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...]
The Word of God doesn’t belong in the classroom.
May 14, 2013 by Major Juan Burry 2 Comments
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
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...]
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...]
Reading the Bible from cover to cover, year to year, creates a foundation for life and ministry
January 4, 2011 by Major Beverly Ivany Leave a Comment
Everything was going smoothly as the divisional commander spoke to me about my ministry. It was December 1983, and I was in my second appointment as a Salvation Army officer. But when he asked me about my devotional life, I tried to avoid the question by giving excuses, the main one being that I had three small children under six years of age and another on the way. He said he understood, and was … [Read more...]
Do Christians need to study?
April 21, 2010 by Major Kevin Metcalf Leave a Comment
You better pay attention, Build your comprehension, There’s gonna be a quiz at your ascension. Stephen Schwartz, Godspell Paul warns in 2 Timothy 2:14-18 that reading the Bible while neglecting the due diligence of proper study leads to the “quarreling about words” and “godless chatter” that can destroy Bible study groups and congregations. Instead, we are to make every effort to … [Read more...]