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.

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I never cease to be amazed at the insight of Scripture into the human nature. Take Israel fleeing slavery in Egypt. They cross a line in the sand (the Red Sea), and they celebrate their newfound freedom in song and dance. They sing: “God is...

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The conviction of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, Mexico's most notorious drug lord made headlines this week. Details of his violence, his ruthlessness, and exploits of young females makes ones stomach turn. Alongside the likes of Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, such people populate our category...

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The banking royal commission has found that, left to their own devices, people who handle wealth risk becoming greedy. The whole thing is a bad look for the banks and the Liberals, who opposed the commission 26 times. Why? Part of the reason has to do...

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The last of my reflections on fairy tales, though this time it’s a nursery rhyme – humpty dumpty. What I like about this one, is that in most fairy tales the danger or the problem is out there. It is the wolf, the troll, or...

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As we reflect today on how to parent well some of us may feel guilt or regret about how we parented in the past. Have our past mistakes caused our (mature) children’s current struggles? Let’s use a biblical narrative to reflect on that: Jacob, the father...

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I went to watch ‘Aquaman’ at the movies. Aquaman is such a Jesus figure. He has the long hair, he is born into royalty but lives a common life, he has two natures (not God/man, but Neptune/man), and therefore is uniquely placed to bring two...

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Most of us are hardwired to be agreeable. Opposition creates personal and relational anxiety. Furthermore, there is an inner reassurance and peace about being aligned with others who think like we think. (I suspect my family missed this gene!) But this pattern has a downside: Groupthink,...

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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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