War Cry is a fortnightly 24-page Christian magazine for Salvation Army readers and all those exploring faith issues.
In 2014, we started publishing recent editons online, generally four weeks after their cover dates.
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.
My working career began in IT in the early 1980s. I learned a lot about running wires, connecting monitors (there was a choice of two colours back then: green or amber), and training users in the new-fangled WYSIWYG (‘what you see is what you get’) word processing. Over the years, there have been such rapid changes in computer technology. The pace of technological advance is incredible and, in the main, very useful.
The story of Nick Vujicic is one of the most inspiring I’ve come across in recent years.
Any of us would look at Nick and think that he has had an almost impossible set of obstacles to overcome in life. Being born without arms and legs is a seemingly hopeless situation, yet Nick has proved that the human spirit is able to adapt and thrive no matter how desperate life’s circumstances may seem.
The War Cry team recently returned from the annual conference of the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA). With Wellington the venue this year, it was a great opportunity for our whole team to attend—something we’re really grateful for.
Over 80 delegates from New Zealand and Australia were there. Our theme was ‘Blown Away’, which proved to be a prophetic title as gale-forced northerlies buffeted the capital. But delegates were also blown away by the quality of the speakers and workshops on offer.
One of my favourite New Zealand films is The Insatiable Moon by Mike Riddell. The talented Rawiri Paratene plays Arthur, a mental health consumer convinced he’s the second son of God. Arthur lives in a boarding house in Ponsonby, where residents are under the care of a gruff hostel manager who accepts their eccentricities and fiercely guards their dignity.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one impressed by the amazing efforts of basketballer CJ Bruton when the New Zealand Breakers won back-to-back titles in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) this year.
As one newspaper observed, ‘Finals time is CJ time.’ This man fires under finals pressure.
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