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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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We All Want To Be Remembered. How Will People Remember You?

Posted: July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 3 July 2016. By John Abbate. Memory gives us identity, personhood, a meaning to our existence and to the lives of others. Memory gives a context to every action. Memory opens doors. Remember me, said Jesus. The sacrament of communion sits on several rememberings, said Dr…

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Dr Macnab in Conversation with Bishop Ian George

Posted: June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the conversation between Dr Francis Macnab and Bishop Ian George, 19 June 2016. By John Abbate. The conversation took the form of an interview, with discussion flowing freely from questions placed before Dr Macnab by former Archbishop of Adelaide, Ian George. The two men filled the church with their abundant mutual respect, intelligence…

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Six Key Words Point To Being A Better Human

Posted: June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 13 June 2016. By John Abbate.     Ay, in this thought I pledge my faith unswerving, Here wisdom speaks its final word and true, None is of freedom or of life deserving Unless he daily conquers it anew. —Goethe,  Faust, Part Two   And he…

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Know Your Protective Places In Your Times of Vulnerability

Posted: June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 5 June 2016. By John Abbate. For centuries, people have prayed for protection—for themselves, for their loved ones, for their soldiers, for their community. “In a world of unpredictable hazards, it is a highly caring and rational thing to do […] that we express our caring…

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