The answer will depend on how much the person answering knows about the organization. One would say: “It is my favourite store!” – with reference to our thrift stores. Another would say “They help the poor!”. A third may say “They have good brass-bands!” whilst a fourth states “It’s my church!”. Nothing of this is wrong, however they are just fragments of…Continue reading What is The Salvation Army about?
The Salvation Army’s international mission statement declares that our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and‘to meet human needs in his name without discrimination’ (1). In the general’s ‘Call to Inclusion’, we are again reminded of this important part of our mission statement (2). Inclusion was definitely central to Jesus’ understanding of his own mission: …Continue reading The greatest challenge of our time?
“Mantra” is a sound associated with Hinduism and Buddhism. The sound is used to realize a thought or purpose. The word has several meanings, like e.g. a prayer, hymn or spell. It is the repetition of the sound or word that is supposed to trigger the effect. Interestingly, Jesus repeatedly spoke about prayer in his name. Here…Continue reading Is ‘the name of Jesus’ a kind of mantra?
AHEAD of 25th anniversary celebrations for The Salvation Army in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe Territory), the International Headquarters Communications team has produced the first of a series of films documenting the diverse ministries being carried out in the country. Temo’s Story is an insight into the life of Lieutenant Temo Galustian, a Salvation Army officer…Continue reading Temo’s Story – from prisoner to probationer in Tbilisi, Georgia
THE first overseas visit of The Salvation Army’s new Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Lyndon Buckingham and Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham (World Secretary for Women’s Ministries) was to the beautiful Republic of Georgia, to celebrate 25 years of Salvation Army ministry. Celebrations commenced with an exciting Family Fun Day in Tbilisi’s Peace Park on Friday, where…Continue reading Weekend of ‘firsts’ marks 25 years of The Salvation Army in Republic of Georgia
If you have read my blogs over the past weeks, you know that I believe the answer is ‘YES’. Before I explain why, I believe that everything John chose to include in his gospel, is there for a purpose: Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this…Continue reading Did some Greeks influence God’s ‘NOW’?
In the series of reflections on God’s ‘NOW’, I have come to the second time Jesus said: “my time has not yet come”. It was said in response to his brothers who had urged him to go to Judea for the Festival of Tabernacles (1). Jesus also told his brothers that they could go. They left for…Continue reading Did curiosity influence God’s ‘NOW’?
Last week(1) I asked the same question related to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Today I visit Jacob’s well near Sychar in Samaria and follow the conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. For Bible-readers, this story from John 4 is well known, and like the rest of John’s gospel, there are so many layers of truths, both…Continue reading Did the Samaritan woman influence God’s ‘NOW’?