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Fathers – Emotional Authority. Ambivalent Kindness. Preferred Evasion.

Posted: July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

NOTES on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 5 July 2015. By John Abbate.  “I see the churches vastly confused in their understanding of the role of the father.”  —Dr Francis Macnab “I cry aloud to all fathers: ‘Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger.’” —Fyodor Dostoevsky At the heart of our culture…

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Our need to be successful. You can redefine what success means for you.

Posted: July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 28 June 2015. By John Abbate. “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough…” —Deuteronomy, 2:3 (KJV) Nobody wants to be a failure. We all want to be successful. But what is the meaning of success? There are many different kinds and measures of success: the accumulation…

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God Is Not In A Hurry

Posted: June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 21 June 2015. By John Abbate. “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, moves on.” —Omar Khayyam According to the Bible, God is in no hurry. God is in it forever. God is eternity. As mortal beings, we live our lives between a beginning and an…

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Looking For Your Ordinary Magic

Posted: June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 14 June 2015. By John Abbate. Life is a gift full of ordinary magic. For Dr Macnab, there is ordinary magic in the “exquisitely elevating” music of Mahler, or in the recovery of damaged children who go on to live creative lives. “Resilience comes on the…

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Connecting Psychology and Theology

Posted: June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 7 June 2015. By John Abbate. Many accomplished people who come to Dr Macnab in his capacity as a psychotherapist speak of the irrelevance of religion in their lives—their lack of any connection to it, or their total rejection of it. They wonder why Dr Macnab…

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When Minds Are In Tumult

Posted: June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 31 May 2015. By John Abbate. In the play Hamlet, Shakespeare famously wrote of “suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”. Dr Macnab instead offers us an image of the mind as a dartboard. Darts come flying in, causing pain and rupture. The mind is…

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Lost Your Energy?

Posted: May 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 24 May 2015. By John Abbate. The New Testament Book of John contains a story known as the Second Miraculous Catch of Fish. One morning, the resurrected Jesus appears on a beach and calls out to a fishing boat, asking if any fish have been caught….

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Between a Rock and a Quiet Place

Posted: May 20, 2015 | Category: Mingary | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 17 May 2015. By John Abbate. …upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. —Matthew 16:18 (KJV) In this address, Dr Macnab recounted the story of the creation of Mingary, the Quiet Place. Mingary is built…

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Is Religion A Waste Of Time?

Posted: May 13, 2015 | Category: Mingary | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 10 May 2015. By John Abbate. What is the value of religion? Is it all just a pointless waste of time? In our modern world rocked by daily violence, rising depression and anxiety, does church worship have anything to offer? Can religion function to salve our…

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