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Graham Burt inside the Temple of Luxor

Long Story Short

A trio of passionate Kiwis—a shy evangelist, a passionate theologian and an entrepreneurial wordsmith—is retelling the story of the Bible for modern audiences.

Rangihoua Pa in Bay of Islands

Ruatara's Mission

Graham Bidois Cameron tells the story of Māori leader Ruatara’s role as the bridge over which the Christian gospel came to New Zealand.

Wi Pirihi

Changed by God's love

Salvation Army music lured Wi Pirihi through The Salvation Army’s door. It was the best change of direction he’s ever made.

The peace of Christmas

One hundred years ago, on 24 December 1914, the Great War had already claimed a million lives. But on that Christmas Eve, gunfire fell silent on both sides of the trenches.

Margaret Ousey

One challenge at a time

When Margaret Ousey answered a call to officership as a teenager, she had no idea of the adventures in store for her over the next 45 years.

Ivan and Glenda Bezzant

Invading the impossible

After 33 years as Salvation Army officers (ministers) and nine appointments, Majors Glenda and Ivan Bezzant have been through most things the job can throw at them. They say seeing God’s kingdom growing and lives changed is an amazing privilege.

A lot like Christ

The closest thing I’ve ever had to a ‘calling’ in my life was when, as a fledgling journalist, I realised I didn’t believe in a lot of what I wrote.

29 November 2014 War Cry cover image

What do you want me to do?

These words from the Old Testament book of Proverbs caught my eye: How long will you lie there doing nothing at all? When are you going to get up and stop sleeping? Sleep a little. Doze a little. Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs. Suddenly, everything is gone, as though it had been taken by an armed robber (6:9-11, CEV).

The Salvation Army Hope Centre in Wellington

Bringing hope at Christmas

Christmas for thousands of families is made less stressful and more joyful thanks largely to the generosity of other New Zealanders.

Image from The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Film Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The first of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

Elephant in the living room

A think piece on family violence in New Zealand, by Chris Frazer.

a shepherd and his sheep

Spare the rod

According to Scriptures, the ‘rod’ is not for punishing, but for comforting and guiding. Ingrid Barratt examines a biblical view of authority, and finds that God sides with the powerless.

Do you care about persecuted Christians?

When you talk about social justice, how often do you think about the injustices faced by your fellow Christians around the world?

Terry Murray

Giving back to the community

Terry Murray loves giving back to the community as a Family Store manager.

Lesley and Sophie Elliot

Loves Me Not

In 2008, Lesley Elliott lived every parent’s nightmare when her daughter, Sophie, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. This year, Lesley won the Women of Influence Awards, for her campaign to educate young people about the signs of partner abuse.

a Say no to violence campaign T shirt

Saying no to violence

Every person who doesn’t resort to violence in their home is making a difference to the future of people’s lives. Every person who encourages someone to seek help is making a difference

15 November 2014 War Cry cover image

Take the pledge

The couple on the front cover of this edition is Colonels Barbara and Willis Howell, who arrived in New Zealand from the USA a few months ago. Both are passionate about the White Ribbon campaign, which culminates with White Ribbon Day on 25th November.

Trade Me Property team

Businesses go the distance for the homeless

Salvation Army partners took to the streets on 10 October - World Homeless Day - sleeping rough to raise money for the homeless.

image from the film Interstellar

Film Review - Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic is a mind bending journey through time, space and emotion.