted as a vote of no confidence, and his insecurities can’t cope with that. I have a friend who gets angry when things go wrong. She thinks when everything is in order,