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...]
A fresh start is possible when you have faith.
April 24, 2013 by Commissioner Brian Peddle 3 Comments
A surprise encounter with a painting reminded me to look beyond the manger to the grace of Easter.
March 27, 2013 by Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
The cross is a wide-open door. It allows me to enter God’s spiritual realm where anything is possible. This is a place where mercy, love and forgiveness translate into gifts for the undeserving. A place where my mess is exposed to the creator, God, who views me as his treasured possession, and where the darkest cloud of life’s circumstances gives way to the prospect of a silver lining. It’s … [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...]
It’s hard to imagine a world where the Army didn’t bring cheer and comfort during the holiday season
December 24, 2012 by Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
A few weeks ago, I attended the Christmas With The Salvation Army event at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. It was an evening of glitz and glamour Army style with incredible music, drama and atmosphere. The intent was to create a setting in which we celebrate and pay tribute to our donors and volunteers who help make Christmas possible for individuals and families in more than 400 communities across … [Read more...]
When we seek renewal, we tune our hearts to the heart of God
November 26, 2012 by John McAlister Leave a Comment
"When we get excited about what God is doing in our own hearts and see him moving in our ministries, then it becomes a natural attraction to other people,” says Major Toni Cartmell, corps officer at Kelowna Community Church, B.C. “People want to be part of something that has power and excitement and that is impacting lives.” It comes down to spiritual renewal, both in our individual lives … [Read more...]
We need to develop a culture of growth in Army leadership, says the territorial commander.
November 16, 2012 Interview with Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander, speaks with John McAlister, web editor, about the importance of officers, the challenges of recruitment and retention and why he remains hopeful for the future. Why do we still need Salvation Army officers? The Salvation Army is first and foremost a spiritual movement. We need ordained individuals who are available to be appointed to … [Read more...]
As we move forward in mission, we need to view ourselves and the world around us as God does.
September 21, 2012 by Commissioner Brian Peddle 1 Comment
After reading too many e-mails on a small flickering screen, I sensed a change in my vision and realized that I was due for an eye exam. Visiting an optometrist is not a painful experience, but I dread the rapid switching of the lenses and the continued questioning of, Is that better or is this better? I want to get it right because the end result determines whether I will have clear vision for … [Read more...]
Here are the territorial priorities for carrying out the General’s vision of One Army, One Mission, One Message.
August 23, 2012 by Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
It is my hope by now that Salvationists will sense my personal conviction and passion for the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. I believe that working together with obedient faith and engagement in God’s mission in the world will lead to the extension of his Kingdom. God’s hand of blessing is upon us and therefore, with confidence, we lead, serve and proclaim … [Read more...]
As we enjoy the summer, let’s remain open to new opportunities to share our faith with others.
July 13, 2012 by Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
By the time you read this, summer will have arrived, marked by warm temperatures, the enjoyment of the great outdoors, school break and maybe even a long-anticipated vacation. I appreciate this time of the year as it offers the opportunity to enjoy longer days, barbecue gatherings and the occasional picnic in the park with family and friends. I hope this summer is absolutely memorable for … [Read more...]
Through the Partners in Mission campaign, we can improve the lives of people around the world.
May 14, 2012 by Commissioner Brian Peddle Leave a Comment
“Welcome to the warm heart of Africa.” These were words I heard over and over again when I visited Salvation Army projects throughout the Malawi Territory. At first I thought that this descriptive phrase simply captured the inspiring landscape and hot temperatures. But the truth of this greeting is found in the Malawian people. For many Salvationists, the Partners in Mission campaign is … [Read more...]