When my eldest son was four, he was interested in superheroes. So, when we saw an old War Cry that featured an image of a Salvation Amy soldier armed with a sword fighting an evil dragon, we used it to explain to him how Salvation Soldier was the best superhero of all. However, my son was quick to point out that the Salvation Soldier image was in black and white and must be very old. “There is … [Read more...]
As Salvation Army soldiers, we’re called to break the bonds of wickedness and the chains of injustice.
July 26, 2012 by Major Danielle Strickland 1 Comment
In our faith journeys, we should run the race with perseverance and encourage others along the way.
March 8, 2012 by Major Danielle Strickland Leave a Comment
I’m not sure what your new year’s resolutions were, but the statistics are not very encouraging. Apparently only 20 percent of people keep their resolutions past March. We don’t seem to know how to finish what we start. Years ago, I started running simply to work off some extra calories. Eventually, I became inspired by the activity of running itself. I ran a marathon in San Diego called … [Read more...]
Our relationship with the developing world is about more than just money.
February 15, 2012 by Major Danielle Strickland 2 Comments
I like that we refer to our relationship with other Salvation Army territories as Partners in Mission. It’s a lovely idea. The problem is that we often don’t act like great partners. Perhaps because the imbalance is so economically visible and we over-emphasize the financial appeals, we tend to make our partnership all about money. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is about money. The western … [Read more...]
When we view others in the image of God, we foster a world in which everyone has value and dignity.
January 6, 2012 by Major Danielle Strickland 1 Comment
Recently I listened to a CBC interview with Marni Kotak, a performance artist who “performed” the live birth of her son in a Brooklyn, N.Y., art gallery. Kotak said that creating life was the highest art form there is. There was no topping the birth of a human being. I think God agrees with her—perhaps not about performance art—but about the glory of human life. Deep within our … [Read more...]
Throughout his ministry, Jesus promoted the dignity and equality of women. He affirmed, honoured and encouraged them in their faith, gave them dignity, equality and value, and talked about them to men as positive examples of faith.
September 7, 2011 by Major Danielle Strickland 1 Comment
Jesus vigorously promoted the dignity and equality of women in the midst of a male-dominated society. This is an amazing thing. Considering most, if not all of the rabbis, plus the Pharisees, the Romans, the laws and the customs, were united in their horrible treatment of women, Jesus really stands out. In every interaction Jesus had with women he showed respect toward them and treated them as … [Read more...]