During a recent conversation with another Salvationist about our ministry at Toronto’s Yorkwoods Community Church, I was asked how many contemporary praise songs and hymns we use in our services. I explained that we balance our services with music that reflects our rich heritage and music that is applicable to our culture today. As I thought further about the question, I asked the person, … [Read more...]
When we come together to worship each week, we must think beyond notes, forms, styles or techniques and focus on God.
July 10, 2012 Aux-Captain Alain Suamunu-Luasu Leave a Comment
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...]
What made the Wise Men wise?
December 21, 2010 by Major (Dr.) Beverly Smith Leave a Comment
At Christmas, we sing about the three kings, those mysterious Wise Men from the East who followed a star to find the King of Kings in Bethlehem. The account of the Magi shows that the good news of the coming Messiah was broadcast to distant parts of the known world from the very beginning. The little we know of the Wise Men is gleaned from the Book of Matthew. Masters of mathematics and … [Read more...]
When people cause interruptions at church, how should we respond?
March 5, 2010 by Major Karen Hoeft and Captain Rob Kerr 6 Comments
Imagine you are a corps officer and a new family is attending Sunday morning worship. You’re glad they are worshipping at your corps, but they always cause a disturbance. The children run wild during the congregational singing. The parents’ cellphones ring constantly during your sermons. Some of the long-time members of the congregation have complained, but the family doesn’t seem to notice … [Read more...]
Is your call to worship an empty slogan? Are your prayers filled with clichés? The art of liturgy is too often overlooked in the Church
September 25, 2009 by Major Brenda Smith Leave a Comment
It is good to see a renewed emphasis on the arts in worship. Among other things, this gives congregations more diversity and creativity in expressing their gratitude, reverence and love for God. But using the arts comes with a caution: creative gifts have a tendency to replace the Giver. What can we do that will help us keep God the central subject of our worship services? Here are five … [Read more...]
Salvationist.ca Podcast Episode #4
April 6, 2009 Leave a Comment
Glen Soderholm is a professional musician, singer, songwriter, worship leader and teacher who has recently been hired by Tyndale College as an adjunct lecturer. He is the founder of "Moveable Feast Ministries," which specializes in providing worship resources and support to worship leaders of every denomination. Glen Soderholm has participated in a number of Salvation Army retreats and services. … [Read more...]
Early Salvationists were grounded in a Wesleyan theology that embraced the life of the mind as well as the heart
January 26, 2009 by Roger J. Green, Ph.D. 1 Comment
After reading my title, you may be thinking: “I never knew that there was any intellectual appeal to The Salvation Army. We have always been a people of service to the poor, and even our worship style historically and presently really reflects more of a Pentecostal type of worship.” But there are facts from Salvation Army history that we should keep in mind. First, the rather odd … [Read more...]