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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

Following trends in society is big business. Most of us will have noticed the summer marketing strategy of Coca-Cola over the past two summers – personalised cans. Cans have names on them like Tom and Sarah. And the Tom’s and Sarah’s loved to take a

From the Pastor

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Col 3:12) I read this passage again the other morning and I was struck by the simplicity of it. We tend to make our faith really complicated, or

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If you’ve been following the global news of late you’d be justified in thinking the world seems like a pretty troubled place at the moment. Actually I am not sure if that ever changes very much. However, in spite of whatever is going on in

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I don’t think I have ever heard a sermon on ‘Rest’. I’ve heard lots on ‘Service and sacrifice’ but not a lot on ‘Rest’. I’m not even sure I have a proper understanding of ‘Rest’. Mostly I’ve taken it to be time off work. Time

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Isaiah 46:3-4 3 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,     all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth,     and have carried since you were born. 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs     I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I

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Boris Johnson’s rise (as Mayor) and fall (12 months ago), and recent rise and fall has been astounding. What are we to make of this? A few random thoughts. It’s easy to be frustrated with the current state of events. Brexit under Theresa May was

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The trade war between China and the US looms large. Two weeks ago economists got excited about an ‘inverted yield curve’. [If you lend money to the government as a bond, they will pay 1.5% interest for 1 year, and 1% for three years.] In

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I presided at George Briscoe’s funeral last week. We sang the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’. The first verse ends with “Let the water and the blood, from Thy riven side which flowed; Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and pow'r.” I

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Like all fields of knowledge, psychology is bursting with new findings on several frontiers. One of those is neuroscience (understanding how the brain and its chemistry works). One recent finding has to do with emotions. Emotions are a cluster of chemical reactions taking place in