Category Archives: Extended Study Leave

Holy Communion in a Venn Diagram

My sabbatical studies this summer focused on the theology and liturgy of the Communion Service in the Book of Common Prayer. One of the books which I found most helpful was Michael Horton’s A Better Way – rediscovering the drama of God-centred … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 82: Reflection time and a sabbatical in numbers

In a scene of one of my favourite films, Gregory’s Girl, Clare Grogan (Susan) asks John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory) why boys are obsessed with numbers. He denies the charge until she shows him what he’s like and then he replies … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 81: Project complete

I have finished (woop-woop) the three parts of my study guide, “Why should I go to church?” My aim is is to give people an understanding of God’s part and our part in the service of holy communion. The guide sets out the way … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 80: Jet lag in Darkest England

The Robbies got back a week ago from Singapore. My jet lag has just ended so I have the energy to blog. It was far more exhausting coming this way round the world, back to darkest England. Since returning, we’ve … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 72: Christ Church Singapore and leaving SE Asia

There are times in the Christian life when various things fall in place and the Lord’s love and will is revealed in unexpected ways. The past week has been one of those times. Through two books, a whole Sunday at … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 66: Feet up

This is the first day the Robbies have put our collective feet up since leaving the UK. We have either been travelling, sight seeing, eating with people or visiting church projects. It’s been a brilliant, busy and totally distracting trip but now … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 60: Delayed publication

I wrote this post offline on day 60, but we have either not had the time or reliable wi-fi since then (even now I can’t upload pictures!) We’re taking an afternoon rest in Taman Negara after a sweaty jungle trek … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 48: 14 years but just like yesterday

We spent the day with two lots of dear friends in Singapore today. The photos below tell the stories. I spent a bit of time in the library this morning and at tea time reading the ACNA catechism and writing … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 47: The Church of the Good Shepherd, Queenstown, Singapore

The Robbie family all made it to church together this afternoon, for the 4pm English Language service at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Queenstown, Singapore. We made the mistake of trusting Google Maps to guide us there by foot … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 46: Batam, Indonesia

We took a 45 minute ferry ride with Rev Dr Timothy Chong from Singapore to Batam, a neighbouring Indonesian island.  Timothy is Dean of Indonesia and he is creating many inspiring projects to serve the people of Batam and other … Continue reading

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