Yes, we should help everyone we can and remain flexible to meet needs as they arise. BY MAJOR MIKE HOEFT Every day, people walk through the doors of their local Salvation Army looking for help. From small towns to big cities the same story plays out—someone has a need and The Salvation Army figures out how to meet that need. We purchase bus tickets, arrange for accommodation, buy gas, … [Read more...]
Can the Army be all things to all people? Should it even try?
May 7, 2013 by Major Mike Hoeft and Captain Mark Stanley Leave a Comment
Are we doing enough to embrace diversity in our congregations?
April 17, 2013 by Cadet Leonard Heng and Captain Rick Zelinsky 1 Comment
Yes, my family is a testimony of how the Army welcomes people of all cultures. BY CADET LEONARD HENG I came to Canada with my family from Singapore in 2006 because I was attracted to the Canadian educational system and wanted to provide more options for my family. There were many challenges with emigrating to a foreign country: coping with weather conditions, housing, transportation, language, … [Read more...]
The Army needs leaders, but we’re struggling to develop enough of them. Is the cost of commitment too high?
November 8, 2012 by Captain Rob Kerr and Major Stephen Court 15 Comments
Yes, leadership in the Army’s culture and structure comes at a price many are not willing to pay. BY CAPTAIN ROB KERR There are very few people who would argue that the work we do as an Army is not worth doing. So, if the Army’s mission still resonates with people, then there must be something else that is holding people back from joining our ranks. From where I sit, I can see that there … [Read more...]
Should we encourage the use of visual media in church worship?
May 8, 2012 by Captain Mark Dalley and John McAlister 1 Comment
YES. The use of visual media helps the Church bring people closer to the story of Jesus. BY CAPTAIN MARK DALLEY “A picture is worth a thousand words”—Anon. I love bookstores, so I decided to work at one when I was a university student. While there, I learned how easily we are swayed by appearance. For example, when you are in a bookstore, how do you decide which book to pick up? Most … [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
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...]
On October 31, little ghosts and goblins will come knocking on your door. Is Halloween a bad influence on our children?
October 23, 2011 by Major Kathie Chiu and Lieutenant Hannah Jeffery 4 Comments
NO. Halloween is harmless fun. Just because some have chosen it as their “helliday” doesn’t make it evil. The Church can redeem this event without succumbing to its dark side. BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU When I was young, I loved dressing up in elaborate costumes each Halloween, smelling the crisp, earthy air from the fallen leaves, running from house to house … and, oh yes, the candy! But … [Read more...]
Does God still perform miracles today? Do gifts such as prophecy and healing still have a place in the church?
April 1, 2011 6 Comments
NO. Or at least not as much as we think. We need to beware of testing God so that our prayers don’t lead to false hope. Miracles don’t always manifest themselves in physical ways. BY MAJOR (DR.) BEVERLEY SMITH There have been a host of travesties, shipwrecked faith, and a trail of hurt and broken Christians left in the wake of churches who promote healing miracles within their ministry … [Read more...]
Is The Salvation Army the church of the poor?
January 7, 2011 by Captain Mark Braye and Lieutenant Nyree Bond 2 Comments
The Army was founded on the idea that all are welcome, including the wealthy. Salvation doesn’t work differently for the rich. After 145 years, the Army’s emphasis on “redemption and lift” has helped generations out of poverty. Instead of sending them to the church up the street, we need them to embrace our mission. by Captain Mark Braye Many people believe the mission of The Salvation … [Read more...]
Is competition good for our kids or are we creating “reward junkies”?
November 17, 2010 by Peter Koehnen and Bruce Ivany 1 Comment
Competition encourages the drive for excellence. Whether it’s at school, church or sports, kids need to learn to do their best. If not, they’ll regret it later in life when doors close on important opportunities. by Peter Koehnen There is nothing inherently wrong with competition, provided it is held in the appropriate contexts. The skills children learn through healthy competition are … [Read more...]