Year: 2015

Respect

“It’s always been a mystery to me how people can respect themselves when they humiliate other humans” – Mahatma Gandhi Aretha Franklin belts it out, as only she in her brilliance can: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me” as she pleads with her partner to treat her with just a little respect (or …

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Compassion

As we continue with our monthly focus on our core values (as a reminder, January’s focus was ‘celebrate’, February ‘excellence’, and March ‘holiness’), this month we hone in on the value of compassion. The Greek word for compassion, used 12 times in the New Testament all in relation to Jesus, is splagchnizomai which means ‘inward …

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Easter

He has Risen! This is the chant of Christians all around the globe today. He has Risen! The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive. He has Risen! The biggest, deepest, darkest enemy of all, death, has impossibly been defeated. He has Risen! The Roman authorities and religious elite, no matter how hard they tried, could …

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Holy Saturday

Today is the last day of Holy Week and the final day of Lent. Holy Saturday is that uncomfortable day where we don’t quite know what to do with ourselves. On some level I think it’s supposed to be awkward. It’s the day sandwiched between Good Friday and Easter Sunday symbolizing the day when Jesus …

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Good Friday

“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Psalm 85:10  Why is Good Friday called ‘good’? After all, it’s the day when the person we Christians view as the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, gets brutally murdered on a cross. How could that be good? Good Friday is good because it is the …

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Holy Thursday

Also known as Maundy Thursday, today is a day in the Christian calendar that is rich with layers of symbolism. Holy Thursday happens in conjunction with the Jewish remembrance of Passover, the last supper that Jesus has with his disciples, the evening where the sacrament of sharing in the body and blood of Jesus was …

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Holy Week

We have been focusing on the core value of ‘Holiness’ this month. So since the week leading up to Easter Sunday is known in the Christian world as ‘Holy Week’, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the significance of this particular week with you and how it applies to the work we …

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Holiness

In the early days of the Salvation Army’s existence, there was an American born man named Samuel Logan Brengle, whose name has become almost as synonymous with The Salvation Army as William Booth’s. Brengle became a Christian during a revival meeting as a teen, and in his adulthood became a Methodist preacher. He was an …

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