War Cry is a fortnightly 24-page Christian magazine for Salvation Army readers and all those exploring faith issues.
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One of the books reviewed in this edition is about holiness. Author Ian Southwell says holiness is about our ‘long-term relationships with God and others’. He cites atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who believed anything that made life worth living involved a ‘long obedience in the same direction’.
On a wall near the Otara market is a stencil of Constable Sanalio (Lio) Kaihau comforting a distressed woman. She saw demons urging her to commit suicide, but Lio saw a way to help. As part of a NZ Police recruitment campaign, he shows the difference Christians make in many workplaces.
New Zealand has made strides in its bicultural journey. But it is still an indictment on our nation that so many inequalities remain between Maori and Pakeha. We have not yet ‘arrived’ at some bicultural nirvana. There is still a road to travel.
It can’t be an easy life being a top sportsperson. It requires discipline—often from childhood—financial sacrifices, lots of early mornings and practices when others are simply relaxing. A few get the rewards of fame and success, although this is sometimes short-lived. And there’s the ever-present threat of injury putting paid to a promising career.
At the close of 2012, I went to a Recovery Church meeting my husband was leading. Recovery Church is a Salvation Army faith community for those on the journey of recovery from addictions. We watched a clip of the Joan Osbourne song that asks ‘What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us?’
This Christmas edition of War Cry brings together a classic tale of English literature, The Hobbit, with a new Kiwi story, Alveridgea and the Legend of Lonely Dog. There is no greater story, however, than that of Jesus Christ, son of God. This Christmas, we commemorate his arrival into our world.
In this edition, we introduce those who are starting out as clergy within The Salvation Army. I suppose the word ‘clergy’ may seem too ‘churchy’ to be associated with The Salvation Army. But perhaps that’s because The Salvation Army didn’t start out to be a ‘church’.
I’ve just experienced three weeks of a partly functioning mobile phone, able to receive but not send messages. And there were times when I felt isolated.
I do hope our readers enjoy Barry Keane’s article, which touches on a heartache some churchgoing parents experience: when their children’s Christian faith is either sidelined or dismissed as immaterial to their lives.
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