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...]
Before we speak, we should weigh the implications of our words.
October 12, 2012 by Major Juan Burry 1 Comment
An innovative church sign campaign has people talking in Gander, N.L.
July 30, 2012 by Captains Cory and Pamela Pinksen 3 Comments
Last September, Gander Citadel, N.L., installed a large, illuminated sign in front of the church on the busiest street in town. It had the dual purpose of advertising upcoming events as well as sharing words of hope and encouragement to the community. From the very first phrase posted, “A World of Hope Makes a World of Difference,” it was clear that it would create a positive buzz within … [Read more...]
We shouldn’t be afraid to engage in dialogue with non-believers. We may just find more in common than we previously thought.
July 19, 2012 by Major Juan Burry 2 Comments
I love atheists. And I don’t mean with that blanket Christian universal love that suggests we love people because we have to. Some of my best friends are atheists, and so are some of my favourite writers, such as the recently departed Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens was an outspoken radical and intellectual. His 2007 book, God is Not Great, was a scathing rebuke of religion that described how … [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...]
General Linda Bond, international leader of The Salvation Army, challenges Salvationists to share the transforming message of Jesus with a hurting world.
March 27, 2012 by General Linda Bond Leave a Comment
Dear Friends: The other evening I watched a short DVD about the song-writer Fanny Crosby. The narration was interspersed with the singing of some of her songs. As a very young child, she lost her sight because of the incompetence of one posing as a doctor. Though she never regained her physical sight, the Lord opened her spiritual eyes to see life from his perspective. Songs like ‘Blessed … [Read more...]
The legend of good King Wenceslas focuses on generosity and kindness, teaching us to give to the less fortunate
December 20, 2010 by Commissioner William W. Francis 2 Comments
Good King Wenceslas may be the most heartily sung and least understood of all the Christmas carols. Who was this enigmatic Wenceslas and why do we sing about him? He was not a king, but rather the Duke of Bohemia (907-935). He was a good, benevolent nobleman who gave his life to spreading the gospel and expanding Christianity in his country. His brother, Boleslaus, however, was anything but good. … [Read more...]
The Salvation Army’s Christmas kettles can be a form of prophetic witness
December 1, 2010 by Lieutenant Robert Jeffery 6 Comments
As I write this, we are in the midst of the Christmas kettle season. Kettlemania comes every year in The Salvation Army. If you’re heavily involved in this ministry, chances are by Christmas Eve you’re ready to crawl into bed and not emerge until New Year’s Eve. But when your corps officer or kettle co-ordinator is chasing you around with a sign-up sheet, don’t try to hide. There are many … [Read more...]
Christ wants to shine through us where we live
November 5, 2010 by Commissioner William W. Francis Leave a Comment
In the 1960s, the television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood took North America by storm. It remains the second-longest running series on the Public Broadcasting Service, after Sesame Street, and could be seen on reruns until August 2008. Although its creator, Fred Rogers, was an American, the show actually began in Canada in 1962. A few years later it moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. … [Read more...]
Like the famous cartoon character, a good man (or woman) is hard to find
September 8, 2010 by Major Fred Ash Leave a Comment
Waldo is different. And he’s hard to find. Sometimes he’s in a crowd at the beach. Sometimes he’s in a crowd at the mall. And sometimes he’s hidden away in a little church amid a small group of believers. When that happens, he changes his name. In fact, he may become a completely different person. Instead of Waldo, it’s Welma, George, Tim or Sadie. Whatever their name or gender, … [Read more...]