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Soul Food

Food for thought and soul including observations and reflective opinion pieces on current issues.

a boy with a wand

Say the magic word

16 Jun | 2015

I love people-watching when I’m out and about. Watching the people around me, seeing how they interact and how different or similar they are to me, subconsciously guessing at what they’re like

spectators watching football

A guard over my mouth

27 May | 2015

We’re seasoned football supporters, so we know the drill: cheer for your child, and don’t be too vocal in your criticism of his team mates, his coach, the officials or the opposition (at least, not until you get home).

Stephen & Alison Blakey

I died twice in one day

13 May | 2015

Stephen Blakey lay dead after suffering a massive heart attack. While doctors tried to revive him, he experienced the tangible presence of God. It left Steve a completely changed man. This is his story, told in his words.

War Cry image from World War 1

Comrades in Arms

14 Apr | 2015

Historian Major Harold Hill considers how The Salvation Army represented Germany in its War Cry publications during the Great War.

Featherston War Memorial

The altar of remembrance

10 Apr | 2015

In almost every New Zealand town, there is a small, almost forgotten patch of land where the war memorial stands. It carries with it a sense of lost years, remaining unchanged while time marches on around it.

an image of the Resurrection scene

The power of the Resurrection

1 Apr | 2015

An Easter reflection from General André Cox, the international leader of The Salvation Army.

Spock from Star Trek

What does Spock have to do with Easter?

1 Apr | 2015

What a Star Trek character can teach us about the otherness of God.

a boy pretending working in an office

Bouncing forward

31 Mar | 2015

Resilience is about ‘bouncing back’ from adversity, but it’s even better if we can ‘bounce forward’. The good news is we can learn skills to build personal resilience that help in the workplace and at home

The Big little Book of resiliency cover image

Life on the light side

30 Mar | 2015

Best known for his number one-selling I Had A Black Dog, Matthew Johnstone is now tackling the hot (but often vague) topic of resiliency.