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Essential reading for everyone linked to The Salvation Army // www.salvationarmy.org.uk/salvationist 8 December 2012 // No. 1376 // Price 60p // Also available digitally

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CONTENTS 3.

FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR

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4. PAPERS This week’s quotes from the papers and picture caption competition 5. – 11. & 19.

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Canada and Bermuda // West Scotland // France and Belgium // Driffield // London // Banbury // Murton // St Mary’s Hayling Island // Burnley // Wollaston // Willenhall // Margate // Paignton // Southampton Sholing // Bristol Bedminster // West Cornforth // Cambridge Citadel // Enniskillen // Hadleigh Temple // Govan // Hawick // Colchester Citadel // Dunstable // Malvern // Tunstall // Southsea // THQ // South Woodham Ferrers // 12. & 13.

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CAROL CONCERT PHOTO FEATURE

14. YOU’RE IN THE ARMY NOW In from the cold 14. REVIEW R Christmas Fantasia: The Music Of Andrew Wainright 15. BIBLE STUDY Advent of preparation 16. & 17. NEW COMMITMENTS 18. & 19. ANNOUNCEMENTS Army people, engagements and tributes 20. REVIEW R5Hawking, Dawkins And GOD 21. – 23. 24.

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HOW NOW, BROWN COW? IN the book The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, the 15-year-old narrator (who has Asperger’s syndrome and is a keen mathematician) tells one of the three ‘jokes’ he understands. It goes like this: ‘There are three men on a train. One of them is an economist and one of them is a logician and one of them is a mathematician. And they have just crossed the border into Scotland… and they see a brown cow standing in a field… ‘And the economist says: “Look, the cows in Scotland are brown.” ‘And the logician says: “No. There are cows in Scotland of which one, at least, is brown.” ‘And the mathematician says: “No. There is at least one cow in Scotland, of which one side appears to be brown.” ‘And it is funny because economists are not real scientists, and because logicians think more clearly, but mathematicians are best.’ I have written ‘jokes’ in inverted commas to indicate that, while you won’t die laughing at this extract from Haddon’s book, it might give you pause for thought. Science and religion are often in the newspapers these days. And regularly they are depicted as being at odds with one another. This is simply not true. For many years now, The War Cry has carried a series of interviews in which Major Nigel Bovey talks with eminent scientists who are also sincere Christians. If you have missed these, you have missed out. One of Major Bovey’s interviewees was John Polkinghorne, a former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge University. He is also an Anglican priest. He probably would like the above joke. On page 20 this week, Salvationist carries a review of a

new CD that features John Polkinghorne in conversation with gifted evangelist John Young. The CD, entitled Hawking, Dawkins And GOD, is a wide-ranging review of Polkinghorne’s life and faith, with particular reference to his response to the New Atheism. Talking about Richard Dawkins, for example, Polkinghorne says: ‘He’s very polemical. He’s trying to win an argument rather than see the truth... and in doing that he likes to set up straw men. [His book] The God Delusion has more assertion than argument in it.’ The problem is that seeing the truth about faith is as tricky as estimating the number of cows in Scotland and what colour they might be if our only evidence is gleaned via a fleeting glance through the window of a speeding train. Unfortunately, we still ‘see through a glass, darkly’. But as the Advent season continues to lead us to our celebration of the birth of Christ, we should pray for understanding and for the ability, humbly, to accept the simple truths of the gospel – to realise how much we cannot see and to trust that Christ came as the light for our darkness. Scripture gives us hope: ‘The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.’

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THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS SUPPORT FOR RE IN SCHOOLS

INTENSE REACTIONS CONTINUE

There is widespread public support for teaching Christianity as part of Religious Education in schools, according to a new survey – though teachers are often nervous about doing so. The YouGov poll commissioned by Oxford University’s Department of Education found that 64 per cent of adults in England agreed that children need to learn about Christianity in order to understand English history; 57 per cent agreed it was needed to understand the English culture and way of life and 44 per cent said they thought that more attention should be given to such teaching.

Days after the women-bishops vote, the reactions show no signs of diminishing in number or intensity, even though they contain predictably few new ideas. What has been unexpected is the degree of astonishment expressed by the general public. This was partly at the C of E’s inability to get its act together, despite years of debate, but largely, it must be said, at the suggestion that there might be something about women that disqualifies them from a particular post.

Methodist Recorder

BELIEF IN THE AFTERLIFE MORE COMMON THAN FAITH IN GOD

BISHOPS RESPOND WITH SADNESS OVER SYNOD VOTE ON WOMEN BISHOPS

From an editorial in Church Times

Disappointment, frustration and dismay reign supreme in nearly all of the reactions from Anglican bishops following the General Synod’s rejection of the motion to approve women bishops. Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Rev James Jones said: ‘Sadly the negative vote is a blow both to the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury and to the incoming Archbishop. I fear the next decade will envelop the Church of England in a mist which will make us more and more hidden from the rest of the world whom God has called us to serve.’

More people born after 1970 believe in life after death than in God, according to new research… Nearly half of respondents to a survey carried out… by the University of London’s Institute of Education said they believe there is ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ life after death, compared to just 31 per cent who said they believe in God… The findings also showed that 12 per cent found themselves believing in God ‘some of the time’ and another 14 per cent said they believe in a ‘higher power’.

The Church of England Newspaper

The Tablet

PICTURE CAPTION COMPETITION A New Forest pony stops to listen when Ringwood Band carols at Brockenhurst. Send your suggested captions for this picture by email to salvationist@salvationarmy.org.uk with the subject line ‘Picture caption competition’, or by post to Salvationist, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN. A selection of the best captions will be printed in Salvationist next month.

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NEWS General returns home to lead meetings and receives honorary doctorate CANADA AND BERMUDA GOD’S word was uplifted and people responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when General Linda Bond returned to Canada to lead rallies in Newfoundland and Toronto. Salvationists enthusiastically greeted the General at a public rally in St John’s, Newfoundland. More than 700 people crowded into the sanctuary of the Mary Queen of Peace church to welcome the General and to join in worship. Territorial leaders Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle (pictured with the General) and divisional leaders Lieut-Colonels Wayne and Myra Pritchett supported General Bond. St John’s Temple Band, Trinity Bay South Corps Worship Team, and St John’s Citadel Songsters supported inspiring and uplifting worship. Personal testimonies by George Skeard (Grand Falls Citadel) and YPSM Joanne Pardy (Mount Pearl Citadel) bore witness to the international vision of One Army, One Mission, One Message. George spoke with gratitude of his opportunity to serve with the Canadian Salvation Army mission team at the London Olympics. Joanne testified to the deep peace she has received through her faith at times of great crisis and also expressed the satisfaction of involvement in ministry to young people. In the General’s Bible message, Jesus Christ was uplifted and individuals were challenged to deepen their relationship with him and to renew their commitment to follow him in a world that is hungry for God’s love and compassion. The evening was crowned with a steady stream of seekers expressing their deepest

desire to accept the challenge of God’s word. The outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit and his anointing upon his servant, the General, were unmistakable. Two days later, in Toronto, excitement and anticipation filled the theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as hundreds of people gathered for a rally. The Territorial Commander made reference to the General’s Canadian heritage in his words of introduction and said: ‘With the warmth of our hearts we welcome you home.’ At the General’s request, a video promoting the Army’s worldwide prayer meeting was shown and the General encouraged all Salvationists to participate in this global initiative. ‘I believe an Army on the march must first be an Army on its knees,’ she said. The Friday evening rally featured Salvationists from the Ontario Central-East and Ontario Great Lakes Divisions, including Toronto’s Yorkminster Songsters, North York Temple Singing Company, Oshawa Temple Band and vocal soloist Karen Gross. A highlight of the programme was the performance of the Ontario Central-East Junior timbrelists, more than 30

strong, to Erik Leidzén’s ‘The Invincible Army’. Rebecca Minaker testified to her life-changing experience as a delegate to the first International College for Soldiers session in London, UK, and thanked the General for her support of this new venture. Gabriela Cravioto shared how she dedicated her life to Jesus Christ during an Hispanic family camp. In her Bible message, the General outlined what love for God means for his followers. ‘Love for God is a response. Love for God is obedience. Love for God is service,’ she said. She reminded those in attendance that the work they do as Salvationists is not done for the Army but for God. In response to the General’s invitation, many went forward to rededicate their lives to the service of God. On Saturday, the General received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Tyndale University College, Toronto. An alumna of the college, the General was introduced by Gary Nelson, college president and vice-chancellor, who stated that she had been chosen to be honoured in this way because she exemplifies the values, commitment and leadership

represented by graduates of the institution. ‘She is committed to the history, theology and mission of The Salvation Army,’ he said. Following the conferring of the honorary doctorate by Stephanie Ling, college chancellor, the General addressed those gathered: ‘I receive this honour as the General of The Salvation Army. The glory belongs to God.’ – W. B./P. R.

Because you’re worth it WEST SCOTLAND MAJOR Jenine Main (Central South DHQ) led the divisional Women of the Word weekend. Cumbernauld dance group, Kilmarnock singers and motherdaughter vocal duo Elizabeth and Lauren Haye (Govan) entertained the ladies during the Friday evening buffet. On Saturday, in a meeting themed Because You’re Worth It – Why Women Should Be Allowed To Be Aloud, 51 women explored how Jesus treated females. The rest of the day was spent in personal reflection and remembering those women in countries with little freedom and abusive relationships. – C. W.

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NEWS FEATURE Pictures: PAUL HARMER

Carol concert brings comfort and joy LONDON A FESTIVELY decorated Royal Albert Hall attracted a large congregation, who were filled with excited anticipation as the International Staff Band played ‘Joy To The World’. The band’s music was met with rousing applause, and signalled the beginning of Celebrating Christmas with The Salvation Army. Secretary for Communications Lieut-Colonel Marion Drew shared words of welcome as she introduced the theme of Comfort and Joy and acknowledged the presence of Chief of the Staff Commissioner Barry Swanson along with territorial leaders Commissioners André and Silvia Cox. The colonel explained that at the start of the Advent season we find ourselves preparing in many ways, but urged the crowd to remember to ‘share the message of Christmas in the world around us’. Throughout the evening there was ample opportunity to join in congregational carol singing, beautifully accompanied by the staff sections. Actor Nathaniel Parker known for his lead role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries was warmly received as host for the evening. He spoke fondly of his involvement in a previous carol concert, when his mother was in the audience, and expressed his gratitude

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for The Salvation Army as a Movement. Beyond the grandeur of the surroundings was the everpresent message of Christmas – the deep comfort and lasting joy we find, as we consider those still struggling in many ways. This message was highlighted by a video presentation from Gloucester House Addictions Rehabilitation Centre, Highworth, whose residents shared the deep sense of warmth, comfort and love shown by the Army. The International Staff Songsters delighted with an a cappella piece, ‘The Lamb’, expressing the tenderness of the Christ-child in sweet melody, contrasted by a chiming rendition of ‘The Little Babe’, once again showcasing the section’s versatility. Best known for his role as Dr Mac in the Channel 4 series Green Wing, actor Julian Rhind-Tutt presented the first of three Bible readings in a mesmerising telling of the nativity story, accompanied by the gentle sound of strings. A jazzy, uplifting rendition of ‘Comfort And Joy’ by the ISB evoked a generous laudation and provided a sense of joy for the evening. During the piece, some

paintings were shown. They were created by 88-year-old Eileen Godsave, an enthusiastic painter and resident of Bradbury Care Home, Southend-on-Sea, whose beautiful works of art have adorned many Army Christmas cards. Her story, about how she came to find comfort and a home with The Salvation Army after she lost her husband, was featured on film just moments before. Clarence Adoo (Newcastle City Temple) brought the message from Matthew 2:1–6 before the ISB presented the thoughtful and reflective ‘Bleak Mid-Winter’, preceding a musicpacked section of the programme. Elliot Launn (piano, Regent Hall) captivated the audience with music by Rachmaninov. His playing left the audience stunned, as did the performance by West End stars Kerry Enright and Jeremy Secomb, who have performed in Sister Act – The Musical and The Phantom Of The Opera, respectively. Their contrasting voices came together beautifully in ‘The Prayer’. Their powerful performance was juxtaposed by a much-loved Christmas spirit-inducing singalong led

by Bandmaster Richard Phillips (Kettering Citadel). Singing ‘Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer’ was a particularly memorable moment as the audience tried to keep up with their enthusiastic conductor. The staff band introduced a calmer moment with ‘Lo How A Rose’, which led to the message from the Territorial Commander. The TC acknowledged the harsh economic realities that people face each day, but said everyone has a lot to celebrate. In addressing the theme for the evening, he discussed how Christmas brings comfort and joy, but encouraged everyone not only to know Christ at Christmas, but also in the daily routine of their life. In signalling the end of the evening, Jeremy and Kerry returned to the stage to join the staff songsters in ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ and Lieut-Colonel Drew said farewells and thank-yous to those present, BBC radio listeners and supporters. To herald in Christmastime, the audience joyfully and exuberantly sang ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’. – K. R./L. B. O See photo feature on pages 12 and 13


NEWS Congress shows unity in diversity FRANCE AND BELGIUM THE Territorial Congress – held in Paris – was a significant event, being the first such gathering since the two countries were brought together into a single territory in January 2009. Guest leaders for the event, which drew crowds of more than 1,000 people, were Chief of the Staff Commissioner Barry Swanson and World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Sue Swanson. The congress theme was The Mission Continues: Let’s Dare For God! On arrival, everyone received a jigsaw puzzle piece symbolising that, while each person is part of a bigger picture, everyone is important and all must fit together. Congregation members at the Friday evening welcome meeting were encouraged to ask them-

selves: ‘What is my place in the mission?’ Territorial Commander Colonel Massimo Paone invited each person to take his or her place in this mission and to dare for God. The evening included multimedia presentations that provided an overview of all aspects of the Army’s ministry – social and spiritual – in the territory.

Hazel Dunham, Daisy Wood and Dennis Carter join Andy Peddle at Driffield as he raises £171 for anti-human trafficking and homelessness programmes on his walkathon

In his Bible address the Chief of the Staff emphasised that ‘commitment is not real if it does not lead to the mission of announcing the good news of Jesus Christ’. Saturday morning included something for all the family. Women shared with Commissioner Sue Swanson in an informal cabaret-style gathering, being challenged to be women of God, praising him in their daily lives and reaching out to others at whatever stage of their lives they might be. At the conclusion of a Bible study on the life of Miriam a number of women stood up to answer a call to be women who influence others for God’s glory. In an adjacent room men appreciated the Bible study especially prepared for them, while children were enthusiastically entering into their activities in another hall. Congress delegates were able to attend workshops on a variety of subjects. A highlight of the day was the plenary session, at which the directors for programme and the director-general gave presentations on the extensive social work in France carried out through The Salvation Army Foundation. Later more than 50 young people from Belgium presented a musical entitled MC, written and directed by Major Joël Etcheverry. The show, which told the story of MC (the initials of the

protagonist), gave a poignant plea for pardon and the demonstration of what God can do in the heart of one man. During the ‘After Ten’ youth meeting a number of young people went forward for prayer. On Sunday, the Chief ’s Bible message centred on the transfiguration and the importance of focusing only on Jesus. People streamed forward to the place of prayer in response to the invitation. In the final meeting, themed Working Together To Continue The Mission, Commissioner Sue Swanson insisted that, as in the parable of the great feast, ‘still there is room’ – we are called to be servants who have no shame in inviting others to come to Christ’s banquet. The territory’s eight cadets were invited to the platform and an appeal was given for people to offer for officership. Five young people went to join the group of cadets. Recently enrolled senior and junior soldiers were also invited to the platform and took their place, along with adherent members, in a visual testimony to the fact that the Army’s mission continues in the territory. Worship throughout the Congress was enriched by vibrant testimonies from young people and by items from the territorial band, a children’s choir, corps singing groups, a large united timbrel group and the congress choir. – R. M./C. G.

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Evangelism conference brings challenge

Bands support anniversary weekend

BANBURY

CELEBRATIONS for the 130th corps anniversary began on Saturday with an open-air meeting and march supported by divisional leaders Majors Darrell and Katrina Thomas and Sunderland Monkwearmouth Band. This was followed by a festival at the Methodist church. On Sunday afternoon Sherburn Hill Band led an open-air meeting followed by a programme. Throughout the weekend the meetings were well attended. – M. S.

CORPS members joined with others from Bicester and Oxford for the Go For Souls conference weekend. The hall was filled for the Pray For Souls event on Friday evening. People were challenged when Major Danielle Strickland (Canada and Bermuda) spoke on the call of Samuel. Saturday featured practical evangelism training and in the afternoon delegates went out into the surrounding area and contacts were made. Delegates prayed with several people and a recently released prisoner received practical support. In the evening a small group met in Oxford city centre and prayed with a number of people, including a man who wanted Christ in his life. On Sunday morning, a young man who had been the subject of prayer on Friday evening gave his life to Christ. In the afternoon, Lieut-Colonel Eddie Hobgood (IHQ, pictured) presented his production of Joe The Turk and challenged delegates to live unashamedly for Christ. A number responded at the mercy seat. In the evening celebration meeting at Bicester, Major Strickland challenged the congregation not to live under a spirit of fear, but to live in the Spirit of love, power and self-discipline. Many knelt at the mercy seat in reconsecration. – V. C. 8

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Members of Burnley Corps meet for a retreat led by Major Howard Webber; a six-week Contagious Christianity course preceded the weekend

Divisional Commander Lieut-Colonel Mike Caffull cuts the ribbon at the opening of Wollaston’s refurbished corps building. The Mayor and Mayoress of Wellingborough (Councillor Ken Harrington and Jean Harrington) and Lieut-Colonel Wendy Caffull supported


NEWS Music evening raises funds

Commissioners lead spiritual gifts weekend

ST MARY’S HAYLING ISLAND SOLENT Fellowship Band presented a fine evening concert at St Mary’s church, raising £1,000 towards the church building fund. Martyn Thomas (cornet) and Dan Redhead (euphonium) made their debut as soloists with the band, playing ‘Silver Threads’ and ‘Ransomed’, respectively. The varied programme included ‘Fanfare For The Olympics’ and ‘On Parade’ and concluded with ‘Finale From The William Tell Overture’. – D. D.

Time is spent at prayer stations

SOUTHAMPTON SHOLING

Anniversary concludes with cream tea PAIGNTON MAJORS Judith and Nigel Schultz led 130th corps anniversary weekend meetings themed Yesterday, Today, Forever: Jesus Is The Same. More than 100 people enjoyed an anniversary tea

COMMISSIONERS Ray and Judith Houghton presented a spiritual gifts weekend at the corps. On Saturday, corps members were encouraged and guided to identify and affirm their gifts, skills and talents and consider how they could best be used in building up the corps fellowship and God’s Kingdom. The Sunday morning meeting concluded with an opportunity for people to dedicate their gifts to God. Evening worship focused on a celebration of gifts and included soloists Thomas Jones (vibraphone), Dan Redhead (euphonium) and Tracey Jones (vocal). Gloria Lewis presented her own poem and Commissioner Siegfried Clausen contributed magic with a message. The band played ‘All That I Am’, bringing a reflective conclusion to a memorable weekend. – B. E.

followed by an evening programme in the style of The Good Old Days with a composite band and songsters, vocal soloists Ruth Condon and Melvyn Kirby and recitations by Anne Kirby and corps officer Major Denise Brine. Sunday worship picked up the themes Today and Forever and concluded with a glory march followed by a cream tea for all the guests. – D. B.

WILLENHALL THE 131st corps anniversary began on Sunday morning with a celebration of heritage and hopes for the future. Worship group Breakthru (Birmingham Citadel) led Sunday evening worship themed Celebrating The Past, Challenging The Present and Claiming The Future. Sam Ellison sang ‘Spirit Of The Living God’ and corps members spent time at prayer stations which included writing letters of encouragement. – M. H.

A message for everyone MARGATE ALVIN and Karl Allison presented Songs That No One Taught Us. The message was for anyone and everyone and the song ‘Come As You Are’ expressed the Army message in the all-embracing language of today. The programme was superbly emphasised through multimedia. – R. K.

BRISTOL BEDMINSTER: The corps enjoyed the visit of Chelmsford YP Band and Singing Company. Their contributions during the weekend included ‘Camp Ponderosa’, ‘He Is There’ and timbrel items. – R. C.

Andy Peddle visits West Cornforth on his walkathon tour and receives a cheque for £237

Captain was insightful CAMBRIDGE CITADEL CAPTAIN Andrea Cooper ( Jarrett Community Project) shared a dialogue in the morning meeting with ladies fellowship leader Lieut-Colonel Eveline Bateman. This was arranged by the corps following a visit by Major Anne Read (THQ) to the fellowship. The captain’s responses were insightful and passionate as she spoke about the demands of the programme and

the effectiveness of the ministry. The captain received gifts for residents from the corps and ladies fellowship and Commis-

sioner Judith Houghton offered prayer for the project and the wider work of anti-human trafficking. – M. W.

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NEWS Songs that no one taught us

Celebrating 60 years in the community

HADLEIGH TEMPLE

ENNISKILLEN

ALVIN and Karl Allison presented the multimedia show Songs That No One Taught Us. Visual displays coupled with old and new songs reminded the audience of the challenges presented to Salvationists in a modern world. Earlier, the duo performed at the Hadleigh Employment Training Centre as part of campaign week. – J. B.

HAVING withstood wartime closures and a landslide, the corps celebrated its diamond jubilee. On Saturday members of Lurgan Band joined the corps for a march of witness through the town and an open-air meeting. Later the corps band presented a festival at the hall. A special moment on Saturday was the honouring of Retired Corps Sergeant-Major Frank Allett with a certificate of appreciation and a 40 years’ long-service medal for his loyal ministry to the corps and community, including his assistance during the Enniskillen bombing in 1987. Lieut-Colonels John and Jane Hassard led Sunday meetings. In the afternoon, an informal youth concert was a highlight of the weekend. – S. D.

Massed festival of song GOVAN SUNDERLAND Monkwearmouth Songsters led songster weekend. The Saturday evening festival was themed I’ll Fight, and featured ‘In The Army’ and ‘Bound For The Promised Land’. Sunday morning took the theme Friends, and before lunch the corps YP band and singing company, along with members of the visiting songsters, presented a short programme at a nearby hospital. In the evening, a festival of praise brought the weekend to a close. – C. R.

COLCHESTER CITADEL: Citadel Gospel Choir from Southend Citadel presented a lively concert. Leader John Mitchinson delighted the audience with a vocal solo. – J. P. On its visit to Malvern, Peterborough Citadel Band proclaims the gospel at Morrisons

Uplifting African celebration DUNSTABLE

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THE African Choir and a singing group from Aldershot led the evening meeting with infectious joy and enthusiasm. The choir sang well-known hymns in the Shona language while the

singing group contributed ‘Under His Wings’. Aldershot Timbrelists brought two items and Dunstable Band played the march ‘Zimbabwe’. In his message, Territorial Envoy Stewart Madden (Aldershot) encouraged the congregation to leave their burdens with God; a number of people knelt prayerfully in response. – J. B.


NEWS Picture: KERSTEN RIEDER

Visual journey for celebration weekend TUNSTALL COMMISSIONER Keith Banks led the 130th corps anniversary weekend, beginning with a café fellowship on Saturday evening. The commissioner took corps

folk on a visual journey of his life, from childhood days to his service around the world. Guest David Dryden (cornet, Barrow-in-Furness) and Songster Dorothy Jones (piano) presented solos. Commissioner Banks (pictured) spoke of God’s grace and the need to continue the mission of Jesus in the area. – M. H.

Exhibition showcases how communication services aid ministry

Community Sunday round-up SOUTHSEA CAPTAIN Elizabeth Hayward (THQ) led Community Sunday, sharing her experiences of ministry in the Army’s International Emergency Services, including Myanmar and during the 2004 tsunami. The singing company contributed ‘Cry Of My Heart’ and the congregation sang ‘Except I Am Moved With Compassion’ to emphasise the captain’s message. In the evening, a multi-media presentation was shown chronicling chef Peter Collins’ parachute jump to raise funds for impoverished children through the community Christmas parcel appeal. Community Manager Melvyn Thomas spoke of the continuing goals achieved by the community programme. The band played ‘Faithful God’ and the songsters sang ‘You Are The Light’ to conclude the day. Corps officer Major Mary

THQ

Wolfe is pictured with Melvyn Thomas, Captain Hayward and

members of the corps community centre team. – T. M.

Ladies from South Woodham Ferrers Home League pose with packed Christmas boxes for children in Iasi, Romania

A CROWD gathered to peruse displays showcasing how The Salvation Army communicates internally and externally. Representatives from Ecumenical Affairs, International Heritage Centre, Schools and Colleges, Publishing, Video Production Unit, Media and Public Relations, Public Affairs and Marketing and Fundraising were present. The event included a demonstration of the new Salvationist app by Major Jane Kimberley (THQ). Secretary for Communications Lieut-Colonel Marion Drew commented: ‘This event is a good opportunity to present how Communications Services can link with other Salvation Army ministries’. – K. R.

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YOU’RE IN THE ARMY NOW and REVIEW

IN FROM THE COLD Chris O’Brien, Dunstable, tells his story I AM the man who came in from the cold and found salvation. I moved from London to Dunstable nearly ten years ago now. I made the move for personal reasons and I think I’ve had too many bad memories to recall all of that now. I reckon a bad, unhappy and lonely past is best left in the past; I have had one disappointment after another. So there I was. No work, no home and left out in the cold again. It made me think of when I was a young teenager in the Seventies; being young and on the streets of London was not good. And there I was again, with no friends to talk about and no family nearby to talk to or turn to for help, thinking: life shouldn’t be this difficult! After months of renting single dead-end rooms, I found myself a

place to live in a mobile home in Totternhoe. Well, the caravan was much better than walking the streets and I really didn’t want to be in that predicament again. Being homeless isn’t much fun, no matter how homeless you are. I was very low – depressed, cold and hungry. I found myself praying to God for help because as a small child growing up I remember my mum saying: ‘God bless you, son.’ I wasn’t too pleasant to look at; I had grown an ugly beard and

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I FINALLY PLUCKED UP THE COURAGE AND WALKED OVER TO GOD THROUGH THOSE BEAUTIFUL DOORS

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was wearing this stupid, ridiculous hat. To take myself out of the depression I would go for long walks up the hill, out of the village and on to Dunstable. I would find myself time and time again sitting on the wall opposite the Salvation

AN UNASHAMED CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS Kevin Ashman (Music Ministries Unit, THQ) reviews Christmas Fantasia: The Music of Andrew Wainwright THIS new recording by the Virtuosi GUS Band provides not only an excellent programme of Christmas music, but also offers a fine showcase for Andrew Wainwright’s ability as an arranger. His music is gaining popularity with secular and Salvation Army bands. Under the direction of John Berryman, the band’s performances are all carefully crafted with excellent playing throughout. Special mention must be made of the particularly fine individual contributions from soloists James Fountain (cornet), Mark Giles (euphonium) and Nathan Waterman 14

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Army hall, just looking over at the happy faces coming and going. I remember thinking: I would like to have that life. I can’t really explain it but something kept telling me to go to The Salvation Army. I would like to think it was God’s way of saying: ‘Chris, you’ve had your share of bad luck and heartache.’ I finally plucked up the courage and walked over to God through those beautiful doors. That was the greatest day of my life! I can remember I saw this lovely smiling face looking at me. The smiling face belonged to corps officer Major Carol Evans, who is now a good friend. I still think, if it wasn’t for that day God knows where I would be now!

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(tenor horn). The inclusion of vocal star Faryl Smith on the recording is an added bonus on what is already an enjoyable CD. Her two solos, J S Bach’s ‘Ave Maria’ and the everpopular ‘Silent Night’ are beautifully sung – and Andrew’s treatment of the accompaniments is equally lovely. Some of the music used is drawn from less familiar repertoire, but the international flavour given to the recording by such items as ‘The Huron Carol’ and a number of Christmas pieces from Europe certainly add to its appeal; they are all worthy of inclusion on an unashamed celebration of Christmas. This CD is an excellent Christmas listen and I highly recommend it. O

Christmas Fantasia: The Music of Andrew Wainwright is available from SP&S priced £13.95 (plus £2.95 postage and packing)


BIBLE STUDY

Advent of preparation Major Heather Coles presents the second in a series of studies for Advent written by four UK officers serving overseas

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UT when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship’ (Galatians 4:4 and 5 all quotations from New International Version). The Advent season is about Jesus and his coming. It’s a time of preparation: gifts and food to buy, rooms to make ready for visitors. There’s a lot of rushing around and things to be done. Here in Jamaica it is no different! Preparations have to be made. From June to November we are in the hurricane season, which also means we have to be prepared; water and emergency food have to be stored, torches and batteries ready, roofs checked and so on. In the children’s home, the children are busy preparing for their Christmas concert. They practise their items: there are solos to be sung, recorders to be played and dances to be performed in front of people from the community. This is followed by a feast – usually chicken, rice and peas and Christmas cake. On Christmas Eve the Grand Market takes place. Shops stay open all night, people gather, greeting one another and doing last-minute shopping. It’s a time of fun and laughter. But when we think of God and the preparations he had to make for the coming of his Son into the world, all our preparations are nothing. One of God’s amazing preparations was making sure that his Son had the right parents. God chose Mary to be his mother, and Joseph to care for Mary

and Jesus. Mary listened to God with complete sincerity and offered herself as the Lord’s handmaid (Luke 1:35–55). She believed that the Lord would fulfil the promises he had made to her. And so, with her consent, the Word became flesh. Jesus the Son of God entered our world. God’s only assurance to Joseph came in a dream in which an angel told him that Mary had conceived by the Holy Spirit. Like Mary, Joseph was asked to trust in God and responded to God’s invitation in faith (Matthew 1:20 and 21).

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God also wanted his people to be ready for the coming of his Son, and so he began to speak to them through the prophets. These messengers from God proclaimed that a Messiah would come: ‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel’ (Micah 5:2). Isaiah told the people: ‘For to us a child is born’ (see 9:1–7). Everyone knew that the Messiah would come; they just had to be ready.

God set his plans into action, and used the census of Caesar Augustus and the movement of a whole population to carry Mary and Joseph to exactly where he needed them to be for the birth of his Son. Even though God made these amazing preparations and the people knew that the Messiah was coming, they still weren’t ready: ‘He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him’ (John 1:11). Many refused to believe that Jesus was the Messiah; King Herod tried to kill him soon after his birth, and, later in his life, Jesus was despised, rejected and, in the end, crucified. In this Advent season, we ask ourselves if we are prepared for Jesus. Are we ready to welcome him into our lives? Is he at the centre of our Christmas celebrations, or are we more concerned about the material side of Christmas and the gifts we will receive? Advent is not simply a countdown to Christmas. It is a time to prepare to receive Christ, his forgiveness of sins and the bringing of new life, for ourselves and also for our friends and neighbours.

MAJOR COLES IS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR, WINDSOR LODGE CHILDREN’S HOME, KINGSTON, JAMAICA Salvationist 8 December 2012

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1. & 2. RACHEL MILDEN, SILVIA BUNNEY Soldiers DEVONPORT MORICE TOWN HAVING been welcomed as an adherent member last year, Silvia decided to become a soldier after attending a Freedom in Christ course and gaining a new realisation about God’s people being saints. In her testimony she spoke about everyone having gifts and that everyone is needed in the ministry of the corps. She faithfully exercises her own gift of service at various corps events. Ever since friends invited Rachel and her two daughters to their child’s dedication ceremony in January, they have worshipped at the Army. After a course introducing Army history, beliefs and practices, Rachel felt called to soldiership and testified to the impact of Isaiah 43:1: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.’ Rachel and Silvia were enrolled by corps officer Major Lori Richards. – A. R.

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3. JOHNO QUICK Junior soldier LEIGHTON BUZZARD FALLING out of a tree and breaking his arm the week before his enrolment did not dampen Johno’s enthusiasm and drive to become a junior soldier. His love of Jesus is reflected in his lively personality and he proudly read the junior soldier’s promise to family and friends who were supporting him. As he knelt to sign his promise, Johno’s three sisters sang ‘In His Time’. Corps officer Captain Michael Bainbridge enrolled Johno as a junior soldier. – A. Q. 4. GORDON BUCHANAN Soldier BUCKIE GORDON grew up in the Army, but left as a teenager and got into trouble. Not being proud of his past, he made contact with another church and his life started to turn around. His visits to an occasional Army meeting, helping out at the kids club and subsequent attendance at youth councils led to a realisation that his commitment needed to be stronger. Gordon was enrolled by Major Fiona Partland (DHQ) and welcomed into the fellowship with prayer support. – C. B. 5. & 6. BERNARD KILLORAN, DOROTHY KILLORAN Adherent members MIRFIELD DOROTHY has been associated with nearby Brighouse Corps over many years, but family circumstances prevented her and her husband, Bernard, from attending regularly. When their daughter and family returned to Mirfield they were able to attend again and became actively involved in corps life and ministry in the charity shop. They felt their faith deepening and wanted to confirm their commitment to God and the corps. Corps officer Captain Ian Davis welcomed Dorothy and Bernard as adherent members. He also presented them with silver stars in recognition of the commissioning of their daughter Lieutenant Diane Pryor (Kendal) as an officer. – J. L.

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7. & 8. OLIVIA RILEY Adherent member ELIZABETH KING Soldier CARL KING Junior soldier BLACKPOOL CITADEL MOTHER and son Elizabeth and Carl returned to the corps after moving back to Blackpool. Both participate in various YP and corps activities. Elizabeth testified to God’s love and a realisation of her place in his Kingdom; Carl added that they helped each other prepare for this special day. Olivia grew up in the Army and decided to follow and serve the Lord with a further commitment. Following the enrolment and welcome of Elizabeth, Olivia and Carl by corps officer Major Jean Harris, corps folk added prayer threads to keyrings as a promise to uphold all three in prayer. – I. H. 9. FRED WITHAM Soldier MALDON GOD did not mean much to Fred until he began helping his wife clean the Army hall. He started to attend special events at the corps and suddenly found himself taking part in Discovery Classes. It was there he gave his life to Christ and decided to become a soldier. Fred was enrolled by corps officer Major Stephen Huyton. 10. JOSHUA HOOK Soldier DISS AS the child of Salvationists, Joshua has attended the Army all his life. After attending his first youth councils, he clearly felt God leading him to become a soldier. In his testimony Joshua thanked his parents and grandparents for their example and encouragement on his Christian journey. Surrounded by family and friends, he was enrolled by corps officer Major Barbara Fawcett. – I. F.

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11. – 13. JESSICA COTTERILL, LEANNE SHARP, CHLOE BARNES Junior soldiers BARTON-ONHUMBER CORPS officer Captain Anita Cotterill enrolled three new junior soldiers, who were supported by family and friends. Leanne first attended Sunday school about 18 months ago following an invitation given to her mother and little brother to join the parent-and-toddler group. She soon felt at home at the Army and loves to be involved in corps life. Chloe has recently returned to Sunday school after contact was re-established with the family. She said that she couldn’t wait to become a junior soldier and loves to learn about Jesus. As the daughter of officers, Jessica has attended the Army all her life. She testified to loving God. – N. C. Salvationist 8 December 2012

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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE APPOINTED Effective 17 October: OMajor Sandra Frost, Chaplain, Glebe Court, London Effective 8 November: OMajor Morag Watkins, additional appointment, Chaplain, The Booth Centre, Southampton Effective 15 November: OMajor John Parrott, additional appointment, Newry LOCAL OFFICER APPOINTED Vic Watts, Clevedon

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Loveless, Reading Central, of her husband Wilfred

RETIRED OFFICERS Birthday congratulations: OColonel Michael Pressland (80 on 18 December) PROMOTED TO GLORY Trevor Tribble from Exeter on 23 November OMajor May Robinson from York on 29 November OMarjory Potter, Helen Murray, Edinburgh Gorgie OColonel

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DEDICATED TO GOD and Theo, sons of Lieutenants Will and Debbie Pearson, at Woking by Majors Rik and Chris Pears OMia Louise Bonner and William Andrew, children of Andrew and Kerry Piper, at Leicester South by Major Chris Herbert OBen

BEREAVED OMajor Wendy Goodman, Ipswich Priory, of her father Lloyd OMuriel Foot, Wimbledon, of her husband CPR Ron Foot, Major Anne McNally, Hoyland Common, and Jill Foot of their father OCPR Hazel Thompson, Stotfold, of her husband Malcolm OBandsman Stanley Gladwell, Ipswich Citadel, of his sister Kathleen (Bunty) Ambrose ORosemary Romeril, L’Islet, of her father Ronald Gaudion OMary Armstrong, Guisborough, of her husband Henry

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Radio 4 (92-95, 103-105 FM and online at bbc.co.uk/radio4): Sunday Worship (8.10 am), led by Commissioner William Cochrane (IHQ), will be broadcast from Regent Hall on Sunday 9 December.

TRIBUTES ROBERT (VICTOR) CRAIG, BOSCOMBE VIC was exceptionally gifted, and blessed with many skills. He assisted his father in the family building business before feeling a divine call to enter primary teaching at the age of 46 – eventually becoming head teacher. Vic married May after the death of his first wife. Together they became active members of the United Reformed Church, where Vic was an elder.

ENGAGEMENTS GENERAL LINDA BOND: OSouthern Africa, Mon 3 Dec - Tu 11 OUK, Westminster Abbey (Whitehall carol service), Wed 19 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: OWest Scotland, Sat Sun 9 Dec OStepney, Fri 14 OCroydon Citadel (South London Retired Officers Fellowship), Fri 4 Jan 2013 THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: OWilliam Booth College, Th 13 Dec OWestminster Abbey (Whitehall carol service), Wed 19 COMMISSIONERS TORBEN AND DEISE ELIASEN: OUSA Southern, Sat 8 Dec - Wed 12 COMMISSIONERS ALISTAIR AND ASTRID HERRING: ONew Zealand, Fiji and Tonga (including Commissioning), Sat 1 Dec - Th 13 COMMISSIONERS ROBERT AND JANET STREET: O Switzerland*, Th 13 Dec O UK, Hemel Hempstead (morn), Sun 16 *wife will not accompany

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After moving to Bournemouth friends invited them to the corps, and they were enrolled as soldiers four years ago. They have recently participated in the BH1 project, a new corps venture helping the disadvantaged. Vic was a kind, dignified ‘gentle giant’, who made many friends and was greatly loved and respected by everyone. He was 81. – M. C.

LESLIE DUNLOP, NORTHAMPTON CENTRAL LESLIE was promoted to Glory at the age of 89. He did not come into close contact with The Salvation Army until one evening in his late seventies, when he entered into conversation with a War Cry seller in a public house who invited him to attend a meeting. Living on his own close to the hall, Les soon became a regular attender. A former corps officer’s tribute, read at his funeral, said: ‘Les was a gentleman who we loved very much. He was always willing to do anything, however menial. We were delighted when he told us he wanted to become a soldier.’ Les was a former Grenadier Guardsman and wore his Salvation Army uniform with pride. – G. S.

BAND RESERVIST GORDON TOVEY, STAPLE HILL BORN in Bristol in 1928, Gordon loved growing up on a smallholding. He cycled to meetings with his cornet strapped to his back. He met Sheila through the Army. They married in 1956 and had two children, Kevin and Michelle. He adored his three grandchildren and showed much interest in all they did. Attention to detail and absolute precision were hallmarks of his work as a mechanical engineer. Banding was a huge part of his life, especially his beloved bass. Gordon played with Bristol Easton Band for some time and taught many young people to play instruments. A quiet and dignified Christian and committed Army bandsman, Gordon was a true soldier of Jesus Christ to the end. – V. W.


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS RON BOND, SUNDERLAND MONKWEARMOUTH RON was promoted to Glory after a short stay in hospital. At Ron’s thanksgiving service, corps members paid tribute to his gentle, welcoming and friendly nature. A Salvationist in his youth, Ron returned to the Army in latter years after following the band back to the hall. God blessed Ron with a smile and a compassion that made him ideally suited to be a vital part of the welcome team. As one tribute said: ‘No one crossed the threshold without encountering Ron, with his warm handshake and cheerful greeting.’ – G. D.

VICTOR RICHARDSON, POTTON VIC was born into a Salvationist family in 1921, and was a corps member all his life. At various times he served as songster leader, YPSM and CSM. Vic started a transport business in 1955,

and became well known and popular in the surrounding area. Most of his drivers stayed with him for a long time and, although many years since he retired, several were present at his funeral service. After his wife died in 2010 Vic lived in a care home, where he was well loved and respected by residents and workers. He died after a brief time in hospital and is remembered as a much-loved father, grandfather, brother and uncle. - V. R.

BAND SECRETARY GEORGE BLACKWELL, RINGWOOD GEORGE was born into a Salvationist family in 1928. He attended the Army in Wolverhampton before transferring to Willenhall as a teenager, serving the Lord as a bandsman, songster pianist and organist. He married Gladys in 1952. They were blessed with a daughter, two sons and two grandchildren. Retiring to Ringwood – along with all the family – George continued in the Lord’s service as band secretary. He also played in the Bournemouth Area Fellowship Band.

United celebration of music SALE BESSES O’ Th’ Barn Band joined Sale Songsters in concert to raise funds for the Association for Glycogen Storage Disease. ITV’s Rachel Townsend compèred the event. The band played Leslie Condon’s ‘Celebration’ and the songsters sang John Rutter’s ‘For The Beauty Of The Earth’. Guest Black Dyke musician Gary Curtin (pictured) delighted the audience with euphonium solos, including ‘Vallflickans Dans’ and ‘Bravura’. The evening raised £1,100. – E. Y.

He is remembered for his sense of humour and smile – especially by the young people he worked with in the Music Makers group. George remained faithful to God throughout his illness. – G. B.

MARJORY POTTER, EDINBURGH GORGIE A LIFELONG corps member, Marjory was No 2 on the roll. Her sister Lottie is No 1. Marjory’s calm and willing response to her duties and her love for the young people set an example of Christian witness and service which left an indelible mark on the lives of all she met. She was instrumental in setting up such activities as the Mums & Tots group in the 1970s, which continue today. Professionally, Marjory was one of the first women in Scotland to become a building society manager, and used these skills to great effect as YP treasurer for many years. - K. R. Please note that soldiers’ tributes submitted for publication should be no longer than 120 words. Good quality pictures will be included with tributes.

US musicians lead workshops BANGOR MEMBERS of the New York Staff Band leadership team visited for band weekend. Chorus Leader Dorothy Gates and Bandmaster Ronald Waiksnoris conducted a series of workshops during the week and introduced some of their own compositions.

Sunday morning was a time of praise, reflection and teaching as Bandmaster Waiksnoris contemplated the message in Eric Ball’s ‘Constant Trust’. The weekend concluded with a vibrant festival of praise. – C. T. CANTERBURY: Corps folk performed The Blood Of The Lamb at St Anselm’s Catholic School, marking the centenary of the Founder’s promotion to Glory. – G. B. Salvationist 8 December 2012

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REVIEW

PASSIONATE, PROFOUND AND CHALLENGING The Right Rev Richard Frith, the Bishop of Hull, reviews Hawking, Dawkins And GOD, a CD produced by York Courses, featuring John Polkinghorne in conversation with John Young THIS CD is brilliant! If you are one of the many Christians who view science with fear rather than confidence in it being a gift from God, it is for you. If, like me, you are pretty clueless about science but want reassurance that being a Christian doesn’t require intellectual suicide in relation to science, listen to it. If it bothers you that research indicates that a large majority of 16-year-olds – particularly boys – believe that science has disproved religion, it is for you too. If you are a seeker after truth, who would love to see science and religion as friends and not enemies, it will set you thinking. If you would feel encouraged to hear a conversation between two warm-hearted, humble but confident, outstanding Christian communicators, you will find this CD to be excellent value. John Polkinghorne is a former professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge University. He is also an Anglican priest. John Young was formerly York Diocesan Evangelist. He is a gifted evangelist, gentle but persuasive, and superb at drawing the best out of those with whom he is talking. The CD is a wide-ranging review of John Polkinghorne’s life and faith, with particular reference to his response to the New Atheism. He speaks of Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens respectfully but critically. About Richard Dawkins he says: ‘He’s very polemical. He’s trying to win an argument rather than see the truth... and in doing that he likes to set up straw men. The God Delusion has more assertion than argument in it.’ Polkinghorne knows Hawking well and has great respect for him, admiring his courage and persistence in living with motor neurone disease. But he describes Hawking as naive in matters of theology. There are, says Polkinghorne, a significant number of practising scientists who hold the Christian faith. Young quotes Howard Jacobson, who said: ‘The fact that so many of mankind’s best thinkers, artists and even scientists have believed in God is not itself a reason to believe. But it should prevent our thinking that God is for the uneducated and gullible. And it certainly can’t be that we were all fools until Dawkins came along.’ Polkinghorne says that he thinks science purchases great success by the modesty of its ambition. ‘It isn’t trying to ask and answer every question. It tells you 20

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how things happen, but it doesn’t say whether something’s going on in what is happening – is there meaning or purpose or value going on?’ In talking of his own faith, Polkinghorne acknowledges the seriousness of the question: ‘Why a world in which there is suffering?’ He describes it as the most challenging question to religious belief. He admits there is no simple, one-line answer that removes all the difficulties. At the heart of his faith is his focus on Jesus: ‘In the cross of Christ we see God himself, having lived a human life, stretching out his arms to embrace the suffering of the world.’ The conversation also touches on the possibility of life on other planets. ‘If there are little green men who are in need of redemption, then the divine Word will take little green flesh for their redemption, as we believe the divine Word took our flesh for our redemption.’ But Polkinghorne returns to his own faith in Christ, expressed in a way that is humble but passionate, intelligible but profound, reassuring but challenging. This CD will be as well spent an hour as you can have. O

Hawking, Dawkins And GOD is available from yorkcourses.co.uk and costs £5


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Through the week with ‘Salvationist’ – a devotional thought for each day Saturday ‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18 New International Version)

how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

In my joy I thought that the saints above Could be hardly more favoured or blest.

(Matthew 11:28-30 The Message)

‘Jesus… said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said.

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Sunday This spring with living water flows And heavenly joy imparts; Come, thirsty souls, your wants disclose And drink with thankful hearts. (SASB 254)

Monday Are you tired? Worn out? Burnt out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you

While in his dwelling-place I stay, A favoured and contented guest, His angels hold a charge divine To keep my feet in ways of rest. The guest of God! What ecstasy That I should share his sanctuary! (SASB 728)

Wednesday Then he spread a feast of redeeming love And he made me his own happy guest;

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(Matthew 14:27-29 New International Version)

Friday Feed me with the bread of Heaven, Fill me with thy love divine, Fit me for yet wider service, Finish, Lord, this work of thine. (SASB 531)

Praying around the Army world… Brazil Pioneer officers Lieut-Colonel and Mrs David Miche unfurled the Army flag in Rio de Janeiro in 1922. Headquarters is in São Paulo. The territory, led by Commissioners Oscar and Ana Rosa Sánchez, comprises 136 officers, 46 corps, 35 social institutions, 1,858 soldiers, 83 adherent members and 482 junior soldiers. Pray that the dedicated work in the territory’s most needy communities may have a profound, transforming effect to combat crime, trafficking and ignorance and give the people real hope for the future.

Loch Morlich, Aviemore. Picture: PAULINE WILSON


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