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Soul Food

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

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.


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.

writer kara isaac

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.