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If You Want To See Compassion, Study The Human Face

Posted: October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the St Michael’s Day address by Dr Francis Macnab, 25 September 2016. By John Abbate. Each year on St Michael’s Day, the church honours compassionate individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the community. The theme of this year’s celebrations was “compassion”, and Dr Macnab used his address to shed some light on that…

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There Are Ways To Heal The Mind. Can We Also Heal The Heart?

Posted: September 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 18 September, 2016. By John Abbate. Our heart carries this load of discontent, and the mind conceals the extent of our emotional pain. –Dr Francis Macnab Cardiologists, surgeons and physicians tell us that some hearts can recover from disease and damage. “Good news,” says Dr Macnab,…

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Healing The Mind: Part Two

Posted: September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 11 September 2016. By John Abbate. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. —Romans 12:2 (ESV) The mind is the source of our thinking, and of all the ideas and emotions, the “bits and pieces”, that confuse…

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How We Heal The Mind: Part One

Posted: September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 4 September 2016. By John Abbate. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. —Ernest Hemingway The human mind is responsible for the wonders of consciousness, meaning, thought and creation. Yet the mind is unparalleled in its complexity; even as it…

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Adapting. Reshaping. Discovering Who We Are.

Posted: August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 14 August 2016. By John Abbate. The task of adapting to the realities of life can produce great anxiety, great resentment. “What have I done to deserve this?” Dr Machab: “Life does not come with a guarantee that it will makes sense. Meaning is not built…

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Happier Solutions To Our Troublesome Conflicts

Posted: August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 7 August 2016. By John Abbate. In this address, Dr Macnab examines the topic of human conflict, and the difficulty we have in managing our everyday frustrations. He begins by outlining several common sources of frustration. Frustrations Interpersonal frustration – people behaving badly Institutional frustration –…

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It’s Your Brain! Be Friendly To It!

Posted: August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 31 July 2016. By John Abbate. Be more friendly with your own brain, and the rewards will be enormous. —Dr Francis Macnab The human brain is an uncommonl topic for a sermon. Yet, as Dr Macnab points out, the brain is the organ tasked with “interpreting…

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When is the Truth the Truth?

Posted: August 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 21 July 2015. By John Abbate. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. —John 8:32 (KJV) Truth is difficult, complicated. Truth gets lost. People demand truth, yet very often refuse to face it. Many people have died in wars over…

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We happy few. We band of brothers and sisters too! Your time to do something.

Posted: July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 10 July 2016. By John Abbate. In this address, Dr Macnab places before us three iconic images of the “band of brothers.” The first image is taken from the New Testament. Jesus is gathered with the apostles, save Judas, who shortly appears, greeting Jesus with a…

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