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The Power of Gratitude.

Posted: May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 3 May 2015. By John Abbate.   Grateful people are connected with the best in life: the good, the tender and the beautiful. —Dr Francis Macnab Gratitude enriches human life. It elevates, energizes, inspires and transforms. People are moved, opened and humbled through expressions of gratitude….

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Discover the calmness, resiliency and wisdom to live in the eye of the storm.

Posted: May 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Rev Dr Steven Koski, 26 April 2015. By John Abbate.    “Always keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” —Mary Oliver   “…Z is as far as the alphabet goes. Then he almost fell flat on his face on the floor when I picked up the chalk…

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The Psychology and Theology of the Wheelbarrow

Posted: April 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, April 19, 2015. By John Abbate. so much depends upon   a red wheel barrow   glazed with rain water   beside the white chickens.   —Dr William Carlos Williams, “XXII”, from Spring and All (1923) Dr Macnab elaborated five aspects of the wheelbarrow for this…

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Nine M’s to Enrich Your Life

Posted: April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Good Friday address by Dr Francis Macnab, April 3, 2015. By John Abbate. During the previous evening’s intimate service for Maundy Thursday, Dr Macnab spoke of the “enriching quietness” of the Last Supper. He highlighted the way the best in people often emerges during the worst of times, lifting us out of…

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What Happens when a Person Comes Really Alive?

Posted: April 8, 2015 | Category: Easter | 0 Comments

Notes on the Easter Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, April 5, 2015 By John Abbate   The resurrection story is one that “tangles people up in arguments about beliefs and creeds and all the rest.” With a dismissive gesture, Dr Macnab tells us to “leave that.” Consider instead the “Supper at Emmaus”, a masterpiece painted…

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We all look for a life changing event

Posted: April 2, 2015 | Category: Easter | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday Address by Dr Francis Macnab March 29, 2015 John Abbate “Like a dog let off its leash early in the morning, you never know where it [life] is going to head.” Occasionally we experience an event that profoundly affects us, forever altering our perceptions. The iconic New Testament example is the…

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The Strength of Solitude in Life

Posted: March 25, 2015 | Category: Easter | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, March 22, 2015By John Abbate   Introduction: Life Satisfaction According to some researchers, life satisfaction is the “subjective global evaluation” of whether we are content, satisfied or happy with our life. Life satisfaction is thought to increase with age, yet, when we look more closely, a…

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

Posted: March 16, 2015 | Category: Easter | 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 | Category: Easter | 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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