Still others… still needs to happen

Well the big weekend is over. The Salvation Army in Australia is now one territory, and judging by the events that happened over the weekend, you could be given to thinking that everything was rosy, and the future of The Salvation Army in Australia is great and that this weekend is a once off event…

I see a black dog rising

Today in church, I did something that – to my knowledge – I haven’t seen any minister do before. I certainly hope that I am wrong in that though.   Today, I was vulnerable in front of my congregation. After talking about my previous mental health problems, I told them that I was currently struggling…

Happy New Year?

As I viewed the multitude of Happy New Year posts, and posts reflecting on our years, I noticed a bit of a trend. A lot of people were commenting on how this year was really tough. And you know what, I hear that. Liesl and I have had a really tough year, a trial by…

What I love about conservative theology

I recently read an article that was basically saying that liberal theology was a blight upon The Salvation Army and that it must be driven out in all its forms. As a Salvation Army Officer who finds that the label of liberal theology is the label that closest fits my own personal theology, reading this…

Reforming Society (Vision and Mission Part 5)

This is part five and the final part in my Vision and Mission sermons at The Salvation Army Devonport. View all of the sermons here. The reading for today was Luke 4:14-30. What will you fight for? This speech is one of the most famous quotes of The Salvation Army, and has served for years as…

Why the $7 co-payment is a bad idea

In last night’s budget, the Government announced a $7 co-payment for GP’s, as well as pathology, and a $5 co-contribution for medicines on the PBS. Now, $7 doesn’t seem like a lot, but the issue is, it’s not ever going to be $7. Sometimes, a GP can’t get everything they need just by looking at…

The abortion debate – debating the wrong question

In reading the ABC this morning, I noticed this editorial by Jonathan Green on the continuing apron debate in Australia. Green sums up the situation quite well, putting both sides of the story in and making the conclusion that the debate is far from over. The problem is that the debate is asking the wrong…

Packing and moving

We got back into classes today, with our first distinctive being a meeting with Kent, the company that moves all the Salvation Army officers each year. Today was just an initial meeting, as well as delivering some boxes. I also had rehearsal for the praise and worship band, and my final Greek exam. I’ve now…

Doctrine rehearsal

It was another day of study and reviews. Slowly but surely, most of the cadets are finishing off their last assignments, and getting on with a bit of packing. We also had another doctrine rehearsal. As part of the commissioning and ordination, we declare the eleven doctrines of the Salvation Army, from memory. In order…