War Cry is a fortnightly 24-page Christian magazine for Salvation Army readers and all those exploring faith issues.
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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.
Each weekday morning at Salvation Army headquarters, staff pause to pray, with those leading this time usually sharing a thought for the day. A few weeks back, someone shared a story that reminded us that ‘wealth’ is all that God has given us—not just our dollars and sense. And that there are different kinds of ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ in the world.
As the London 2012 Olympic Games start there will be the inevitable pull toward our television screens. I know it’s almost universally ridiculed but I’ve always had a soft spot for synchronised swimming. Of course, I also love watching the marathon—such an incredible and arduous spectacle. And it’s hard not to be drawn to the gymnastics; along with some of the sports we don’t usually see much of, like archery and diving. I wonder what sports will catch your eye?
Some of us have been part of the Army’s chaplaincy ministry in local hotels, offering the War Cry to bar patrons and perhaps receiving a donation in response—but with no obligation for such payment. This is a privileged ministry that allows Salvationists to offer a listening ear, practical help and spiritual support when asked for.
The Salvation Army brings together people of purpose, and helps people connect to the greater purposes of God. In this edition we celebrate Founders' Day.
As a nation, New Zealand is about to start a conversation around death and dying—specifically around whether we are prepared to give people the right to choose the moment of their death and to assist others to end their lives. This conversation is being sparked by a likely Private Members Bill around end of life choices.
As a child, one of my favourite books was Helen Keller’s Teacher. I was profoundly moved by the story of Anne Sullivan who became blind as a child, attended a school for the blind (learning Braille) and whose sight was somewhat restored after an operation. Twenty-year-old Anne was then asked to tutor six-year-old Helen Keller. Helen was left deaf and blind at 19 months after an illness.
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