The new masthead photo for Transforming Grace. A birds eye view of Holy Trinity West Bromwich.

My new header photo was inspired by the headers over at The Vicar’s Wife and at The Urban Pastor whose photos are of the place in which they serve the Lord, West Bromwich and Balham respectively. I like being reminded of the place where I am a missional pastor and that my blog is really a way to serve the people of the parish of Holy Trinity West Bromwich.

Some local friends have said that Transforming Grace is “quite theological” so how does is serve people locally? It serves some local people directly as readers but most locals are served indirectly. The blog works for me as a tool to sharpen up theologically, even if the pencil is a bit blunt at times. Writing helps me stay a bit sharper theologically than I would be without the discipline.

So, what about the photo? I took it from the top of the hill at Dudley Zoo. What is it of? Well, the big, flat black building, right of centre, with two white ends is the last building in the parish, the home of the Baggies, the Hawthorns.  If you scan your eye left, past the sky-blue building and the dark blue high-rise offices, you can see the tower of Holy Trinity Church. The photo reminds me of who I am really writing for.


I’ve changed the masthead photo a few times. If you want to see my earlier photos, you can see them on the changing face of transforming grace.

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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