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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.

Something better at reducing poverty than Modern Money Theory (MMT)

Modern Money Theory (MMT) has captivated the imagination of many economists and political thinkers.  MMT is the idea that a government which has its own fiat money can never run out of money because it can always create more.  MMT … Continue reading

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Woodworking – Pine Cross in Oak

I’ve been reliving my teenage years when I used to love working with wood.

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CDM: moral injury caused by the absence of God’s love.

The human cost of the Clergy Discipline Measure is enormous.  37% of respondents to the Sheldon Hub survey experienced thoughts of suicide.  62% suffer depression.  Many clergy have left ministry and others, like me, survive but experience ongoing institutional betrayal … Continue reading

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GS 2219 – failure to prevent the weaponising of CDM

Overall comment The proposals in GS 2219 make several improvements to the existing scheme for clergy discipline but fall short of what is needed to protect clergy from the destructive weaponizing of the measure. The CDM process has been shown … Continue reading

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Working out your salvation with fear and trembling is not a private matter.

In Philippians 2:12 Paul writes, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” As we read the English translation, which confuses “you” singular and “you” plural, in our individualistic culture, we can turn this instruction into a private … Continue reading

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Does God expect a victim of abuse to forgive their abuser?

I’ve just watched Mez McConnell talk with Andy Constable, Graham Thompson, and Ian Williamson about the difficult topic of abuse and forgiveness. I want to share it on my blog for some important reasons. If you have suffered abuse of … Continue reading

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Being blessed through fear

Know what you fear by the choices you make. We know from experience that fear drives our choices and behaviour. Phobias make this plain to see. A fear of spiders makes some people scream and run away. A fear of … Continue reading

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Jehovah Tsidkenu – 20schemes music

There are not many men who die before their 30th birthday yet go on to influence people for generations. Robert Murray M’Chenyne was born in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1813. Gifted by God as a man of words, his essays and … Continue reading

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It’s okay NOT to be okay. Rico Villaneuva.

It’s okay not to be okay Rico Villaneuva It’s Sunday morning. You have just experienced a horrific natural disaster, or the death of a loved one, institutionalised corruption or personal failure. The opening words of the church gathering are a … Continue reading

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The Good Immigrant and my love/hate relationship with it (Pt 2)

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla. In part 1, I wrote about my empathy with The Good Immigrant. I get that is hard, being different, not being understood and assumed to be from afar. Now my frustrations with what the … Continue reading

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