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Soul Food

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

Time to clean house

17 Aug | 2017

If we want to kick the demons of addiction out of our lives, we need to let Jesus move in says Christina Tyson.

The art of dying well

1 Aug | 2017

Retired Salvation Army officer Major Ian Kilgour isn’t letting the grass grow under his feet. A stay in hospital prompted him to develop a book that invites those nearing the end of their lives to face death with
courage, peace and hope.

Would you have work done?

30 Jul | 2017

‘Would you have work done?’ It was a topic that came up one night at an office job, when we were having Friday night nibbles. Because we thought we were the cast from Sex and the City (‘work, of course, meant cosmetic surgery).

‘Definitely.’
‘Hmmm, I don’t know about the pain.’
‘What’s wrong with wrinkles? Why are we so scared of aging?!’

Learning to shut up

26 Jul | 2017

The most powerful argument can be the one where we don’t talk. But what does that have to do with Brussels sprouts?

Call me loyal

12 Jul | 2017

Aristotle said, ‘Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.’ But that’s not an option in the face of a mission value that calls us to ‘Support Our Army’.

The issue of euthanasia

5 Jul | 2017

I’ve sat at my father’s deathbed twice, almost three times. The first time was when Dad suffered a major stroke at 66. We weren’t sure he’d survive. He did, but was left paralysed on one side and with his personality very
much changed.

Trusted to do the right thing

23 Jun | 2017

The Salvation Army value ‘Do the Right Thing’ sounds straightforward, but unless we allow ourselves to be guided by a clear standard, it’s so easy to get things wrong.

The lost children

23 Jun | 2017

With advances in screening for unborn children with Down syndrome, the future of genetic selection is now. This offers up grave questions about the value of people with Down syndrome, and of what it means to be human in the 21st century.

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Crossing invisble lines

10 Jun | 2017

How do we allow people to move from feeling like outsiders, to knowing they belong? The Salvation Army value ‘Offer a Place to Belong’ is a challenge to look beyond our own needs.

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