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Welcome at God's party

I like to think I fly the banner for averagely-achieving mums. Recently, we held our first proper, kids-high-on-candy birthday party.

The Reluctant Prophet - Part 5

In the final part of this series, Carla Lindsey asks what the book of Jonah is really about … and the answers are bigger than a really big fish.

Karen Lowe

All about community

For Waitara Family Store manager Karen Lowe, who has worked in the store for 35 years and set up youth groups and employment training, it’s all about community.

Defeating the devil

Actor Tom Ellis of Miranda fame tackles a very different character in TVNZ’s new show Lucifer. As Lucifer Morningstar, he’s a supernatural force in human form, eliciting the deepest, darkest secrets from people … and yet, given time, may evolve into a more moral entity altogether.

Taking the crisis out of midlife

Ingrid Barratt is due for a midlife crisis, so she set out to understand our middle years. What she discovers is that midlife is hard, but it can be even more meaningful.

Put a pause in your life

This edition’s feature article introduces US journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s research into the opportunities presented by midlife.

The Reluctant Prophet - Part 4

‘I’ve got some good news, and some bad news,’ says Jonah to Nineveh. ‘What do you want to hear first?’ Carla Lindsey explains that in Chapter Four, Jonah finally becomes the prophet God called him to be.

Bible verses we wish didn't exist

We begin an occasional series, tackling some of the Bible’s most difficult verses—the ones we often pretend don’t exist.

Nathan Holt

All in a day's work

Seeing lives changed, making tough calls and knowing who you are in Christ, is all in a day’s work for a Salvation Army officer, says Nathan Holt.

Cadet Beany Cho

Faith with flair

A few years ago, Beany Cho was an award-winning bartender with dreams of owning his own bar. Today, Cadet Beany is studying to become a Salvation Army officer, in his first year at Booth College of Mission.

30 years in Tonga

Next weekend, The Salvation Army will celebrate 30 years of being in Tonga. Along with marking history, Regional Commander Captain Sila Siufanga says they will also be marking a new and exciting phase for the future of the Army in Tonga.

Car crash and calling

Recently, my friend Jenny and I were travelling along a dark 70 km road, when a car from a 100 km zone—with no lights —hit an island in the middle of the road. I looked in my rear view mirror just as the car smashed into the vehicle behind us.

The Reluctant Prophet - Part 3

Carla Lindsey discovers that being swallowed by a fish is not the only surprise in Jonah chapter two.

Can the Church Unite?

Is it possible to gain unity within the worldwide Church, or will Jesus’ prayer forever go unanswered? A new initiative believes it is possible, and is seeking to strengthen the unity of the Church.

Eighty years of hotel ministry

Hotel ministry, visiting pubs, bars, cafés and hotels, is a part of Salvation Army history that is becoming less common in parts of the territory today.

Raj Mani

Blessed by my Bible

Raj Mani tells the incredible story about how a Bible that led her to the Lord, got lost and found by just the right person.

Former Epsom Lodge manager Captain Doug Newman

A place to belong

For more than 100 years The Salvation Army has been helping homeless people in Auckland through the Epsom Lodge Supportive Accommodation Unit, giving thousands of people more than just a roof over their heads.

Fixed on the eternal

The Block is back, and this time it is playing on the gender divide. Can women reno a house that will stay standing? Can guys perfectly puff a throw pillow?

Welcome home?

My brother and sister-in-law just spent two weeks in Iran. The first comment both made to me was how friendly and welcoming Iranians are—something I’ve heard a lot from people who’ve visited the country.

Holly Cormack

Finding a family

Holly Cormack grew up in foster care, but it was at The Salvation Army that she found her true family.