Several times in Augustine’s Confessions we find the following prayer: “Give me the grace to do as you command, and command me to do what you will.” In this prayer, Augustine admits that he needs God’s grace in a radical way—not only to know what God commands, but also to do what God commands. Augustine was saying that he could not obey God without divine assistance. This … [Read more...]
Are people inherently good or evil? How can we be free from the bondage of sin?
January 18, 2012 by James Pedlar Leave a Comment
We can’t afford to soft-pedal the gospel. People still need to be rescued from the perils of sin and Hell
November 2, 2009 by Major Julie Slous Leave a Comment
The year is 1878. The setting: Coventry England. Posters and sandwich boards have been placed up and down the main street. If we look carefully, we can see the women coming toward us, dressed in black frocks and capes, with Quaker-like bonnets tied around their chins. We have time warped into an open-air meeting of The Salvation Army’s Hallelujah Lassies. Their words ring out clear and plain: … [Read more...]
Has the world outgrown its need for The Salvation Army?
October 5, 2009 by Major Julie Slous 1 Comment
My husband and I had been anticipating this moment since the day our eldest daughter was born. If you are a parent, you know what I’m talking about; that jolting realization when you look at each other and say, “Our baby is all grown up!” The college graduation gown and engagement ring say it all. Our daughter is no longer reliant on her parents. She has “come of age” and is ready to … [Read more...]
Is Satan real or just the personification of evil?
June 30, 2009 by Major Geoff Ryan 8 Comments
“Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.” —Shakespeare, Ninety Fourth Sonnet “No theodicy that does not take the Devil fully into consideration is likely to be persuasive.” —Jeffrey B. Russell, Mephistopheles Have you heard of Flip Wilson? He was the first African-American comedian to get his own prime time TV variety show. It aired from 1970-1974. My brother and I used … [Read more...]