A homeowner went out to promote his yard sale. As he was putting up posters, some fell to the ground and were washed down the gutter. Some were in windy places and were soon blown away. Some posters were hung along busy sidewalks and were soon covered by other posters and left unseen. Still other posters were placed in good neighbourhoods where they sparked interest and produced customers—some … [Read more...]
Digging at the root of Jesus’ stories.
April 30, 2013 by Major Fred Ash Leave a Comment
Why there’s good news for gospel failures.
April 2, 2013 by Lt-Colonel David Hammond 1 Comment
After Jesus’ death and before his Ascension, Scripture records no less than 12 appearances of a risen God. During those last 40 days on earth, Jesus spent time with the disciples to prepare them “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NASB). Spiritual Poverty In the Gospel of John, the risen Jesus met six of his disciples who had been out fishing all night on the Sea of … [Read more...]
Instead of aiming for that big splash, let’s make waves to move people towards Christ.
February 26, 2013 by Major Julie Slous 3 Comments
Leonard Sweet in Summoned to Lead highlights how some people make big splashes or one shot affairs; you may briefly notice their efforts or the moment may pass you by. Other people, however, make waves. Sweet goes on to say that “wave makers” are the people who you want to pay attention to. The most important thing a person can do for the cause of Christ is to be a wave maker. The … [Read more...]
A personal challenge to embrace the Army’s “One Message.”
January 23, 2013 by Jason Waters Leave a Comment
In October 2011, General Linda Bond outlined a global vision for The Salvation Army. This vision is not new, but it does clearly articulate the application of what our doctrines and name declare us to be about. This articulation helps give focus to what we, as Salvationists, should be striving towards. This does not just apply to our organized, corporate expression of getting involved in church or … [Read more...]
Before we speak, we should weigh the implications of our words.
October 12, 2012 by Major Juan Burry 1 Comment
Be careful little tongue what you say For the Father up above is looking down in love So be careful little tongue what you say. I remember singing that chorus in Sunday school. It was an effective little ditty. I can recall walking home from the corps building when I was a child, with my head tilted towards the sky, wondering where this ethereal parent was that was so concerned about what I … [Read more...]
The Salvation Army will participate in community outreach and anti-human trafficking awareness.
July 27, 2012 by John McAlister Leave a Comment
As athletes and fans around the world prepare for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics happening July 27-August 12 in London, England, churches across the United Kingdom are mobilizing for the More Than Gold campaign of outreach, hospitality and service. As with previous Olympic games, The Salvation Army is participating in the More Than Gold campaign, sending mission and service teams comprised of … [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
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...]
Do we really care about people outside the Church or just see them as targets for evangelism?
July 24, 2012 by Rob Perry 1 Comment
When the question is asked whether a man is good, one is not interested in what he believes or what are his hopes, but only what he loves. —St. Augustine In John 4, Jesus spends time with a woman with a bad reputation. They sit at a well together in the heat of the day and talk. She serves Jesus water from the well, and in turn, Jesus offers her eternal life, the water that will … [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...]
In this age of celebrity, does the public profession of faith by famous people help the Christian witness?
June 15, 2012 by Major Kathie Chiu and Clint Houlbrook 1 Comment
YES. Christian celebrities are a great public witness and they also encourage other believers to share their faith. BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU We live in the age of celebrity. Our society is obsessed with the lives of actors, musicians, sports figures and other famous people. Beyond appreciating their athletic or artistic skills, we seem fixated on other aspects of their lives as well. And when … [Read more...]