Antagonism is the law of life! Nowhere is this struggle more of a reality than in our relationship with our triune Holy God. It is not called the fight of faith for nothing. The minute we are “born of the spirit,” the battle is joined. Flesh and spirit begin that fight to the death and the final outcome has far-reaching implications. So much that Paul says if by the Spirit, you kill your … [Read more...]
It’s not called the fight of faith for no reason.
May 21, 2013 by Major Bill Kean Leave a Comment
The Word of God doesn’t belong in the classroom.
May 14, 2013 by Major Juan Burry 2 Comments
In the March issue of Salvationist, I wrote about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that occurred last December. The article made a case that the massacre was not retribution from a deity who felt neglected and ignored. But the feedback I received on the article raised another issue. Should the Bible be taught in the public school system? Is this something that … [Read more...]
Can the Army be all things to all people? Should it even try?
May 7, 2013 by Major Mike Hoeft and Captain Mark Stanley Leave a Comment
Yes, we should help everyone we can and remain flexible to meet needs as they arise. BY MAJOR MIKE HOEFT Every day, people walk through the doors of their local Salvation Army looking for help. From small towns to big cities the same story plays out—someone has a need and The Salvation Army figures out how to meet that need. We purchase bus tickets, arrange for accommodation, buy gas, … [Read more...]
The Resurrection brings good news that is meant to be shared
May 6, 2013 by Major Bill Kean Leave a Comment
Imagine the buzz if a well-known celebrity appeared on the news and announced that death had been conquered! Yet this is exactly what gave the church its birth and appealing power. There is absolutely no death for the Christian. “We may search our New Testaments in vain for any of the gloomy graveyard images, the shadows, the darkness, the pains, the bitterness of death which still appears in … [Read more...]
Digging at the root of Jesus’ stories.
April 30, 2013 by Major Fred Ash Leave a Comment
A homeowner went out to promote his yard sale. As he was putting up posters, some fell to the ground and were washed down the gutter. Some were in windy places and were soon blown away. Some posters were hung along busy sidewalks and were soon covered by other posters and left unseen. Still other posters were placed in good neighbourhoods where they sparked interest and produced customers—some … [Read more...]
A fresh start is possible when you have faith.
April 24, 2013 by Commissioner Brian Peddle 3 Comments
My grandson, Aleksandr, is fascinated by a line of toys known as Transformers. Advice from a five-year-old? When in doubt as to what to buy for a surprise, buy a Transformer. It is an amazing and creative exercise to transform these toys from action figures into cars, trucks and planes. As Aleksandr grows, the Transformers become more complicated and the level of difficulty to construct them … [Read more...]
The importance of being set apart for God.
April 22, 2013 by Major Bill Kean 1 Comment
She’s beautiful, full of life and the power! She’s the spirit of purity and she’s the first rank in our war of faith, writes General William Booth. If she falls, all is lost! She’s always in the thick of the battle, constantly engaged. Around her the fighting rages furiously. The arch enemy knows she’s the queen, thus all the legions of hell seek to dethrone her in every Christian’s … [Read more...]
Are we doing enough to embrace diversity in our congregations?
April 17, 2013 by Cadet Leonard Heng and Captain Rick Zelinsky 1 Comment
Yes, my family is a testimony of how the Army welcomes people of all cultures. BY CADET LEONARD HENG I came to Canada with my family from Singapore in 2006 because I was attracted to the Canadian educational system and wanted to provide more options for my family. There were many challenges with emigrating to a foreign country: coping with weather conditions, housing, transportation, language, … [Read more...]
In her April 2013 installment of Sharing the Vision, General Linda Bond encourages us to return to the eternal truths experienced during Passion Week and Easter Sunday.
April 11, 2013 by General Linda Bond Leave a Comment
Dear friends: There is something about Passion Week and Easter Sunday that engages us in a significant way. We have all perhaps participated in special services over this past weekend that sharpen our focus on the Cross and empty tomb. We probably seek each year to look at these events in Scripture with fresh eyes. When Isaac Watts encouraged us to "See, from his head, his hands, his feet, … [Read more...]
Lance Armstrong’s confession reminds us to empathize with the broken—no matter how far they’ve fallen.
April 10, 2013 by Major Juan Burry Leave a Comment
“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” —Dietrich Bonhoeffer Once upon a time, there was a man whom the world revered. He was athletic and exciting. He not only battled cancer, but conquered it and became a seven-time champion in his sport. He also launched a charity that raised nearly half a billion … [Read more...]