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
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...]
Every soldier has promised to live this out. But what is it?
June 29, 2012 by Rob Perry 2 Comments
I will be true to the principles and practices of The Salvation Army, loyal to its leaders, and I will show the spirit of Salvationism whether in times of popularity or persecution. When they sign their Soldier’s Covenant, Salvation Army soldiers make a vow with God that they “will show the spirit of Salvationism.” What does this mean? What is this spirit of Salvationism? Is it a … [Read more...]
General Linda Bond launches international vision for The Salvation Army, challenging Salvationists to bear witness to a God-raised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century.
October 14, 2011 by Kevin Sims 1 Comment
General Linda Bond made a passionate call for The Salvation Army around the world to be united in mission and message and to grasp new opportunities as she launched the International Vision: One Army, One Mission, One Message. The vision is given substance through 12 Mission Priorities – full details of which can be seen in the Vision Plan (click here to download). These priorities call on … [Read more...]
God’s grace offers us the opportunity to start afresh
September 14, 2011 by Commissioner Brian Peddle 2 Comments
See, I am doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:19). I have always been a fan of new beginnings. In a world where “starts” and “stops” are commonplace, the reality of a fresh start may have lost its place. We are now at a point where the economy experiences both upturns and downturns, vocations begin and end, working people engage with change daily and relationships ebb and flow. How convinced … [Read more...]
From the east end of London, England, The Salvation Army’s evangelistic mission has spread to 124 countries
August 30, 2011 by Lt-Colonel Maxwell Ryan 4 Comments
William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, loved evangelistic campaigns. He viewed them as colourful, exciting and an effective way of getting things done. In fact, the Army—from its beginnings with General Booth—to the present with General Bond―has engaged in a continual campaign to win the world for Jesus. Even though Army language has changed from battles and conquest to worship and … [Read more...]
General Linda Bond’s second installment of Sharing the Vision, written to Salvationists around the world.
August 23, 2011 by General Linda Bond 2 Comments
Dear Salvationists: Very shortly I will commence international travel to Africa, South America East, New York and several countries in Europe. I look forward to seeing the Army around the world. What wonderful opportunities to learn and to minister! I will want to share some insights from these visits with you. These letters will also keep you informed on what is happening with regards to our … [Read more...]
Commissioner Wesley Harris’ new book explores prayer, holiness, Salvationism and mission.
May 20, 2011 Review by Major Stephen Court Leave a Comment
Writing the Vision is easy to read but hard to ignore. The tenth book written by Commissioner Wesley Harris includes articles taken from the online magazine Journal of Aggressive Christianity, stories categorized as Truth—Stranger Than Fiction, a series of imaginary letters to the Apostle Paul inspired by an unlikely dream and selected poems that reveal the motivation of the writer to “Write … [Read more...]
Is the concept of soldiership outdated? Should we consider other forms of membership in The Salvation Army?
March 25, 2011 12 Comments
YES. Not everyone is ready to sign up for this radical commitment. By calling everyone to the same standard, we don’t make room for people who want to belong before they believe. BY MAJOR RON CARTMELL For me, growing up in The Salvation Army meant learning to play an instrument. My earliest childhood memories include sitting in the trombone section beside my father. This is not a testimony … [Read more...]
Spiritual leadership and the strengths of the Army
February 7, 2011 Interview by Lt-Colonel Laurie Robertson 16 Comments
Following her election as the 19th General of The Salvation Army, General-Elect Linda Bond spoke with Lt-Colonel Laurie Robertson, Communications Secretary, Editor-in-Chief and Literary Secretary, International Headquarters. Please tell us about yourself and your background. Recently I contributed to a book in the Australia Eastern Territory, and this is how I described my background. I … [Read more...]