3 Promises For Troubled Times

We all encounter trouble in our lives. Difficulties.  Stress and sometimes heartache.  Some have simply chalked this up to “life“…”well, life isn’t fair” they sometimes say.  The fact that we  know life has trouble and difficult days also carries with it a heavy, unseen burden.  We sometimes look around the corner at the next thing,…

Book Review: “The Bard And The Bible”

I love going into bookstores. For me, the feeling of being surrounded by books, perfectly placed on shelves in an array of multicolored backings and bindings is extremely appealing to me!  And don’t even get me started on the smell of those pages and bindings, for I have been known to plant my face firmly…

Imprisoned By Fear?

There is all sorts of types of fear. Fear that propels you into action. Fear that keeps those you love safe. Fear that weighs the outcomes of decisions yet to be made. Irrational Fear Phobias… When we say the word “fear” sometimes it evokes different interpretations and understandings of this little four letter word.  Some…

Dear Salvation Army -4 Ways To Include “Outsiders”

The Preamble:  Like any Christian organization or church, there is a sense of familiarity which comes from “belonging”.   By that I mean there are elements that we come to expect in worship; there are things we do to make ourselves feel comfortable – including those we involve within our “circles”.  You know what I mean…

A Psalm Of Ascent…

Psalm 131 A song of ascents. Of David. 1 My heart is not proud, Lord,     my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters     or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,     I am like a weaned child with its mother;     like a weaned child I am…

Should Christians Be Outliers?

Jesus was popular, but He wasn’t mainstream… The disciples that Jesus called were certainly not insiders… Many times they did the unexpected, the unusual, the unprecedented, they were outliers. Jesus even reinforces this when we says: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not…

Dear Salvationist, Does Nepotism Still Exist In Our Army?

From the start, some of us might shirk at the idea that nepotism still exists in The Salvation Army.  But we must recognize that even the Booths promoted family to places of authority.  William Booth viewed his Generalship to be something he would pass along to his children, and perhaps his children’s children.  Could it…

Dear Salvation Army, Is Holiness The Cure?

The cure to what?  Sickness?  Loss of Soldiers & Officers?  Depression?  Loneliness?  Defeat?   What do you mean?  Here’s A Calculated Guess:  Holiness is not preached and or emphasized enough in our Army today! I think before we answer the “cure” question we have to consider why we are not making Holiness a priority anymore?…

Dear Salvation Army, Blood & Fire!!!

I have met so many struggling Officers recently. I have also met some tired and weary soldiers. Questions frequently come up about why so many are abandoning their posts as Officers and even as Soldiers within the corps.  When viewed this can be very disheartening to many of us.  We have been engaging in these…

Family Time: Pokemon Go…

I will admit it, I was very skeptical of walking around looking for imaginary creatures with my cell-phone.  Everyone looks so funny holding out their phones like they are looking for cell service in a mountain pass somewhere remote.  I will also admit that I looked like this – when my older son came home…

God’s Justice

“Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” Revelation 22:11 There are news reports from around the world, all sorts of stories, let alone here in the US, stories about injustice and evil.  Stories about victimization, the strong overpowering…

Perspectives: Featuring Lieutenant Blake Fewell

“Officer’s Covenant: ‘Called By God…’”   The Officer’s Covenant begins with one statement that carries through the rest of the Covenant: “Called by God…”.  This is the foundation from which the rest of the Covenant is built upon.  It is a statement of affirmation that the officer has listened to and discerned that the Lord’s…