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Soul Food

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


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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True Romance

8 Jun | 2017

When New Zealander Kara Isaac couldn’t find a Christian novel she wanted to read, she decided to write one herself. This month she releases her third book, and is a nominee at the international ‘Oscars of romance writing’.

A second opinion on life

4 Jun | 2017

Autocorrect and predictive text on smartphones are supposed to help us. But sometimes they’re laughably wrong. Like when you say you’re ‘auditioning your kids’, and autocorrect changes it to ‘auctioning your kids’.

Is holistic holy?

1 Jun | 2017

The Salvation Army is good at meeting needs—but do we see spirituality as a need, or as a goal? asks Nathan Holt, corps officer at Rolleston Corps Plant, as he examines the Mission Plan value ‘Think Holistically’.

Through the dark times together

31 May | 2017

In 2010, then Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean began releasing provisional suicide statistics. He argued we were not doing enough to prevent suicide. This was a watershed moment for discussion of suicide in our country.

Photo of Hannah from the Netflix show '13 Reasons'

How to save a life

23 May | 2017

The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why doesn’t tell the whole story of teen suicide, but it’s got us talking about keeping each other alive.

Walking our Christian talk

15 May | 2017

If The Salvation Army is to give meaning to its value of ‘walk the talk’, certain actions have to be seen says Seth Le Lau

a girl jumping into the sea

Make the jump

6 May | 2017

The other night I went with a group of people to do a cliff jump into a bay of water. It wouldn’t have been my first jump, and when I got there I realised it wouldn’t be my highest.

Messy caring

28 Apr | 2017

We’re good at doing good works, but how good are we at really caring for people? The Salvation Army value ‘Care for Others’ encourages us to reclaim the heart of the gospel.