Category Archives: From the vicarage

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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Sabbatical Day 45: TTC and Singapore

Trinity Theological College in Singapore is our home for nine days. We have a comfortable two room apartment in the student accommodation. I made use of the spacious college library this morning to continue my sabbatical studies. When I heard … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 39: Sydney and the Blue Mountains

We are half way through nine days in Sydney and it has exceeded most of our high expectations.  The Blue Mountains have been my personal highlight.  Stunning natural beauty which makes me wonder at the genius of the creator God. … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 30: Urban Harvest, rough sleepers and street evangelism

Last day of theological study today and, as I felt I was almost done, I stopped for longer with the homeless and rough sleepers on Corporation Street and the Cathedral Square. Over three weeks I’ve been stopping to chat and … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 29: I’ve almost finished Part 1

The Edwardian Tea Rooms at the Birmingham Art Galley provide a relaxing way to start the last of 5 weeks with my head in theological books.  The tea rooms are in a double-storey room about the size of a tennis … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Day 28: Grace Community Church Tipton

It’s the week before the youth from Holy Trinity West Bromwich, St Luke’s Wolverhampton and Grace Community Church head off to Pathfinder Camp.  Tim Ambrose (senior pastor at Grace) and I served on camp together for the past 10 summers … Continue reading

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