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Soul Food

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

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.

Choose life

23 Apr | 2017

Brought up in the heart of US evangelical culture, Shane Claiborne has become a prophet to Christians, calling us back to the teachings of Jesus. On a recent visit to New Zealand, he talked to Ingrid Barratt about adopting a truly holistic pro-life ethic.

In the mud with Jesus: a manifesto

13 Apr | 2017

We begin a series reflecting on the values of The Salvation Army. In this Easter edition of War Cry, we look at what it really means to ‘put Jesus first’, finding ourselves in the mud and the mayhem.

Cuba Mall, Wellington

Who do you want me to notice?

12 Apr | 2017

A few weeks ago, I was reminded of what it means for Jesus to live in our lives today. I was walking along Lambton Quay, praying, ‘God, there are so many people, a sea of faces. What do you see here? Who do you want me to notice?’

a computer keyboard spelling the word restore

Words to live by: Restoration

11 Apr | 2017

In the last of three reflections, Major Barbara Sampson testifies to God’s power to restore.

Always about the one

25 Mar | 2017

Well, that’s democracy,’ said TV broadcaster Mike Hosking, with a shrug of his shoulders. That’s what got me—the shrug. It implied that we might not like it, but we better lump it.

Words to live by: Homecoming

18 Mar | 2017

In the second of three reflections, Major Barbara Sampson paints a picture of what it means to come home