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The tyranny of fear. A new theology – will it help us cope with fear?

Posted: March 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, March 8, 2015. By John Abbate.   Fear affects everyone. Some people successfully manage their fear, while others feel helpless before it. At its worst, fears and phobias can come to dominate a life, infecting every corner of a person’s being, distorting their thinking, ruining their…

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A THEOLOGY OF ANGER.

Posted: March 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, February 22, 2015 By John Abbate The churches have traditionally taught little of the intelligent management of anger. Biblical stories of an alternately petulant then forgiving God, relayed over generations, have not served us well. The vast, destructive cost of anger continues to plague our societies….

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DO YOU HAVE A HEALTHY PERSONALITY? 

Posted: March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, March 1, 2015 by John Abbate Following on from recent addresses that introduced some useful new theologies (of anger, of exuberance), Dr Macnab last Sunday sketched the outlines of a theology of the human personality. In psychology education, there is some movement to develop a curriculum…

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IF ONLY WE COULD ALL HAVE IT – EXUBERANCE!

Posted: March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the address by Dr Francis Mancab – Sunday February 15, 2015 By John Abbate What is exuberance? We see it in abundant floral growth and colourful decorations; we find it in our own expansive feelings, in acts of altruism and the celebration of joyful moments. In another kind of language, exuberance is “being…

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A NEW THEOLOGY. A NEW THERAPY. A NEW FAITH. A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.

Posted: March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, February 8, 2015 – Opening of Programs By John Abbate “Every person seeks a healthy life context…that transcends the immediate and places them within the context of the ultimate.” —Francis Macnab In this address Dr Macnab affirms the need for a new theology and a new…

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Searching for tenderness. Uncovering tyranny.

Posted: January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, September 21, 2014 Dr John Abbate “No personal God need be worshipped for us to live in awe at the beauty and immensity of creation. No tribal fictions need be rehearsed for us to realize, one fine day, that we do, in fact, love our neighbours,…

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One Word. A Therapeutic Miracle. A Universal Need.

Posted: January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, January 18, 2015 by John Abbate I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. —Joyce Kilmer  “Why are there no hymns about trees?” asked Dr Macnab. A jacaranda tree transforms, seemingly overnight, from a tangle of lifeless grey branches to a…

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Five Things To Deepen Your Everyday Experience

Posted: January 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, December 28, 2014 John Abbate We are greater than our despair. The negative aspects of humanity Are not the most real and authentic; The most authentic thing about us Is our capacity to create, to overcome, To endure, to transform, to love, And to be greater…

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We Look For Decisive Factors To Live A Long Life

Posted: January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, January 4, 2015. By John Abbate Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. —William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2 What is the probability that you will be alive and well and reading this blog one year from now? It’s impossible to…

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