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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.

Woodcarving #2.

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Living in Love and Faith; Imago Dei Woodcarving

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The day King Saul tried to play God. Lessons for Boris Johnson.

Does it matter if Boris Johnson, MPs and staff had drinks parties after passing a law prohibiting social gatherings? Whatever we think about the effectiveness of the law itself, Boris breached a principle which was agreed in this land over … Continue reading

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Towards Spiritual Maturity – William Still – the roots of biblical counselling from the 1960s

Overcoming evil in the Christian Life. Working with Christ through spiritual battles, depression, self doubt and anxiety. Mr Still unpacks the victory of Christ over sin and evil before exploring the reality of sin and evil in the life of … Continue reading

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William Still – The Work of the Pastor – Some Quotes

Some quotes from my Christmas Eve reading, ‘The Work of the Pastor’ by Revd William Still (1964)… “To be pastors you must be ‘fed men’, not only in knowledge, but in wisdom, grace, humility, courage, fear of God, and fearlessness … Continue reading

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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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