About the blogger
My name is Neil Robbie, I serve as a Christian minister in the town of West Bromwich, England. I was drawn to Christ in my mid-twenties under the ministry of William Still in Aberdeen, Scotland. Up to that point I held a strong secular-atheist view of life and the world. I was troubled, however, by the thought of my own mortality and the ultimate death of the sun which renders life on earth futile. At that time I concluded that life was about achieving my potential and having fun but I found this purpose really unsatisfying.
18 months after coming to faith in Christ I married Amanda. We lived in Cambridge, where we attended the Round church at St Andrew the Great (StAG). In 1997 we moved to Kuala Lumpur and then Singapore where I worked as a structural engineer for almost six years. In 2002, after 12 years in industry, I left my job to train for what I do now at Oak Hill College, London. The church where I am vicar, Holy Trinity, is in a multi-cultural parish where many people in the area are South Asian. Prior to starting here in March 2009 I was curate at St Luke’s, Wolverhampton.
About the blog
When I first turned to Christ I experienced God’s adoration for me because of Christ’s death on the cross for my sin. This focus on Christ crucified shifted during my time in the Far East and became mixed with a focus on what I did, said and thought. I knew that these things were unacceptable to God and so I felt constantly unacceptable to him. It was only during 2006 and 2007 that my grasp of acceptance by grace through faith in Christ on the cross, especially what it means to be counted as righteous, began to be renewed and with it came a transformation of my Christian life and view of ministry. Transforming grace is a blog about the difference the cross of Christ makes personally, to church and to inner city ministry.