Blog of selected proponents of primitive salvationism emanating from Vancouver

Friday, March 31, 2006

Brengle Prophecy

"We shall wax weaker and weaker in faith in world-conquering experience, and in joy in the Lord, if we do not return with full purpose of heart, with definite preaching and teaching, to the definite experience through the Blood, and power and fullness of joy and love through the baptism of the Holy Spirit."

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stephenc
Holiness Manifesto

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/113/13.0.html
(hat Tip Evelyn Clark- Tartu top right).
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stephenC
WUF3

http://www.wuf3-fum3.ca/newsletter/newsletter.htm

This June 19-23, the world will gather in Vancouver, Canada, for the Third Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF3) to identify solutions to the critical problems facing cities around the globe. The Government of Canada is proud to partner with UN-HABITAT to host this historic biennial meeting, themed Our Future: Sustainable Cities – Turning Ideas into Action. More than 6,000 participants from 150 nations are expected in Vancouver over five days. Will you be one of them?

It's free. And it leads nicely right into BTI...
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stephenC
Booth-Tucker Institute
June 23-30, 2006

Roots

The Salvation Army was birthed in the deprived east end of London. One of the Army’s keys to success was incarnational warfare. We became poor to reach the poor with the Gospel of the Kingdom. Some of eternity’s greatest unknown heroes are the selfless slum brothers and slum sisters of our history. Our movement celebrates these warriors with nicknames like ‘the Angel Adjutant’ and ‘the Saved Chimney Sweep’.

General William Booth deployed Commissioner Frederick St. George de Latour Booth-Tucker to India curtly: “Go to India. Dress like the Indian.” “These are our people,” he taught his son, Bramwell.

Booth-Tucker: An Appreciation

Tucker invaded India, barefoot and begging for food. He gave up his comfort and his identity, becoming Fakir Singh. And, as with many heroic endeavours, Tucker’s adventures captivated a generation. So many people offered to join him that he set these conditions to quell the tide:

"Service will be a matter not merely of being willing to go anywhere, but of wishing to live and die for the particular race to which you are sent. You will be absolutely alone and under close scrutiny. It will be essential to learn at least one Indian language. You must leave entirely and forever behind you all your English dress and habits. Officers will be barefoot. You will avoid the English quarter, but will always live among natives – sometimes in a cave, a shady tree, or someone's veranda – or in a mud hut 16 by 10 feet. You will cook as they do, and wash your clothes in the stream with them. You have nothing to fear from the climate. The people are different and intensely religious. Find out what their thoughts are before you share yours. And if you are planning to return, don't go. We would not think of sending anyone out who did not plan to make it a life work (Ervine, God's Soldier , Vol I, page 576).

Tension

Colonel Herbert Rader points out the enduring image of The Salvation Army’s "heart to God and hand to man." General Booth’s heart was with God. But he also performed a ‘Twister’ game’s gymnastic manouevre with one hand out to the rich to resource his other hand plunging deftly into the needs of the poor, the orphan, the alien, and the widow. It was too difficult a move for one even this spiritually dexterous. Booth admitted:

"I have been trying all my life to stretch out my arms so as to reach with one hand the poor and at the same time keep the other in touch with the rich. But my arms are not long enough. I find that when I am in touch with the poor I lose my hold upon the rich, and when I reach up to the rich I let go of the poor.

It is a tension all of us who are Salvation Army warfighters have felt. Or should feel.

Brengle to Booth-Tucker

The Brengle Institute celebrates Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle's strongest suit, holiness, and brings leaders together for short, intense times of sharpening and refreshing.

55 years after the birth of the Brengle Institute comes BTI, the Booth-Tucker Institute, celebrating Commissioner Frederick St. George de Latour Booth-Tucker's (aka Fakir Singh) strongest suit, incarnational warfare, and bringing together leaders for short, intense times of sharpening and refreshing.

Officers and other leaders will descend on another east end, Vancouver’s downtown eastside, for two-week stints at a tenement hotel and SA meal programme to experience the slum warfare first-hand, deploy and debrief, and return to their home fronts sharpened and refreshed.

BTI delegates will be immersed in the Biblical, historical and practical aspects of incarnational/guerrilla warfare. Facing the obvious need for infiltration, integration, and invasion by the power of the Holy Spirit, delegates will be challenged to explore their own incarnational imperatives in light of the realities of their home fronts. For more information and applications, visit thewarcollege.com (BTI icon) or contact revolution@mmccxx.net.

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stephenC
http://www.salvos.com/sawl/

useful resource site for The Salvation Army around the world.
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stephenC
March 30, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

More sneak peek for JAC...

Andrew Bale's article, STILLBORN OR STILL GLORIOUS holds The Army up and analyzes it in the light of Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle's prophecy. Bale breaks it down into four components:
• Soup and soap but little salvation
• Music for the mind and not the masses
• Rotarians instead of radicals
• Empty training colleges
It is tough medicine. But if you take it first, it might make the rest of the issue more palatable.
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stephenc
posted by Stephen Court
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE YEAST????
A number of years ago - in the late 60's, early 70's - there was a movement of God where many people were awakened to the power of the Holy Spirit. Not only were they empowered, I think they actually discovered the 3rd person of the trinity. During this time of awakenings, some of those who were stirred lacked humility, maturity and wisdom. This new experience led them into a spiritual elitism whereby they began to categorize and evaluate their brother's and sister's in Christ. There were those who had the baptism, those who were filled and those who were not. They began to lose sight and practice of the very essence - the heart - of the Word of God. Love the Lord with all you've got and love your brother.
May we learn from the past and not be doomed to repeat it.

I pray for those sporting the label of primitives that you would be as yeast in the dough. I notice when I make bread that yeast effects the dough without much pomp and ceremony. OVER TIME and EXPOSURE it brings transformation due to its very nature - its very NATURE. May you be the same!
We are members of a covenant community. Many of those in the community have not been exposed to a primitive brand of salvationism. They don't know what it means, what it looks like or what it does. They hear stories that unsettle, bother, challenge, inspire.
What if primitive salvos infiltrated such ranks and began to BE? To be loving. To live out the covenant. To be an example of the covenant life lived out in the neighborhood. To teach and invite others alongside. To use wisdom in this walk so that others will be mobilized rather than alienated. What if we were able to train, mobilize and deploy those forces which already exist by merely being yeast. Yeast takes hours to work through dough. This vision requires time and patience. It's not for the impetuous, but the steadfast. It can't be done without WISDOM, HUMILITY and PERSEVERANCE. God grant THEM.
May we be like yeast.
I say "NO" to SCHISM. I say "YES" to yeast. LABEL ME YEAST!
Elaine Gillingham

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Infant euthanasia in Europe
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/003dncoj.asp
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heroics...

I read in the new OFFICER Mag about some whacko daily stuff happening on one American front. Then I noticed the last three posts over at 614 Charlotte (top right) and read some more. Wow.

A definition of salvationism?

Oh, and there is a great story in Eric Himes's blog (top right) of a story by William Booth.

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stephenC
SCHISM?

The PS blog (top right) is one I enjoy and support. There is a thread there about the possibility of schism. Here is some of my comment on the discussion...

Theoretically, there is a danger of schism. But practically, the PSers seem like the kool-aid drinkers, the true believers who won’t quit even if someone pushed us. You’d have to kick us out.

But, thank God, our movement has avoided those very effectively through history (the two USA break-offs - the ‘American SA’ and the ‘Volunteers of America’ didn’t survive in a spiritual sense).

As for ‘factions’, they already exist. Colonel Durston wrote famously recently about:

The traditionalists, The pentecostals, The ‘seeker-sensitive’ or ‘contemporary corporate’, The radicals, The neo-Salvationists (aka primitive or radical Salvationism) (note- this is a mis-categorization, in that ‘neo’, to my understanding, was coined to distinguish it from primitive); and,

currently, in The Officer, Major Morgan identifies conservative salvationism, ‘mimic’ non-salvationism, retro-salvationism, and grass-roots salvationism.

So, they exist (my comrade and co-blogger Aaron White posted on labels today over at the armybarmy.com blog).

To your question, is everyone to become a primitive? Well, ideally, yes. But, realistically, that is a long shot.

What is more plausible and still strategically desirable is to have each of the ‘factions’ agree on our identity. This is the identity on which I argue we should agree: The Salvation Army is a revolutionary movement of covenanted warriors exercising holy passion to win the world for Jesus.

Agreement on this identity and a universal embrace of covenant are our best hopes at not only avoiding schism but achieving mission (to win the world for Jesus).

God bless The Salvation Army.

Stay close to Jesus. Much grace.
Stephen Court
Labels...

Lables can be very useful. When (if) I go to the Supermarket, I am happy that all the tins have labels on them to tell me what's on the inside. Otherwise I might have to eat dog food, or green beans. The label provides a useful piece of information.

Labels that have been thrown around quite a bit lately - Aggressive Christian, Primitive / Neo / Trad / Seeker-Sensitive Salvationist also have some value. They describe something that is going on. It would be hard to even speak about things without using labels.

But labels are also problematic. When they are used as descriptors, and recognised for their limitations, ok. But when we start finding our identity in them, all we end up doing is setting up false divisions. I find myself mysteriously at odds with people who agree with me on the most important things of life, but have a problem with the label they assume I operate under. This is silly.

Labels can describe, but we are told to hide ourselves in Christ (Col 3), not in some terminology. I have no problem with people saying I'm aggressive in my faith. But I don't really like being called an "Aggressive Christian" (the capitals make all the difference.) This kind of thing boxes people in too much and leads to in-fighting. If we're going to have interanl conflict (not all of which is bad) I would rather it be about substantive issues than about what people are being called.

Anyways, just my take. But then, I'm just a Pomo - Aggressive - Neo - Primitive - Retro - Chari - Roots - Non Trad Salvo, so you can probably feel free to ignore it based on that.

:)

Grace,

Aaron
Speaking of April 1...
The next issue of JAC is right around the corner (Ausseis- it goes up just before midnight for April 1 at our time so we'll be a bit late, as usual, for you (they say The Army out here is a bit behind you guys down there). Here is a sneak peak at some of the editorial introuction to our seventh birthday issue:

We're leading with Major JoAnn Shade's 'Godly Ambition' (Shade is in Ohio, USA), a spiritual sequel of sorts as it is to last issue's controversial 'Rant' by Captain Strickland, in which Shade honestly considers future leadership and ambition to give it in The Army. Both unsettling and funny, it threatens to take the international waves of discontent stirred by the Rant to the next level (we're hoping that it goes to cabinet level, where it would be nice to see 30-40 married women appointed globally by year's end, as a start of an honest response to the sentiment expressed here and felt nearly everywhere).

Captain Grant Sandercock-Brown of Sydney, Australia, asks 'Who Are We?' and then proposes an excellent answer. it is an excellent follow-up to Godly Ambition. Please read this article. It leads smoothly into the following article, "Are We A Metaphor?'

War College warrior Anthony Castle of the Holy Session (an Aussie training in Canada) tears into the military metaphor debate currently raging in the blogosphere with an intriguingly new perspective guaranteed to shake your mind and maybe even rattle your prejudices (if you have any against the military metaphor).

Captain Charles Roberts of New York, USA make the argument that the more our congregations look like the subway, the more our celebrations will look like heaven.

Captain Amy Reardon of Washington, USA, considers one plank of Bertrand Russell's critique of Christianity and suggests that an embrace of good old holiness teaching will solve the problem and help save the world.

Major Doug Burr of Maine, USA, teaches through spiritual experience 'Knowing God's Voice' in a manner sure to both inform and equip. This is a very useful article for those hungry in this area.

Cadet Tim Watson of Australia analyses The Army from a mission-ready standpoint, and suggests that we too often 'outsource mission'. He also identifies mission-centred, mission-focussed, and mission-controlled corps. This is a helpful article for those involved in leading a local corps.

Erin Wikle's 'Revolution in the Walls' (Wikle is in California, USA) follows Cadet Watson's article smoothly, offering a personal perspective on what he has addressed theoretically.

Commissioner Wesley Harris of Australia digs into his Salvo treasure chest yet again with parts five and six in his tasty series, Souvenirs of Salvationism. This issue is about a cup and a songbook. Enjoy.

John Cleary of Australia (wow, we're an Aussie-heavy journal, aren't we?) delivers the heavy of the 42nd issue of JAC. 'Salvationist Worship: A Historical Perspective' will bring everyone up to speed on our roots and our development through the decades. It should be read by everyone who has ever weighed in with two-cents worth in the sadly named 'worship wars'.

Finally, there has been quite a stir in a few territories over Primitive Salvationism. So I take a stab at debunking Eight Myths of Primitive Salvationism in hopes of bringing clarity to the discussion and winning converts to the philosophy.

etc.
Block your calendars, tell your friends.
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StephenC
theRubicon.org

Pre-release. This brand-new conversation room slash madazine slash thought factory officially opens April 1 but you can get a sneak preview and a few early posts now. You'll likely be bookmarking this site as the editors, Geoff Ryan and John McAlister, are drip-releasing new material, once a workday. It looks like you'll never have to worry about a SA-content-lite universe anymore.

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stephenC
March 29, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.
(hbTravisR)

I just heard about the East Liverpool Corps in Ohio (USA). This corps has been here since 1884, when it quickly became known as "the Gallant 600". The corps grew from 7 soldiers to seeing 600 souls saved in the first six months.

The Gallant 600! Hallelujah!

I love it. And I know that many of you love it, too! Multiply it now, Lord, Jesus, please.

Much grace
StephenC

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

For your independent friends

http://www.greatcom.org/laws/

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Rejoinder to Rick Joyner!

I am happy to have received this note from a Staff Officer in USS responding to the Rick Joyner blog, yesterday. Here are the relevant portions:
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"RJ- 'There was a Salvation Army relief base near our Katrina relief base, and a number of church groups went over to see if they could help them in any way. These church groups were turned away because the leaders of the Salvation Army base said they could not risk appearing to be ministering the Gospel, saying they were afraid of losing their funding if they did.'"

s-o- Having served in three corps in the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi division, and doing disaster service on site there as recently as 2004's Hurricane Ivan, I have never seen that we were shy about ministering the Gospel in disaster relief. Also, I know that there is no element of losing our funding for disaster relief -- Americans and others around the world gave with amazing generosity to The Salvation Army for hurricane relief in 2005. Those funds (less those expended) are in the bank and they are fully available and being used to carry out the full Salvation Army mission with the disaster victims. The restriction on their use is only that they be used in disaster relief; there is no restriction on exclusively secular versus Christian work. We do in fact have personnel specifically trained and sent for spiritual ministry in disaster situations, and when they go out in the field they are sent to visit and talk and to pray with people, without having the material assistance responsibilities. All our personnel -- especially officers -- are instructed to be conscious of spiritual needs and to not allow busyness with the food and supplies to keep them from spiritual ministry. We've been supported by officers from other
territories who also have been present on-site specifically for a ministry of counseling and prayer.

The Army in the U.S. does receive some government funds which carry restrictions on the specific programs they support, but our traditional disaster relief services are funded in most cases 100% by private, corporate and foundation donations.

I can only say that the specific experience recounted in Rick Joyner's writing is completely inconsistent with my training and experience and knowledge of our disaster relief in general and in this specific (huge) event.
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Yesterday I asked anyone connected with Joyner to give him our feedback. Well, maybe he'd like to know this bit, as well.

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StephenC
BE A HERO update

The BE A HERO Campaign (info on the front page of armybarmy) is aiming at mobilizing 10,000 heroes and here is a rough update on the progres to date (these are results of the biggest stream of BE A HERO- but not the totals):

· Working for children at risk in Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Philippines, Cambodia, Burundi, Mexico, and Dominican Republic, and other countries with our Partner Organizations
· Over 1500 child sponsorships, 600 that pay directly through Be A HERO
· $387,658.00 USD has been sent out to our children's homes from child sponsorships
· $764,276.00 USD has been sent to Be A Hero projects for building and expanding children's homes and other projects ˆ 14 new children's homes, 413 new beds, 2 water projects, 5 refugee homes, 1 school, 1 community centre, vehicles, and village development
· $450,000.00 USD has been raised for other people's projects
· Total funds sent to children at risk: over $1,560,000.00 USD.
· $242,790.00 USD has been raised for administration in 2005
· More than 3500 people have joined the Hero Army
· 156 Heroes have enjoyed a Hero Holiday
· 250 people have committed to pray for Be A HERO, and children at risk

Our goal is to raise 10,000 Heroes, and to save 1 million orphans!
Can we do it? Together, we can!

Job 29:11-16 says "Whoever heard me spoke well of me, and those who saw me commended me, because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing. I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy."

Can this be said of you? 

Be A HERO!
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Oh, and the interest in the HERO HOODIES I mentioned yesterday leads me to specify that you can order yours at armyonitsknees.org (not here- but that site has just been updated for the year of prayer in USE and it it worth a bookmark).
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March 28, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Salvationist Directory: http://www.radermail.net/sadirectory/link.php

I've just been introduced to this initiative out of USE that features a couple of thousand salvos already.

You may want to add to the list yourself, or with your friendship network.

"The Salvationist Directory is an informal list of contact information for friends and members of The Salvation Army around the world. It is like an online phone or address book. Its purpose is to encourage Christian community among Salvationists worldwide."

Much grace
stephenc
posted by Stephen Court

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Most born again Christians in USA ever

Brana's latest survey found 45% of Americans surveyed self-identified with characteristics of born again Christians. And, the results mark the biggest one-year jump in more than a decade:

http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2006/03/survey-shows-biggest-increase-in-born.html
(ignore the comic).

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stephenC
Joyner on The Army.

Just yesterday Rick Joyner gave a lengthy prophetic word that includes a bit on The Salvation Army (from elijahlist.com):
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RJ- Again, we need to understand that for the work of restoration, the bridge between the natural and spiritual realms must be completed. If it seems that I am belaboring this point too much, it is because it has been the disconnection between the spiritual and natural realms that have proven the downfall of many great ministries and movements in the past, and it is this same disconnection that stunts the spiritual maturity of many.

RJ- This disconnection happens when movements, which become involved in restoration, often get so focused on the natural needs of people that they lose their spiritual vision, and therefore the power to bring about true restoration. We were sadly confronted with this disconnection by former great missions like the Red Cross and Salvation Army after Hurricane Katrina. I do appreciate how they help people with their needs, especially in an emergency like Katrina, but the Salvation Army was once one of the greatest forces for the Gospel on the planet. It is still doing great humanitarian work, but very little spiritually.

sc- OUCH! I receive it, I guess, but I wish that th Year Book still kept conversion statistics, because I'd ballpark that God blesses us with 6-digits of converts a year, which is nothing to sneeze at, spiritually (if you have a better idea of the numbers, let me know revolution@mmccxx.net).

RJ- There was a Salvation Army relief base near our Katrina relief base, and a number of church groups went over to see if they could help them in any way. These church groups were turned away because the leaders of the Salvation Army base said they could not risk appearing to be ministering the Gospel, saying they were afraid of losing their funding if they did.

sc- Tell it not in Gath. Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon.

RJ- I appreciate the Salvation Army and all that they do to help people with their physical needs, but they are no longer the army of salvation that General Booth foresaw.

sc- what a said note on which to end. So I won't. Like I've said before, I don't think Catherine was out to lunch when she prophesied what is a bedrocck foundational word for The Salvation Army: "The decree has goen forth that the kingdoms of the world shall become the kingdoms of ur Lord and of His Christ and that He shall reign, whose right it is, from the River to the ends of the earth. We shall win. It is only a matter of time. I believe that this Movement shall inaugurate the great final conquest of our Lord Jesus Christ."

So, any of you readers who are connected with Rick Joyner (whose books have educated, edified, and challenged me) please let him know that even IF we are not the army of salvation General Booth foresaw right now, we (some of us, indeed) intend to position ourselves downstream in the River of God's Grace so that we will become that Army of Salvation she prophesied.

Much grace,
StephenC
Be A Hero?

I was much encouraged this weekend to hear about how the BE A HERO Campaign (details on armybarmy.com front page) si extending to new cities and homes in different parts of the world. Praise God for how many of you have responded to the challenge. This is a good time to note that there is a new website, called heroresources.com, which aims to help you in your Hero warfare (as well as beahero.org). I'm sporting a snazzy new black HERO hoodie (aimed at raiding funds for children's home in Nigeria- hat tip Janet M).

Anyway, the campaign continues to grow. Hallelujah.

Much grace,
StephenC
March 27, 2006.

Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

I know that many people out there go Catholic during lent and exercise the discipline of giving something up.

Two people in my corps have given up civvies for Lent.

So, they're sallied up forty days to Resurrection.

Much grace
stephenC

Monday, March 27, 2006

March 26, 2006.

Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Gordon Cotterill (UrbanArmy top right) has a good list of self-examination questions for bloggers. Check it over.

Mark Steyn's latest article (top right) addresses the issue of the charged convert in Afghanistan. He makes this important observation:
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In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of "suttee" -- the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:

''You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows.You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."
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stephenC

Sunday, March 26, 2006

March 25, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

We're just finishing up the editing for the second edition of REVOLUTION that will be published by Ponder Books. You can buy the first edition at the Estore (on this site).

And the brand-spanking new issue of JAC is coming out April 1. It is going to kick. It is the seventh birthday issue. That is 42 issues for those keeping count. And you can access them all at the JAC site (top right).

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posted by Stephen Court

Saturday, March 25, 2006

bloodandfire.org.uk

This brand new site is welcoming submissions and contributions on holiness, lifestyle, Railtonian poverty, prayer, fasting and repentance.
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March 24, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

hbSBHC

Thansk to Kirsty and Andrew Stringer (top right) for this updated language version of the 70 resolutions (more War College fodder):
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THE RESOLUTIONS OF Jonathan Edwards

As I am aware that I cannot do anything without God's help, I humbly ask for his grace to make it possible for me to keep these resolutions, according to His purposes, for Christ's sake.
Read once a week.

I am resolved to:

1. Do everything for God's glory and for the advantage for men, whatever the difficulties and with no consideration myself.
2. Do the above continually, always considering new ways to do it.
3. Practice repentance.
4. Do nothing big or small, but that which is for the glory of God
5. Use time for profit not waste.
6. Live while alive.
7. Never do anything that I would not do if I were about to die.
8. Promote only shame and sins of myself, not of others, as if I were the vilest of all.
9. Think about death often.
10. Consider hell and martyrdom when in pain.
11. Solve theorems of divinity immediately (when not hindered) when they arise.
12. Throw away pride and vanity as they appear.
13. Search for suitable recipients of charity and liberality.
14. Not seek revenge.
15. Not have anger towards the irrational.
16. No evil or dishonourable speaking unless for some ultimate good.
17. Live as I would like to be remembered.
18. Live as I have decided at times when my notions of the gospel are clearest.
19. Do not do anything that I would not do if I thought it were the last hour.
20. Eat and drink temperately.
21. Don't do things that irritate me in others.
22. Do everything I can think of to store up happiness for myself in the other world.
23. Act deliberately for the glory of God, by my original intentions, and count them as a breach if they diverge.
24. Endeavour to never sin, but if I do, seek out the origin and fight and pray against it.
25. Examine the cause of any doubt of the love of God and direct all my forces against it.
26. Cast away that which fades assurance.
27. Examine omissions.
28. Study and grow in the knowledge of the scriptures.
29. Always hope and believe that God will accept my prayers, petitions and confessions.
30. Strive to grow in grace each week.
31. Speak only what is agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honour and love of mankind.
32. Be completely faithful to that which is entrusted to me.
33. Preserve peace.
34. Always speak pure and simple truth.
35. Write down questionable duty and how it was resolved.
36. Speak no evil of others without just cause.
37. Inquire each night, week, month and year of ways I have been sinful or negligent.
38. Don't try to be funny on the Sabbath.
39. Don‚t do anything if I can question its lawfulness.
40. Consider each night if I have acted in the best way with respect to eating and drinking.
41. Consider each day, wk, month, yr ways I may have done better.
42. Frequently rededicate myself to God.
43. Act not as my own but God's.
44. Let only religion influence, and be the result of, my actions.
45. Never allow any emotion but that which helps religion.
46. Never allow uneasiness at family members affect me.
47. Examine each week if I have done what is agreeable and denied what is not.
48. Constantly examine the state of my soul, whether it is concerned for Christ or not, or if I have anything to answer for when I come to die.
49. Never allow this to be.
50. Act now as, in the future world, I would judge to be the best.
51. Act as I would wish I would act if looking back.
52. Live as I would like to say I had lived if I were to live to an old age, as old persons say.
53. Cast my soul on, consecrate myself to, and live and confide in my Lord Jesus Christ.
54. Imitate what is praiseworthy.
55. Act as I would if I had seen heaven and the torment of hell.
56. Never give up the fight against sin no matter how often I fall.
57. Do what I can with what I have been given to be true to duty and concerned with sin.
58. Always exhibit love. Never exhibit fear.
59. Be extra-good natured when provoked to anger.
60. Thoroughly examine any irregular or uneasy way in me.
61. Do not become lethargic in religion.
62. Do good unto men as unto the Lord, as if to win the prize.
63.  Strive to be as the one (if there were one) who is the most Christian in the world.
64. When I find the longings of my heart and the utterances beyond words I will tirelessly promote them.
65. Be open with God.
66. Be gentle always, unless circumstances necessitate otherwise.
67. After afflictions consider what I may have benefited or learned.
68. Be truthful to God and myself about what I find in myself whether concerning religion or sin.
69. Do what I like to see others do.
70. Be always kind in speech.
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stephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Friday, March 24, 2006

Fletcher v. Berridge and the Blogs

In the 18th C John Fletcher and John Berridge (and others) engaged in some strong debate on issues of Christianity they thought important. I used to enjoy them in the lazy afternoons of college in the old Methodist library on my campus (no longer a Christian school) for the biting sarcasm Fletcher employed in his Checks to Antinomianism, among others pieces. Anyway, The War College reads some of the this stuff to discuss and I was struck by JF's conclusion of the second part of the Fifth Check, in which he squares away his attitude toward his debating opponent, Mr. Berridge:
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WERE I to conclude these strictures upon the dangerous tenets, inadvertently advanced, and happily contradicted, in The Christian World Unmasked, without professing my brotherly love and sincere respect for the ingenious and pious author; I should wrong him, myself, and the cause which I defend. I only do him justice, when I say, that few, very few of our elders, equal him in devotedness to Christ, zeal, diligence, and ministerial success. His indefatigable labours in the word and doctrine, entitle him to a double share of honour; and I invite all my readers with me to "esteem him highly in love for" his Master's and "his work's sake;" entreating them not to undervalue his vital piety, on account of his Antinomian opinion; and beseeching them to consider, that his errors are so much the more excusable, as they do not influence his moral conduct, and he refutes them himself, far more than his favourite scheme of doctrine allows him to do. Add to this, that those very errors spring, in a great degree, from the idea, that he honours Christ by receiving, and does God service by propagating them.

The desire of catching the attention of his readers has made him choose a witty, facetious manner of writing, for which he has a peculiar turn; and the necessity I am under of standing his indirect attack, obliges me to meet him upon his own ground, and to encounter him with his own weapons. I beg that what passes for evangelical humour in him may not be called indecent levity in me. A sharp pen may be guided by a kind heart; and such, I am persuaded, is that of my much esteemed antagonist, whom I publicly invite to my pulpit; protesting that I should be edified, and overjoyed, to hear him enforce there the guarded substance of his book, which, notwithstanding the vein of Solifidianism I have taken the liberty to open, contains many great and glorious truths.
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I throw that out to those who sometimes attack our positions on things and to those who hold positions we somtimes like to attack. Of course, I won't even try to say it as eloquently.

Much grace to each of you,
StephenC
Theology trumps denomination

This, in Canada's largest newspaper, Toronto Star, from a United Minister, who notes that theoligical education is a big factor in watering down commitment to your denomination.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1142463011559

(hat tip WLC)

He found that denominations had to employ their own spiritual formation directors to remind their own students that they were Catholic/or Anglincan /or United.

It does seem that liberal seminary education tends to pull people from salvo mission. I guess any non-salvo education has that potential.

grace
stephenC
Blood and Fire

Andrew Bale (top right) has a new site called Blood and Fire (bloodandfire.org.uk) that you'll be interested to visit and bookmark. There are heaps of resources there for the taking and application. Much to help.

Much grace
stephenC
Register

In this case, register if you are a child born in this Indian village, or else you're stuck for life:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/21/news/bhaupur.php

(hat tip Jamie Smith).
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stephenC
March 23, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Some won't know that Major Lee Lescano has a radio broadcast that is now podcast that you can access here:
http://www.sactr.com/ministries/radio.htm
grace
stephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Thursday, March 23, 2006

PS argument...

Over at Matt Clifton's (top right) there is a big question on PS and holiness. Andrew Bale has a great comment that includes this:
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I believe that anyone who belonged to The Salvation Army and who followed Paul’s instruction and experienced holiness would by default become a primitive Salvationist – because PS describes the life style and approach of holy people in a Salvationist context.
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Nice.
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stephenC
two more for tonight...

http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/michellemalkin/2006/03/22/190774.html
on the Christian who's life is threatened because he is a Christian.

"Principled stands are supposed to cost something; otherwise, they’re not stands but merely poses." Joseph Bottum. firstthings.com

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The cost of salvation.

(hat tip to Michael Ramsay - top right - for this)
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MICHAEL DEN TANDT AND ESTANISLAO OZIEWICZ
Globe and Mail Update

OTTAWA and TORONTO - An Afghan man facing a possible death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity may be mentally unfit to stand trial, a state prosecutor said Wednesday amid growing international condemnation of the case.

Abdul Rahman, 41, has been charged with rejecting Islam, a crime under this country's Islamic laws. His trial started last week and he confessed to becoming a Christian more than a decade ago. If convicted, he could be executed.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060322.wxafghanchrist22/BNStory/National/
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God help him, please.
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Holy Club Questions

Kirsty and Andrew Stringer (top right) have updated the daily self-examination questions of the famous Holy Club (members included Whitefield and the Wesleys):
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1. Did I allow myself any thought, word or action, which I know to be wrong today?
2. Did I love everyone in everyway today? (And did I show it?)
3. Did I pray and work and feel concern for the salvation of others today?
4. Have I been prideful today?
5. Did I conform to the fashions and customs of this world today? Did I challenge them?
6. Have I unnecessarily spoken about anyone today?
7. Can I be trusted?
8. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
9. Have I allowed the word to speak to me today?
10.Am I enjoying prayer?
11.Did I share my faith today?
12.Did I go to bed on time and get up on time?
13.Have I grumbled or been critical or irritable today?
14.Is Christ real to me?
15.Did I actively and prayerfully seek holiness today?
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Have at them.
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Military Metaphor?

I'm compiling the next issue of JAC (April 1) and Anthony Castle has a humdinger of an article called ARE WE A METAPHOR. I just read this bit I had to share with you, a taste of what's to come on the 1st:
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There are also a number of linguistic references in scripture regarding militancy, for example ‘paganus’, the term for those not who aren’t Christian, was originally used when describing one unengaged in military service.
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Do you get it? Pagans, people who aren't Christians, are those who aren't engaged in military service. Classic!
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March 22, 2006
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

My friend Phil Laeger, of TransMission fame, has his latest three CDs available online, complete with accompaniment tracks and sheet music, printable from the CD, at

www.cdbaby.com/all/phillaeger

The first is Send the Fire, which you may have heard of. It includes O Boundless Salvation, Send the Fire!, How Great Thou Art and I'm In His Hands, among others. It's been a hot selling album, mainly through word of mouth. Now it is available to preview and purchase online.

The second is the follow-up album, I Know A Fount, which follows the same format as Send the Fire (2-CD set, revamped hymns and Salvation Army classics, as well as new material by our worship team transMission). It includes the songs I Know A Fount, Glorious King, Facedown and Bless His Name He Sets Me Free.

At $10 a piece, these albums are a steal.  All money from the sale of these two albums goes to The Salvation Army to enable us to continue to produce worship resources in the future.

As well, Phil's solo album, All I Held Onto, is still available at the now discounted price of $10. It's great, too.
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StephenC

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Aggression of the Cross...

It should be pointed out the the quotes below concerning aggression and revolution and Christ were taken from a book dedicated to Christian non-violence, and utterly opposed to any form of militarism. But that did not stop the author - a brilliant theologian - from using very aggressive and revolutionary language.

I agree that anyone who really wants to follow Christ will have to be aggressive. Gentle, yes, loving and humble, yes, but absolutely committed to their cause and willing to face enormous opposition.

One of my favourite poems is one I recently discovered through Rob Perry, my friend at 614 Toronto:

The Challenge
by G.A. Studdert-Kennedy

Can'st thou drink the cup I drank of?
Can'st thou bear to be baptized
With the baptism of bitterness and truth?
Can'st thou see thy dreams all dying.
And thy hopes around thee lying
In a ruin, and still retain the eyes of youth?

Can'st thou hear the siren's calling
And stand firm, with strong men falling?
Can'st defy the sons of Belial running wild?
Can'st thou see love's honour slighted,
And it's fairest blossom blighted,
And live on, still looking forward like a child?

Then arise, my knight defender,
Be thou terrible and tender
In the strength that down the ages has sufficed,
And in scorn of all their scorning,
Seek the splendour of the morning,
When the darkness shall be shattered by the Christ.


I love the line "Be thou terrible and tender" I believe that sums up Aggressive Christianity. I will be tender with a child at risk, but terrible with one who puts that child at risk, for the purpose of rescuing that child, but also of rescuing that person from their sin as well.

Grace,

Aaron
March 21, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Someone close to me asked when the General-elect becomes the General. I told him (April 2, I think) and asked why. He replied, "I hoped he kicks some butts."

Meanwhile, here is a new SA version of The Vision (from 24/7 prayer movement):
http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/youthwa/resources/The%20Vision.mp3

And, since people seemed to dig the dead quotes yesterday:
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Comrades, we want more prayer and less pride; more simple faith and less self-sufficiency; more self-denial, less self-pleasing; more faithfulness, less suavity; more regarding The Salvation Army as our Jerusalem and less regard and attention to keeping good friends with Mammon... I have no interest under heaven but what is in The Salvation Army. As a man defends his treasure with all his powers, so will I be true to my pledge to God and to my General, and stand for the principles and doctrine and spirit of the Army with all my might (Colonel John Dean).
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Amen.
grace,
StephenC

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

gentle aggression

Aaron dug up some nice quotes for the second edition of REVOLUTION that is coming out soon. I throw them out here because of the discussion that has progressed about how aggressive Christianity does or does not fit into the 3rd millennial context of the great commission. Taste a few of these and see what you think (revolution@mmccxx.net):
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"Jesus, while not a Zealot himself, was nevertheless a man easily identified with the dominant revolutionary movement of his time. Jesus attracted revolutionaries." - James W. Douglass

"Any man moved to transform the human spirit in his particular sphere of God's creation will have to fight tenaciously with the prejudices and powers of resistance in both himself and unsympathetic men." James W. Douglass

"The revolutionary of the human spirit is a gentle man, but it would be sentimental to describe as "gentle" the impact on society of his demands for justice."James W. Douglass

"The way of Truth in a world of injustice is revolution." James W. Douglass

"Because of the scandal of the suffering of the innocent the world stands convicted, and revolt is justified." Jean Danielou

"In the contemporary world of affluence and poverty, where man's major crime is murder by privilege, revolution against the established order is the criterion of a living faith." (James W. Douglass)

"The revolutionary has no other choice in love than to seek with his whole being a new heaven and a new earth." James W. Douglass

"The disillusioned revolutionaries who had retreated at the sight of the cross were revived through the strength of an open tomb, and, armed with a new vision of revolution, went on to initiate thousands in the Christian revolution with the sign of a cross." James W. Douglass

Bibliographical details - "The Non-Violent Cross: A theology of revolution and peace", by James W. Douglass, 1969, Macmillan Publishing Co., New York.
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Fully man...

We evangelical charismatics normally buy Jesus’ divinity. It was necessary for Jesus to be fully man... why?

Jesus’ humanity gave Him a legal position to engage the enemy. In Matthew 8:28-29, demons recognize Jesus’ divinity- “Son of God. Have you come here to torment us before the time?” In Mark 5:6-7, demons fall before Jesus and cry out, “Son of the Most high God… I implore You by God, do not torment me.”

Here a demon is calling on God to spare him from Jesus! And he is commanding Jesus to back off. How strange is that? The reason is this: They knew that they’d taken authority over the earth over the tragic incident in the Garden (Genesis 3). They knew the divine Jesus was coming inevitably, but figured He was too soon, and didn’t have the right to interfere. That’s why they called on God to step in.

What they didn’t know is that Jesus was totally human. That is why He had the right to intervene. A human gave the authority over to satan, and a Human had come to take it back (from James Garlow, THE COVENANT).
(from Salvationism 101)
grace
stephenC
PARTNERS IN MISSION
Yesterday I was delighted, challenged and blessed to hear my friend Nathanael Homewood preach at the Corps. Nathanael is a university student in his early 20's. I appreciated that he was able to come and share the Word. I think that in the early days of our movement it was encouraged that a variety of people share the Word of God from week to week. That would sure give us a varied diet.
Any way his message was to spur us on, really in the same vein as the Be A Hero school of thought, to give of ourselves to those in need.
The next 6 weeks is the annual focus of giving to Self Denial. The challenge is to give, not just what is easy, but give as Jesus gave. He called us to a love that lays down our lives for a brother or sister. This year may we all be compelled to give to our partners in the 3rd world through finances, prayer and other creative means.
Here's a tangible challenge:
Pray for every missionary from your territory for the next six weeks - daily - if you need a Canadian listing contact me at iegillingham@rogers.com. If you're from another territory contact your THQ.
Give up your Starbucks, Tim Horton or other coffee - snack fix - for the next 6 weeks and give the equivalent amount to the mission your territory is connected with.
Literally connect with one of the partners in mission - ie. a Children's home in Zimbabwe - and send an note of encouragement to the workers/officers there. Inquire how you can bless them in a tangible way and then follow through.
Don't just think about it. Let's do it!
Shalom
Elaine Gillingham
Booth on identity, strategy, and tactics:
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What is a Salvation Army Corps? - To this I reply that it is a band of people united together to attack and Christianise an entire town or neighbourhood. When an officer receives an appointment from headquarters, it is not contemplated that he shall deal merely with those who are already gathered within the walls of certain buildings, or with those who are already enrolled in our ranks, or with those who may be induced to come inside them; but it is intended that he shall be an apostle of the gospel to all those who live around. When you reach a station assigned to you, if it has not been done already, you should take your stand in that hall, or theatre, or tent, and draw a line around the breadth of population you can hope to reach, and make that your parish, and aim, with tears and prayers, and the trumpet blast of truth, and the power of the Holy Ghost, to convert and sanctify and enlist and disciple every soul within it.
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March20, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Catherine, for clarity:
"And what is our work? To go and subjugate the world to Jesus; everybody we can reach; everybody we can influence, and bring them to the feet of Jesus; and make them realise that He is their lawful King and lawgiver; that the Devil is a usurper, and that they are to come and serve Jesus all the days of their lives."
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posted by Stephen Court

Monday, March 20, 2006

assorted

http://phibetacons.nationalreview.com/
This link notes that Liberty University is the best debate team in USA (Christian school).

http://andrewcoyne.com/2006/03/be-leader.php
This is an analysis of Canada PM Stephen Harper's address to the troops in Afghanistan (you can get to the address from this link, too).

grace
stephenc
March 18, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Those who missed St. Patrick's day should visit Evelyn Clark's blog (Tartu Estonia top right) and read her March 16 post on metaphor.

You might also be interested in Jonathan Berkshire's latest blog (top right) on a notable cell meeting he attended last week.

Those interested in the Downtown Eastside's approach to substance abuse (safe injection, free heroin and now...) will want to read Rebekah Barnum's (top right) March 17 blog.

Those interested in the hcildren's war will want to visit Linsey New's blog (top right) and watch the video.

Those interested in our recent RAW should look at the photos over at Kirsten Ivany's blog (top right).

Matt Clifton (top right) throws down the holiness gauntlet to officers!

Lots to read over a Sunday afternoon.

grace
stephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Additional on Aggressive Christianity

Those interested in that debate can read this article from Council of War:
http://www.councilofwar.co.uk/archives/les-maquis-the-resistance
grace
stephenc
March 18, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

I received an email today from an older friend, who, without intention, makes a comment relevant to some of the blogospheric discussion happening now: "I sometimes fear that we are becoming a 'do as you like Army' which is hardly an Army at all."
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That is exactly the trend today (but, don't worry, the tide seems to be turning).

AND Commissioner Doug Davis (AUS) has a couple of nice quotes in the letters section of SALVATIONIST (blog roll on right):
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In The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran asserts: ‘There are those who give with joy and that joy is their reward. And there are those who give with pain and that pain is their baptism.’ I like Kenneth Taylor’s paraphrase of Luke 11:41: ‘Purity is best demonstrated by generosity’ (Living Bible).
http://www1.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/www_uki.nsf/vw-issue/2D700E8B8D16AE46802571340042449E?opendocument&id=7BB0495A3222346E80257134003F0B9A
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Longtime readers of armybarmy know that we agree with WB that 10% is the bare minimum, the place to start, for soldiers. IT works.

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posted by Stephen Court

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Catholics take another stand

Catholic Charities in Boston is going to quit working in adoption if they are forced (by the goverment) to send children to gay couples:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20060314-0633-gayadoption.html
So important is the Catholic social service arm in Boston that the governor is proposing an exception for Catholics.
The Catholics stood up for their beliefs in New York a generation ago and won there, too.
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Vocabulary Clarification

Often on this blog we use aggressive terms to decribe our mission. For those of other religions or worldviews peeking in, let me remind (or instruct) that these terms have to do with our conflict with sin and the devil.

We believe that people are captive to sin and the devil and need to be freed. Our combat is aimed against sin and the devil, not against people.

Our most effective aggressive strategy is LOVE.

God is helping us love people more.

It's all about love.

The good news is that each of us can be forgiven of our sins and freed from the devil's captivity by the love and power of Jesus Christ, best expressed by His death on the Cross and resurrection from the dead. In those mighty acts of love for you and me, Jesus conquered sin and death, and defeated the devil.

He commands us to repent of our sins and believe in Him (Mark 1:15). And then He invites us to follow Him (Mark 1:17).

Accept His invitation and it changes your worldview, your purpose, your present and future, your hopes, your tempers, your relationships, your destination, basically everything.

And we're very aggressive about the whole thing, hoping that every single person in the whole world can experience what we enjoy.

Are you interested?

If you have any follow-up questions, let me know (revolution@mmccxx.net)
Much grace,
StephenC
Gospel/ mission.

Our book, BE A HERO, was quoted in UrbanArmy blog and I've received some comment. Let me clarify:
1. 'Jack' wants to live a good, clean Christian-type life and hopes to influence his friends for Jesus through his good, clean examples. And I thoroughly believe that some of his friends go to hell, some because he never told them the Gospel, and others because they figured that their undercover Christian friend Jack lived a good, clean life, apparently without any supernatural input, and, thus, so could they.
2. We sell the Gospel short when we divorce it from the power inherent in it. The truth can save, but it can save more easily and more completely when embraced along with its power. When people see that Mark 1:15 is connected to Mark 17 it is quite persuasive and transformative.
3. Here is the context of the quote (speaking about the possibilities politically for the Church to use its authority):
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This could well be the Church’s finest hour - if we become strategic in our thinking and planning. However, if we abdicate the global arenas to the cults, then the solutions that world leaders come up will be demonically influenced, causing even more death and destruction. It is time for the Esthers, Daniels, and Josephs to take their places in the courts of power until, like Nebuchadnezzar, the world acknowledges that “Heaven rules” (Daniel 4:26).

What is at stake here is global authority as the Church is positioning for the great end-time harvest.

‘Mercy and justice’ is what moves people. For too long we've been pushing a message devoid of the guts of the Kingdom. For too long we're giving them thoughts and theories to get them saved, and then let them die.

The world disdains the empty message. If we will only do the works of Jesus, we won't have to speak much.

It is easy to throw in the towel and see our individual insignificance in the shadow of the mammoth problem. But together we become dangerous to the enemy.

Heroes in every generation, as the revivalists in Thoreau’s day, “were seized by a vision that faithful people are called to extraordinary lives of kindness and service, and they were not ashamed to announce to people that God calls them not to blandness but to heroics.”

And we need to see that we can be obedient to God and fulfill His purposes for His world. In His strength we can crush an army (Psalm 18:29). In His strength we can break the fangs of the wicked (Job 29:17). In His strength the heroic end-time Army can be deployed to see multitudes saved. Surely, the face of the earth changes as the hearts of its people are transformed. Be a hero. And may God accelerate the transformation!
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stephenC
March 17, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.
(hbJDG)

I think that this year's ROOTS theme is metaporphosis- transforming mission. Here's my take:

Transforming mission in our era must go beyond a cup of cold water in Jesus' name, as good as that might be. The big idea, the prophetic direction from Catherine Booth, is this: "He shall reign, whose right it is, from the River to the ends of the earth. We shall win! It is only a matter of time. I believe that this Movement shall inaugurate the great final conquest of our Lord Jesus Christ." Transforming mission seeks not to have an individual invite Jesus to come into her life, but to have that person accept Jesus' invitation to come into His life (Mark 1:17). (And we know Jesus is off seeking and saving the lost and destroying the works of the devil.) The transformative process applies to this individual as it applies, through her, to the world.

Our Father delights to give us the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God consists of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, but also of the wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit. He can most vibrantly delight in giving us the Kingdom when He can most confidently trust us with that Kingdom. Now, Rob Dolby says, "You can't earn God's love, but you can earn His trust." He's describing the impact of covenant. As we, in The Salvation Army, embrace soldier's covenant, we're positioning ourselves so that God can entrust us with the ingredients of the Kingdom and delight in the giving. And the ramifications of all of us embracing covenant should be globally transformative.
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stephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Friday, March 17, 2006

ironic?

It is interesting that there is a consistent push against against the "Salvation War' from within The Army. It may be ironic is that two of the lead thinkers for The Army in this generation, Phil Wall and Major Chick Yuill, have written influential books that emphasize the warfare reality (I'LL FIGHT: Holiness At War; THIS MEANS WAR).

Is this just the latest example of our lead thinkers being drowned out by the heavyweight Christian media/advertising machine that dumps non-salvo thought all over us in books, radio, tv, and CDs? If so, I'm surprised that Wall and Yuill were so easily discarded.

(Don't get me wrong- I'm a fan of both books and both guys, and think that we should all be reading them and weighing and debating their thoughts-- not necessarily buy it all- I don't-, but weigh and debate it).

grace
stephenC
THIS MEANS WAR

Comrades, I thought I'd let you know about the updated eStore at armybarmy.com, which features THIS MEANS WAR, as well as other valuable resources.

THIS MEANS WAR was written by Major Chick Yuill (UK) and addresses the controversial and too-often mysterious subject of spiritual warfare from a theological and practical perspective. While not an official SA position, it is a SA-commissioned perspective by a lead Salvationist.

If you've not read it, you can pick up a bunch of copies for your home group, cell, Sunday School class, or friends, at the armybarmy.com estore.

Much grace
stephenC
Battle School

July 4 - August 11 is the first Vancouver Battle School for teens in Canada's poorest postal code.

This is a five-week intensive warfare training experience that promises to train, inspire, challenge, and blow your mindset, and, maybe, your life and career plans.

There is more information on the events drop menu on armybarmy.com and an application at thewarcollege.com. Tell your teenaged friends.

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stephenC
March 16, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

(and for those in the neighbourhood- hptGodzilla)

There is a growing network of corps and outposts under the banner of 614, from Isaiah 61:4. And now there is a network to explain it all. Check it out at www.614network.com.

There is also a lot of buzz around emergent stuff in the Church these days (at least in my little circle). Of salvo versions I find that they don't have Sunday meetings, that they meet in cells in people's homes, that they have cafes (are cafes the Sunday School Bus ministry of the oughts?), they like non-stop prayer, and they push for justice. And then I conslude that by this description is emergent. Hmm.

Much grace,
Stephen Court
posted by Stephen Court

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Comment on Larry Ashcraft's blog (top right)

This is from a discussion on metaphor, and if the military metaphor really works...
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Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

I think the question is the wrong one. The military metaphor is not a metaphor. We're in a war. We're not in something that is similar to war (metaphor).

In fact, I'll go so far as to speculate that it is when used (solely) AS a metaphor that the warfare stuff is unpalatable (smells of make-believe and dress-up).

However, my comment is in response to Bret, who asks a popular current question, "Why is it that we all have to have the same identity, anyway?"

Briefly, we are most effective by customizing our style and approach for the fronts on which we fight. We already do this: corps are generically corps, but we call them citadels, temples, community churches, communities, etc.; and, with corps officers, who are generically corps officers and yet call themselves things such as pastor, commanding officer, cultural architect, apostolic overseer, chief story teller, etc.

But the key is that our identity in those examples is the same- corps and corps officer.

The bigger question is that of the identity of The Army. I suspect that readers don't want to rename it the gardening society. We've had some leaders in our territory who dislike the military vocabulary so much that I once blogged a suggestion I thought they'd like: "The Helping Group" (since they defined salvation so vague and broad that it became synonymous with 'help' and and since 'group' was vanilla enough not to offend most people).

I'd love each of us, from every stream, to consider if we can agree on this identity of The Army: a revolutionary movement of covenanted warriors exercising holy passion to win the world for Jesus.

Already, representatives of the church growth stream, the emergent stream, the trad stream, the primitive salvo stream buy into this identity, and yet use widely variant strategies and styles on local fronts.

Without unity in identity we lack the power to accomplish the international mission with which we've been entrusted (get me started on covenant another time!). Gordon Cotterill's blog (urbanarmy.blogspot.com) is addressing this issue from a different perspective right now.

God bless The Salvation Army.

Stay close to Jesus. Much grace,
stephenc
armybarmy.com/blog.html
Bale's Definition of Aggressive Christianity

(taken from Urban Army comments- top right). I thought I'd include it here (mentioned yesterday) in case some didn't bother to visit and read (and it is worth it- hat tip AB and GC). Andrew Bale writes:
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I think the problem is that in 2006 we are tempted to define 'Aggressive Christianity' in the Victorian context in which the term was first couched.

There was a very visible and physical aggression about the early SA pioneers. One can almost see them snatching the gin bottle out of the hands of the wavering seeker and smashing it on the floor before they’d had time to make their decision!

We need to come up with our own interpretation of what it means to be an 'aggressive' Christian in today’s world.

The best contemporary illustration I can think of is the now famous (almost mythical) story of Tony Campolo’s birthday party for Agnes (see: http://coe.ksu.edu/EDETC864/Students/Alan/birthdaycake.html )

To break into a community (hitherto closed to Christians)
To challenge a social evil in the name of Jesus (hitherto ignored by the establishment)
To befriend the friendless (bearing in mind that people are usually friendless for a reason!)
To plant a church in a churchless community
To trust someone who has never been trusted before
To embrace poverty (in true Railtonian style)
To live like an untouchable among untouchables in order to reach the untouchables

To me these would all be examples of contemporary 'aggressive Christianity' in that they all deliver a bloody nose to the devil. Basically to be an aggressive Christian is to boldly go (not where no man has gone before!!!) but where the devil thinks you have no right to be.

Aggressive Christianity by today’s standards must be (as it always was) a lifestyle not just a methodology or approach.
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stephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

more on Aggressive Christianity...

It looks like urbanArmy blog (top right) has made some useful clarifications on aggressive Christianity in the comments to the post of that name. Gordon C and Andrew B lead the way on straightening things out, and Andrew's modern-day working of Aggressive Christianity is worth reading (from Tony Campolo).

Much grace
StephenC
Making it in the Community

Praise God and give props to the Freeway Corps (Hamilton, Canada) for credibility they've built in a short time within their context. I was over at their site (frwy.ca) and stumbled across this blog (edited for length):
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The View is Hamilton's weekly alternative magazine.

This past week the cover story was about music, art, and social change in Hamilton. The article was entitled "For Women Who Like Women Who Like Music". We were shocked when we read the first paragraph:

"Economically depressed cities produce the best artistic communities because creating art is one of the most effective methods of stirring social change, pointing out injustice and uniting community... And with the flourishing Sky Dragon Centre and spaces like the Freeway Cafe, Pepper Jack's and the Casbah leaving their mark downtown, social activists are continually demonstrating that art and community, when passionately combined, can encourage social change.
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Here are the salvos mentioned (Freeway Cafe) as one of Hamilton's hot spots for artists and social justice in an alternative culture magazine.

Cheers, comrades!
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March 14, 2006.

Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

The anti-Brengles would hate the testimony I received from a friend (whom it is an honour to know) who, in the passing of his email, wrote, "Thankfully there is no such thing as _____ ______ outside of Jesus."
 
I say, Yahoo!

This is someone exuding love and passion. Selfless.

Holy.

hallelujah.
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posted by Stephen Court

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Long live SLB

Two friends just emailed me on holiness. It turns out they are both in the Brengle school. (me, too)

This is rare these days (though we're hoping that it returns to popularity in experience). I think most are afraid of the confident testimony, the blushingly bold experience (SLB- decades of holiness...).

Hallelujah!

To clarify, accurately, SLB is process, crisis, process (me, too).

You can't grow in a garden until you are planted in the garden. (planting being the crisis and growing being the process).

You can't grow into a coat until you put the coat on.

At some point Holy Spirit isn't filling you and at another point He is. He's in you at conversion and a growing part during the process of sanctification. But there is a crisis moment at which He fills you. After that there is a growth process that, theoretically, is accelerated (since He doesn't have to fight against the sinful nature).

The labour process might take many hours but the baby is born in a moment. And then it grows.

You can keep pouring water into a cup. At some point the cup is full. The trick then is to replace the cup with a pitcher, a bucket, a tub, etc. as spiritual capacity of the sanctified soul expands ...

Long live SLB

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stephenC
Justice and Aggressive Christianity

Justice plays an important role in aggressive Christianity.

I think it is so important that I wrote a book about it (BE A HERO). I've co-written three books and one is on justice and revival, one on leadership, and one on revolution (which has a solid justice component).

For those new to the BE A HERO thing, you could buy the book, but you could also go to the menu page on armybarmy.com and click on the BE A HERO page.

We've defined heroes as those who:

1. Pray the Bible
2. Sponsor a Child
3. Start a Children's Home
4. Advocate for the Marginalized
5. Take a Hero Holiday

We're trying to help mobilize 10,000 such heroes, believing that this type of discipline will help stir a revolution. How does it look on your home front? Pray the Bible out loud to God (the details are on the front page of the site). This is the proper priority, recognizing the supremacy of God and our desire to see His reign on this earth. Sponsor a child (there is a link at the top left of the front page of the site for you to sponsor a child through The Salvation Army- great deal- we recommend). Start a children's home (or invest in a children's project). This is Self Denial season in The Army and you can specify your investment to fulfill #3. Advocate for the marginalized. This can involve things like letter-writing or petitions or sign-waving or... And take a hero holiday, serving the more fragile in our world (a mission trip!).

Aggressive Christians, in the perspective of this site, are engaged in these endeavours. And the beautiful thing is that they complement the evangelism and discipleship, the deliverance and healing...

So, have at it, all you emergent aggressive Christians, all of you seeker-sensitive aggressive Christians, all of you 'traditiona' salvo aggressive Christians, all of you primitive salvo aggressive Christians- be a hero!
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holiness

Here is Brengle:
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Holiness is an "obtainment, and not an attainment; an act and not a process; a gift, and not a growth."
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I've said it before but...


prophetic trumps relevant.

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stephenC
March 13, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

For the record, I'm a big fan of Salvation Army camps. I'm led to believe that more people get saved at camps than in any other SA initiative. Praise the Lord. I'm one of them (hat tip- camp newport).

Just in case there was any question- Thank God for Salvation Army camps!
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posted by Stephen Court

Monday, March 13, 2006

March 12, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Gordon Cotterill (top right- UrbanArmy) is probably my oldest British friend. He posted an interesting blog today with which I'll interact:
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GC- It seems to me that the 'Aggressive Christianity franchise' is growing in TSA

sc- God grant it!

GC- unless they are the ones with the propensity to blog!

sc- I wonder if this is similar to Amercian media- the MSM (mainstream media) is heavily liberal in perspective, and that liberal dominance has squeezed conservatives into the blogosphere... The application here would be that the official SA organs are less aggressive (the mildest formation) while the bloggers are more aggressive. It is possible to conclude that.

GC- While collecting on Saturday for the annual appeal I thought I'd try it out in a conversation with a friend of mine who claims to be an atheist.

GC- "What would you say if I told you I was an aggressive Christian...?"

GC- "I'd tell you to p..s off!"

GC- You should try it - it really is encouraging!

GC- I probably need to get hold of the original Catherine Booth classic and also the contemporary version from Canada - if I am to get my head around this mindset.

sc- people can pick it up at the Estore on this site (I think). If not, they might be on sale at roots. I think Aggressive Christianity has sold more tha 5,000 copies in the first months of release (praise God and props to Catherine Booth and Cory Harrison).

sc from here on in...
I don't know how fair GC's approach is, though. I mean, Gordon's friend is a confessed atheist, and seems the kind of guy to tell people to p... off normally. Any conversation beginning with 'I'm a ______ Christian' might elicit a similar respone. If so, I wonder his response if I asked him,

'What would you say if I told you I was a Love Slave... ?' (SLB's term)
... missional emergent Christian? (the latest development)
... russian orthodox Christian? (one of the oldies)
... in the order of the pavement? (one pope's term for us?)
... liberal Christian? (not me!)
... conservative fundamentalist Christian? (not me, either, although Darren H did tell me Friday that I put the FUN back in fundamentalist)
... a Christ follower? (trendy term)
... primitive salvationist Christian? (me)
etc.

My point is that these terms are for Christians. Independents (those who don't yet depend on Jesus) lump us all together anyway (as they should?).

Two more:
1. in Gordon's neighbourhood (I've never been there but I've been reading his blog from the early days) I expect that the militant vibe is more easily acceptable than in the suburbs (people define their lives in terms like 'struggle' 'cause' 'fight' 'war' etc. - they do in the neighbourhood where I live, as sign bills alone attest); and,
2. I know lots of aggressive Christians who don't have to identify themselves that way- observers can tell, pretty easily. I doubt Catherine went around to sinner friends bragging that she was an aggressive Christian. But her aggressive love and evangelistic fervour made that pretty clear, pretty quickly.

Here's for the aggressive Christianity by any name, smelling like roses (aroma of life or odor of death, depending on whether or not you are downWind, as Paul once described it).
Much grace,
StephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Sunday, March 12, 2006

perfect preaching website.

:-)

Now, I don't preach often, but I'm a bit old school in style. We're trying to work something up now and I found a beautiful preaching site (they don't know it is a preaching site) called www.rhymezone.com.

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Chinese slavery

You might be interested in this news out of Australia on Chinese slavery:

http://www.rhi1000.blogspot.com/

(hat tip- Rhiannon).

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stephenC
614 Vancouver mission events:

I lifted this from Darren Hailes:
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Don't miss your chance to join some awesome mission opportunities coming up this year. Each is headquartered in the downtown eastside of Vancouver BC - North Americas poorest neighbourhood and a hotbed of addiction, prostitution and homelessness.

Booth-Tucker Institute - June 23-30, 2006
The third annual BTI is attracting applicants from various territories in USA and Australia, from colonel to local officer. This leaders' incarnational refresher has proven a wonderful spiritual re-charger for delegates as well a networking mecca for those seeking to share great warfare strategies. Apply online at thewarcollege.com (the BTI icon). 

The War College - Revolution session - September 2006 for twelve months...
Applications have now opened for the 2006/07 session of The War College and I challenge you to apply NOW while you have the chance. In Vancouver, the trappings of luxury are eerily juxtaposed with homelessness, wide open drug use, and prostitution. What an excellent location to invest a year of your life in training and fighting the Holy War! You'll spend nine months in the class room and on the street, before a three month deployment somewhere in North America. www.thewarcollege.com/admissions.html

Battle School - Tuesday 4 July - Friday 11 August, 2006
You don't have the time to wait until you have a bachelor degree or years of employment before you are prepared to lead the fighting on your home front. You need to get trained up now. You need to know from experience how to fast, pray, read the Bible, how to witness, confront demons and listen to God. Join us for a six-week crash course that will rush you through these imperitives in the context of simplicity, poverty and injustice.

RAW - Sunday 12 - Wednesday 15 March
An introduction to urban ministries for teens and young adults. Event includes worship, teaching and battle experience in the downtown eastside. One youth leader described the 2005 event as 'the most effective program I've seen in 20 years of youth ministry'. Features Jonathan Evans, Danielle Strickland, Michael Collins, Aaron White...
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more covenant

I fired this off to a group of officers today, and thought you might enjoy:
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Here is the latest installment of the covenant propaganda machine. For those who haven't been paying close attention over the last couple of years it is our conviction that The Salvation Army must embrace our covenants (soldiers and officers) if we are to be an effective great commission influence in the next generation. The context is this: we're not pushing for every unit to become primitive salvationist (that is the strain with which we, at our corps, have been infected), but we're pushing for a conclusion to the endless SA identity debate with this definition, that representatives from emergent through church growth to traditional salvos have been able to accept:

The Salvation Army is a revolutionary movement of covenanted warriors exercising holy passion to win the world for Jesus.

Can you buy it? Do you need a little more convincing?

You're probably sick of me going on about Rechabites and Nazirites (and mosquito bites), but I've stumbled on another Old Testament example, about whom the same great things can be said (Rob Dolby said this about covenant: You can't earn God's love, but you can earn His trust): David's mighty men- The Thirty:

1 Chronicles 12:
16 Others from Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold. 17 David went out to meet them and said, "If you have come in peace to help me, we are friends. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when I am innocent, then may the God of our ancestors see and judge you." 18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who later became a leader among the Thirty, and he said, "We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you." So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops.

I hope that God can use this to help give us all confidence in our covenant.
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March 11, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

hat tip to Michael R (top right) for the reminder on a foundation of Canada:
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Canada's motto, "A Mari usque ad Mare" (Latin for "From sea to sea"), is
taken from the Bible: "He shall have dominion from sea to sea and from the
river unto the ends of the earth" (Psalms 72:8).

The first official use of the motto in Canada was recorded in 1906, when it
was engraved on the head of the mace of the legislative assembly for the new
province of Saskatchewan.

Sir Joseph Pope later proposed it as the motto for the new design of the
Canadian coat of arms, which was approved in 1921.
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I just received a prayer update from David Demian (watchmen.org) about Canada and the testing that is going to hit families (natural and church and...). Those interested in details can check the site or email me (revolution@mmccxx.net). Let's be aware of what is happening in the heavenlies.

Much grace,
StephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Saturday, March 11, 2006

council of war- I've plugged this site before but it is an excellent resource for serious salvos. What a treasure! Check it out: http://www.councilofwar.co.uk/

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stephenC
Site details...

I've just taken a few minutes to look over the menu page of armybarmy.com - what a great resource! You should do yourself a favour and check out the links. And do a few friends a similar favour.

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stephenC

Friday, March 10, 2006

armybarmy updates

I've heard great news about increased use of armybarmy.com over the last few months. We want to make the site an effective resource for your salvation war.

To that end I'm psyched to let you know there are some updates to the main site, including;
- REVOLUTION- a brand new demo by TransMission. This demo includes a lead sheet so you can start singing it at your corps;
- I AM THE WAR COLLEGE demo video- it's just a first stab, so, a little rough, but inspired...
- the transitional (new) SA101 is now available;
- updated library page

Enjoy.
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adding to the basics (see previous blog below).

Hat Tip to Michael R for adding a little exotic ecumenism in the following quote which he offers to bolster the basics blog list:

"The Church can never be exempted from practising charity as an organized activity of believers and on the other hand, there will never be a situation where the charity of each individual Christian is unnecessary, because in addition to justice man needs, and will always need, love." - Pope Benedict XVI in Deus caritas est ("God is Love"),

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stephenC
The basics.

I was trying to describe our perspective to someone today and this is part of the description:

The basics for me are pretty orthodox:
salvation- ........repent and believe
sanctification- .repent and consecrate
discipleship- ...replicate
covenant- .......'You can't earn God's love but you can earn his trust' (Rob Dolby)
warfare- ..........'total war', using every weapon at our disposal (every gift Holy Spirit gives)
mission- ..........win the world for Jesus
The Army- ......is a revolutionary movement of covenanted warriors exercising holy passion to win the world for Jesus.
Comments to revolution@mmccxx.net or at primitivesalvationist.com blog (top right).

much grace
StephenC
March 9, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

I'm privileged to have met with one of the biggest heroes I know. The man is larger than life. He loves, evangelises, disciples, trains, empowers, equips, preaches, organises, deploys, pioneers, serves, forgives, heals, delivers. He gives hope, joy, purpose, motivation. He oozes discipline, strength, challenge, conviction. He's a lot like Jesus. Praise God for him. It is for people like him that the New Testament quotes Paul on imitation.

And what God commands, God enables.

Hallelujah.

grace
stephenc
posted by Stephen Court

Thursday, March 09, 2006

two news updates.

1. I just read in the current Time that the USA is refusing to send $48 million of AIDS-prevention cash to Brazil because it won't formally state that prostitution is dehumanizing.

2. The title of the newspaper story on The War College Monday is Offerng Prayer In A War Zone.

Nice.
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Debate!

While reading UrbanArmy (top right) I noticed a new debate with a blog I've not seen before today. I suspect you will love to read Matt Clifton's blog (it took me awhile to trace things back) at http://futurefireblog.blogspot.com/ on some important subjects.

enjoy.
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stephenC
Debate!

While reading UrbanArmy (top right) I noticed a new debate with a blog I've not seen before today. I suspect you will love to read Matt Clifton's blog (it took me awhile to trace things back) at http://futurefireblog.blogspot.com/ on some important subjects.

enjoy.
grace,
stephenC
PS

The Primitive Salvationist blog (top right) is getting busy - you might want to jump in the discussion.

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stephenc
March 8, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

There was a nice one-page story in the paper Monday on The War College: 24hrs.ca. http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/2006/03/06/1474888-sun.html

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stephenc
posted by Stephen Court
Long Walk to Freedom
There is a book by this name which tells of the remarkable journey of the South African people's liberation from apartied.
This morning I was continuing my reading of another people's journey to freedom. The nation of Israel from the land of Egypt. As I read I realized that any journey to freedom is an arduous battle. There are no easy roads, short cuts or quick fixes. When Moses first told Pharoah to let God's people go conditions for the people of Israel got worse not better. They are required to make the same quota of bricks with no straw being provided. God's promise is deliverance but instead bondage increases. Then over time God hits Pharoah with plagues. At first the Pharaoah is unrelenting. He will not give up his stronghold on the people. They're his and he won't let go.
From the perspective of the Israelites it looks hopeless. Even with God pouring out his wrath of blood water, frogs, hail storms, gnats, darkness, boils the Pharoah will not give up his grasp. The promised freedom is not realized. Slavery, bondage, hopelessness is still the Israelites portion. Salvation and deliverance are a myth.
But then in an instant salvation and deliverance are realized. A final blow hits the enemy and his grasp of the people is opened and they are released like calves from the stall. Not only do they recieve their passage out of Egypt but they also take with them the riches of their enemy - gold, silver, clothing. What seemed like an impassable mountain is conquered in a moment.
There are so many times that I experience the illusiveness of God's promises for me as an individual and for others around me. Yet this story reminds me of the process of salvation The process of coming in to the fullness of God's promises. We have to battle, contend, persevere, believe, trust, tarry in order to receive the fullness.
Our enemy, just like Pharaoh does not want to give up any ground. So he stands firm in his hold on us making us believe that things will never be different. We will never be free of a certain sin. We will never see our husband saved. We will never experience healing or the deliverance we are crying for. But that's his lie. His lies are to discourage us so that we give up and don't believe and fight for the promises that the Lord has told us.
More and more I experience God's truth. He tells me something. I don't see it and so many times I let it go because it's not happening. But then He acts on my behalf over time and the very thing He promised is established. He does this out of His grace and mercy because He wants me to grow in my faith and lay hold of the things He promises. So I will learn to contend, battle, believe and persevere.
This is a message for more than a few of you that are reading. He wants you to know that your salvation, deliverance and the fullness of His promises to you will be. Don't give up. Get into the fight and contend for the things that He has told you. They are the truth. You're just on the road to attaining the break through.
Shalom
Elaine Gillingham

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The blogosphere expands

My friend Andrea Castle is blogging now at http://andreathinkingaloud.blogspot.com/ so give it a look and comment. She talks of another brutal murder in our neighbourhood.

Much grace
stephenC
from Heather D (thanks)
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"The dawn of the New Century, although in reality little more than a sentiment, draws out my heart, and sends my spirit wondering after you, scattered as you are throughout the world, and prompts me to write you a line of counsel and affection.

DON'T WASTE TIME BY WORRYING OVER THE FAILURES OF THE PAST.

Let them go. One of the greatest men of modern times gave, as one of the reasons for his success, that he never spent time or energy in lamenting his failures. When he had failed in any of his various enterprises - and where is the man that does not fail at times? - he tried again in some other fashion.
That is the plan upon which I have acted, my Comrades. It has stood me in good stead. I recommend it to you. Always be aiming at some thing good and important to God and man.
Do your best for its attainment. If you fail to gain your object by one means, let that go, and with your whole soul try another, never departing from that Supreme Purpose to which you have committed yourself for Time and Eternity; namely, the Glory of your Saviour in the the Salvation of the lost."
~William Booth
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

March 7, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

I had the distinct pleasure this weekend to connect with a few comrades from each of the three sessions of The War College (it is in its third year). Those from the first two are in various cities fighting for Jesus. It is encouraging to see God's faithfulness in their lives that enables us to all share war stories of His victories in our lives for His glory.

Hallelujah. (hat tip to JI and JI for the occasion that made it possible. Also, hat tip to IR and CR for words of life).

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March 6, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

I had to go through a bunch of old stuff at my folks' place today, a memory lane experience. Sometimes it is easy to wonder how you get to where you are. Well, those boxes stuffed with nostalgia told a part of the story. One of the keepers was a t-shirt from my elementary school days that will look sharp on my son (if I can convince my wife).

But I praise God for all of the formative influences, too many of which were not included in the boxes, for putting and keeping me in the fight (some of you couldn't fit in the boxes- others are up in heaven).

Much grace
StephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Monday, March 06, 2006

March 6, 2006.

Greetings in Jesus' name, friends. Thanks for your patience yesterday without a post. I was at that sweet wedding to which Rob refered below, and couldn't get online.

You've heard me pump up the ACH youth who go by the name of WAR CRY. Anyway, you're not surprised that we're in favour of this type of warring vocabulary. I know of an intercession ministry that goes by the name of War Cry. It is growing and prospering in the War at a time that many of us (salvos) are a little embarrassed of the title on our magazines when we're selling them in the pubs (joke for most readers) or flogging them at our open airs (?) or reading them after the meetings.

I find it ironic that ministries associated with 'mega'-church are going militaristic at a time when some of us shy away. Maybe in a generation, once many of the churches have had a decade or so of established warfare-named ministries, some of us (salvos) will feel comfortable enough to try to claim back our birthright. But maybe then it will be too late.

Maybe not.

On we march with the Blood and the Fire.
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The bands have been tied.

Yesterday Joshua Ivany and Jennifer Burr were united under the Blood and Fire.

Their wedding was pure worship unto Jesus, the saints were gathered around them in extravagant worship so much so that Satan could not have gotten in the building if he had a horde backing him.

Josh and Jenn were surrounded by their families and I have never seen such a godly inheritance before. Their families laid out such a firey righteous foundation for them that their marriage will be one that brings heaven closer to earth.

God Bless the Ivany/Burr clan in their united effort to bring the knowledge of salvation to the perishing. I believe they will win ... As they continue to fight in the strength of the king.



Love Rob
Death and Glory Shock Troop

Saturday, March 04, 2006

March 3, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

The Thirty
Veterans of armybarmy blog know that we're big on covenant, believing it the only hope of having a recognizable Salvation Army in 20 years. We're usually on about Rechabites and Nazirites and have recently moved into Franciscans and Jesuits and Moravians and so on.

But Biblically, we're usually camped out on the Nazirites and Rechabites. But we recently discovered that David's Mighty Men, The Thirty of great renown, were covenanted up with David and God. The story is in 1 Chronicles 12:16-19, the key verse being 18:
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The the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of The Thirty, and he said, "We are yours, O David! We are with you, O son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you." So David received them...
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When we embrace the most hardcore covenant (I've been able to find)in history (that would be Salvation Army senior soldiership, for those distracted), God will feel more comfortable delighting in giving us the kingdom (as Rob Dolby says, 'you can't earn God's love, but you can earn His trust'). The covenantal experience of The Thirty is just more evidence of this Biblical truth.

Much grace,
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Friday, March 03, 2006

March 2, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Greater Commission.

Stats indicate that our population is now 6.5 billion. According to www.census.govv 41 people are born every 10 seconds, and 18 people die.

We've got to speed up our evangelism and deepen our discipleship.

God help us.

(they're projecting 9.2 bil by 2050)

Much grace
stephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Thursday, March 02, 2006

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant hapus!
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March 1, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

SALVATIONISM 101 is a course that has been used on five continents by hundreds of corps. It has undergone a few revisions and a new update is now available at the eStore (on this site). Those who purchased the course in the last couple of months can update for free.

This is transitional version, as we're still editing and working on layout. But it will fill the demand that we feel.

Thanks.

Grace,
StephenC
posted by Stephen Court

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Neuhaus and Osteen

First Things (top right) has a biting critique of speaker Joel Osteen (I'm guessing he is a famous speaker) that includes this classic soundbite of the show being reminiscent of;
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Richard Niebuhr’s terse comment on the theology of liberal Protestantism: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”
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Fans will be interested in reading the whole post.

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stephenC
Primitive/Emergent Salvo

Yes, that was the title of Phil Laeger's blog yesterday (top right). He's wise to the whole thing. He weds the two adjectives (there is so much similarity between the newest m/e corps in our division and us- from prayer rooms to cells to no public worship meetings to coffee shops to mission houses, etc.).

I don't want to put words into his mouth, but I wonder if he's suggesting what some thinking Salvos also know- that missional-emergent, and church growth, and trad brass band, and primitive salvos can all unite if their principles are the same.

One of the most effective 'contemporary' (I use the term for style/philosophy) salvo leaders in our territory can buy in to the following SA identity, the key for our agreement.

Even though he uses terms and programmes that you wouldn't see in my neighbourhood, they are effective on his front, and we agree that The Salvation Army is a revolutionary movement of covenanted warriors exercising holy passion to win the world for Jesus.

(unity in salvo mission is all about the covenant)

Who else is buying in? Everyone who can accept the definition is welcome (revolution@mmccxx.net).
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Battle Cry

(hat tip Cory H) Here is a pretty cool video clip you might want to show your people (just copy and paste in browser):

http://youth.sermonspice.com/catalog/product_info.php?format_selected=wmv&length_selected=long&play=1&products_id=1144
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"I am a threat to my enemy."

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stephenC
Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the War Room in Vancouver. It has been running non-stop prayer for two years today. Hallelujah.

When Carla Evans started it in early 2004 I think we all geared up for one hard week of 3-hour shifts. By a few days in, we were all enjoying it so much that the buzz was whether or not God would let us keep going.

He did.

It has become the hub of our corps. We praise God for His faithfulness, for His presence there, for the answers to prayers prayed there, for the dreams and visions and strategies born there, or the anointing and instruction there, and for the privilege of fighting there.

And to every warrior who has carried a shift- cheers!

Much grace
StephenC
February 28, 2006.
Greetings in Jesus' name, friends.

Here is a news report form Turin you may have missed:
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(Hilary White, TURIN, February 23, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com)) - After winning five medals at the Turin Olympics, Canadian long-track speed skater, Cindy Klassen says she owes everything to God.

"I've won a medal," she told reporters, "but that's nothing compared to the crown I'll get in Heaven. I see a lot of people in sports who think when they reach a certain level they've got it made, but really, you can only find happiness in the Lord."
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