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St Michael’s Church Melbourne (E-Book)
Formerly the Collins Street Independent Church
The Collins Street Independent Church originated in a creative partnership between a fine architect and a far sighted minister, who was prepared to adopt an extraordinary acoustic design to maximise the power of his preaching and so revive his congregation.
Over the past 150 years the Independents of Collins Street struggled to maintain their vital, distinctive community life focused on their splendid Church and led by a succession of inspirational ministers.
The success of the Church has been promoted rather than compromised by its membership of the Uniting Church in Australia. Over the last twenty years of Francis Macnab’s ministry it has gone from strength to strength and now boasts the largest Uniting Church congregation in Australia. Its connections with the Cairnmillar Institute have brough it into close touch with the social problems of today while it looks forward to the twenty-first century with confidence.
Meanwhile to the citizens of Melbourne the building remains a much loved feature of its skyline. Architects, historians and conservationists as well as many of Melbourne’s residents and commuters will appreciate this fascinating history of the church now known as St Michael’s Church.
This Hungry Time
A persistent searching for something
Religion and faith are deeply embedded in the human psyche and human society. But we are often embroiled in confl ict over the words we will use to describe our religion and faith.
While arguments go on, this book focuses on some of the great themes of life and faith – with fresh words and colourful images. Faith is an energy – of life and the revitalization of life, of hope and enhancement. We need such Faith to live.
Francis Macnab invites the reader to explore his words and images, his poems and prayers, his hymns and songs. They are one possible way of satisfying the hunger for Faith – a New Faith for the 21st century and for everyday life.
Every human spirit hungers – for “something”: for solace and strength, for imagination and inspiration, for wisdom and contentment, for expansiveness and exhilaration.
Francis Macnab, in his professional and personal life, is part of this searching every day. This book will point many people to rich resources that will satisfy some of their persisting hunger.
Don’t Call Me Grumpy
What Older Men Really Want
Every man over 50 knows things are different from when he is 30! Every woman knows how their men get disgruntled, disillusioned, and even destructive. What does the Psychology of the Older Men have to say about the older man’s nostalgia, sexuality, anxieties, and his flat emotions?
There IS no psychology of older men.
This book encourages all men – regardless of age – to think about a positive psychology for older men. For a happier and more fulfilling life to both men and women, this book is an important ‘read’.
WORK – Survive its Stress, Enjoy its Success
How are we to understand work in an era of wide-scale change?
Our physical and psychological health depends on how we work, love and play, but for many, work (or the lack of it) is the over-riding concern of the adult years. In this money-intensive society, attitudes to work are often governed by necessity, duty and anxiety. In addition, we live in an era of increased unemployment which brings a psychological and economic burden to many.
Dr Francis Macnab explores the role paid and unpaid work plays in our lives and offers strategies for the development of healthy attitudes to work.
He argues that work, defined in the broadest sense, can be a transformative experience, and that we can be taught essential skills to survive and respond to work with vitality. The task facing all of us is to make sense of the role we want work to play in the context of our own lives.
A Fine Wind is Blowing – Psalms of the bible in words that will blow you away
If you want to be successful in this world – you must get rid of your enemies. Leave their children orphans. Make sure the god of the heavens is on the side of the strong. Keep saying – God bless us! May the losers be forgotten forever! These sentiments come from the Bible.
True today as it was in ancient – less ‘enlightened’ – times. In some ways we are different. Today not many people really believe in a god ‘up there’.
Fewer still read the bible, and those who do, know it can mean what anyone wants it to mean. But everybody knows the power of violence and the finality of death. Everybody can see the harvests of hate.
We can do with a breath of fresh air. This book searches for the best in the human being. It finds words to tell of the exquisite exuberance of life that is ours for such a short time. God is not ‘up there’ but we get glimpses of God in Life and Hope. Hope and Life.
And we become more alive to the exuberance of Life and Hope and what God means as we realise – yes – ‘a fine wind is blowing the new direction of time’.
Are we victims of poor past experiences and other people’s expectations, or do we have a say in what we do and how we feel? There is a close link between what we tell ourselves and how we feel and behave. This ‘self-talk’ can be changed. It is often the product of a mixture of irrational thinking, uncouncious dependency, diffuse commitment to values we do not really understand and a tangled network of human relationships. By changing and improving our ‘self-talk’ we improve immensely our own lives and our relationships. Here is an entirely different approach to changing our attitudes and beavhiour, and it is readily available to everyone.
In Change Dr Macnab uses a challenging case study approach to demonstrate how each one of us can change our feelings, thinking and behaviour by recognising our distorted way of seeing things and be mastering the art of altering the messages that we give ourselves.
The 30 Vital Years
What every person over 50 wants to know What every person under 50 needs to know
Most people want to enjoy life until the day they die. They need to begin early to do everything possible to reach this goal. That will mean embracing the prospect of growing older, and bursting the stereotypes that begin to gather around people as soon as they reach middle age.
The 30 Vital Years is an optimistic forward-looking book with a most important and impressive theme – that wherever you are on the life-span, the next 30 years will be the vital years. This book informs, encourages, provokes and astonishes. Above all, it is helpful and life-enhancing. It contains stories that will summon every reader to write their story; and so add to the gathering volumes that inspire people to live fully, intelligently and colourfully.
Theology of Beauty
This book is a compilation of essays from various entries of the “Theology of Beauty Competition” including the winning essay from Leslie Chamberlain. Forward written by Dr John Abbate.