Several years ago, when attending a Sunday morning worship service at a Salvation Army corps (church), I heard one of our leaders preach. It was not a typical sermon; in fact it seemed too simple, especially for this seasoned preacher. But his first language was not English so I suppose for this English-speaking congregation, he had to play it safe and not try to be too theological, using words … [Read more...]
At its heart, the Easter story is about life, with its tragedies and triumphs. Despair need never be an option.
March 20, 2013 by General Linda Bond Leave a Comment
The War College challenges youth to focus on faith.
March 19, 2013 by Jonathan Evans 1 Comment
Young people in North America are leaving the church in disturbing numbers. Sadly, the Army is not immune to this trend. Most youth leave between high school and university or when entering the workforce. These life transitions present alternative opportunities and relationships that compete with church attendance or being involved in God’s mission in the world. Consider the consequences for … [Read more...]
Five cadets tell Salvationist about their experiences in field-based training.
March 13, 2013 by Kristin Fryer 1 Comment
In the Canada and Bermuda Territory, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to training officers. In addition to the standard two-year program at the College for Officer Training (CFOT) in Winnipeg, the Army offers Field-Based Tailored Training (FBTT), which embraces the unique situation of different candidates, offering an alternative path to officership for people who meet certain … [Read more...]
As mayor of this Nova Scotia town, retired Salvation Army Major Max Snow is determined to make a difference.
March 12, 2013 by Ken Ramstead 1 Comment
Major Max Snow vividly remembers that night in 1958. Curled up next to his little transistor radio, he was listening fearfully to the aftermath of the infamous “bump”—an underground upheaval—in Springhill, N.S., when a mine accident killed 74 miners. “As a young Salvationist in Newfoundland,” says Major Snow, “I prayed for the families, rejoiced at each rescue and mourned each … [Read more...]
A devastating kidney disease taught Major Keith Pike how to rely on God.
March 5, 2013 by Kristin Fryer 1 Comment
Major Keith Pike entered the college for officer training in St. John’s, N.L., in the fall of 1987, eager to learn and serve God and The Salvation Army through full-time ministry. But his dream of officership almost died just a few months later when Major Pike was diagnosed with kidney disease. He picked up a sore throat in his first semester at the college, which seemed harmless enough. … [Read more...]
A surgeon and Salvation Army bandsman, Dr. Eric Shepherd’s faith provides a firm foundation.
March 4, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
Officially, Dr. Eric Shepherd is retired, but you wouldn’t know it. At 73, Shepherd still spends two days a week in the operating room, assisting with surgery at Victoria Hospital in London, Ont., and he considers it a privilege. “It’s technically interesting, it’s useful and I’m with my friends doing what I love,” he says. Shepherd has been in the medical profession since 1963. … [Read more...]
Commissioner Brian Peddle shares reflections and photos from his visit to Malawi.
February 11, 2013 Leave a Comment
Welcome to Malawi—the warm heart of Africa. The country shares its borders with Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, and lays claim to beautiful Lake Malawi. With a population of 15 million, this diverse country is troubled by low life expectancy and high infant mortality as it battles the prevalence of HIV-AIDS. The country relies heavily on an economy based on agriculture, including sugar cane, … [Read more...]
As one of Canada’s premier broadcasters and columnists, Rex Murphy’s admiration of The Salvation Army runs deep.
February 4, 2013 Leave a Comment
Social commentator and editorial journalist Rex Murphy has been one of Canada’s most influential and respected opinion leaders for decades. Born in Carbonear, N.L., Murphy graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1968 and then went to the United Kingdom to pursue his studies as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. Returning to Newfoundland and Labrador, he soon established a reputation as … [Read more...]
God helped Captain Lisa MacPherson find balance in her mind, body and spirit.
January 23, 2013 by Captain Lisa MacPherson 1 Comment
Last year I made choices in my life that were transformational. Physically, I look different (I’ve lost 65 pounds!), but the major changes occurred in my heart and the way I think. The impact has been so positive that I believe God has called me to start a new program at our church called Healthy Transformations (see sidebar). My husband, David, and I are the corps officers of New Westminster … [Read more...]