YES. While the Bible was written thousands of years ago, its message is timeless and intended for all people. As such, we should be open to translations of the Bible that speak to all genders. BY MAJOR CATHIE HARRIS Should we adopt the use of gender-inclusive language in The Salvation Army? Absolutely! When we are speaking or writing we should use language that includes everyone. For … [Read more...]
Should we embrace the use of gender-inclusive language in modern Bible translations?
March 14, 2012 by Major Cathie Harris and Kristin Fryer 8 Comments
Are people inherently good or evil? How can we be free from the bondage of sin?
January 18, 2012 by James Pedlar Leave a Comment
Several times in Augustine’s Confessions we find the following prayer: “Give me the grace to do as you command, and command me to do what you will.” In this prayer, Augustine admits that he needs God’s grace in a radical way—not only to know what God commands, but also to do what God commands. Augustine was saying that he could not obey God without divine assistance. This … [Read more...]
In our eagerness to assert that Jesus is divine, we sometimes lose sight of his humanity
December 19, 2011 by James Pedlar 1 Comment
Our God contracted to a span, Incomprehensibly made man. These lines from a Christmas hymn by Charles Wesley express an important truth: the Incarnation is a mystery beyond human comprehension. While the Councils of Nicaea (AD 325) and Constantinople (AD 381) clearly stated that Jesus was “true God from true God,” they left some questions unanswered about how Jesus could be both human and … [Read more...]
Why does it take Christmas to heighten our sensitivity toward the poor and disadvantaged? How do we move with Jesus to a post-manger experience?
December 15, 2011 by Major Julie Slous 1 Comment
The call came through in the late hours of the evening. The voice on the phone was frantic. “Major Julie,” she said. “All the families in our complex are being evicted. We don’t have anywhere to go and we don’t know what to do.” This is the dilemma faced by more than 100 families this Christmas in the neighbourhood surrounding Winnipeg’s Heritage Park Temple. Final notice is … [Read more...]
How fighting theological errors has kept the Church on track—Part one of six
December 2, 2011 by James Pedlar 2 Comments
Believe it or not, Christians owe a lot to heretics. The word “heresy” comes from a Greek word meaning “choice.” A heretic is someone who chooses to believe something that is in contradiction to official church doctrine. But church doctrine has developed gradually over time, and some of the most important doctrinal developments were made precisely in order to exclude particular heresies. … [Read more...]
Can we be certain that Jesus will return? What will happen when he does? Part two in a two-part series
October 21, 2011 by Donald E. Burke Leave a Comment
Recent predictions of the imminent return of Jesus—especially those of American preacher Harold Camping—have stimulated both the fascination and the ridicule of many as we wait to see whether Jesus returns and the world comes to an end on schedule. The fact that so many previous predictions of the Second Coming have proved false calls into question both the nature and the dependability of … [Read more...]
A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
September 7, 2011 Review by Dion Oxford and Geoff Moulton 13 Comments
The evangelical world is in an uproar about a controversial new book called Love Wins by Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, and featured speaker in the popular NOOMA video series. So what’s the big deal? While most evangelicals believe fervently in Heaven and Hell as real places where souls are punished or rewarded for eternity, Bell challenges readers with a … [Read more...]
Our increasing ignorance about Scripture is hurting the Church’s witness
August 30, 2011 by Donald E. Burke 3 Comments
Have you ever described yourself as a Bible-believing Christian? Part of our ethos as Salvationists is that we see ourselves as a people who take the Bible seriously. After all, our first doctrine focuses on the Bible: “We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and … [Read more...]