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Journey to Officership: Candidate Video

As I finish my full application for training this next week, I thought I would share my finished Candidate video with you.  This is a newer requirement for Candidates which gives the soldiers and officers of the Territory the opportunity to get to know the Candidates and pray for them.  I hope you will enjoy my video and continue to pray for this process. )

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Salvation Army Quirks #4 – The Fanatical Sunbeam

Sunbeams are an interesting bunch in The Salvation Army.  These are elementary-aged girls who meet each week to work on emblems – it’s the Army’s version of Girl Scouts.  While Adventure Corps gets the badge work done that they need so they can go play basketball, the girls diligently work on their emblems and go beyond the requirements. But there’s always that one Sunbeam.  A name or two will probably pop into your head when[…]

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You Retweet Too Much

For those of you that don’t know it (or haven’t figured it out by now), one of my hobbies is social media.  I find it to be an excellent way to communicate with people around the world and an innovative tool that churches and ministries should utilize.  With social media, there are certain “dos” and “don’ts” that people should follow.  Those who don’t follow these best practices often find themselves loosing followers, receiving less views,[…]

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Journey to Officership: One More Step

Today is a big day for my Journey to Officership.  Today I will find out if I am a preliminary accepted candidate for the 2014-2016 Messengers of Light Session.  Over the past few weeks, God has been walking and guiding me through the steps to officership.  I pray that he continues to do so in the next 10 months before training.  I will update this post once I hear of the Candidate Board’s decision.  Thank[…]

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Blog Digest – August 24-30, 2013

Here are this week’s blogs and news posts that grabbed my attention: August 25: Hobby or Discipleship? – Armybarmy Blog Unpacking the “In Christ Alone” Debate – ChurchLeaders.com Feeding Homeless Apparently Illegal in Raleigh, NC – Red Letter Christians Merry-Go-Round Evangelism and Your Youth Ministry – ChurchLeaders.com Let’s Proclaim – The Pursuit 4 Ways Technology Helps Make Better Disciples – ChurchLeaders.com 8 Ways You Might Be Losing People in Your Sermons – Pro Preacher Most Americans Want the Bible in Public Schools – The Christian Post 11-Y-O Boy With 4.0 GPA and 1770 SAT Score Becomes Youngest Student Ever at[…]

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Blog Digest – August 17-23, 2013

Here are this week’s blogs and news posts that grabbed my attention: Your Church Needs More Than Social Media Stop Saying You’re ‘Missional’ Is Your Sermon Longer Than The Lord’s? 20 Percent of U.S. Non-Christians Don’t Know Any Christians 7 Reasons Why Writing a Sermon is Like Building a House Public Prayer Heads to the Supreme Court The Number One Reason for the Decline in Church Attendance and Five Ways to Address It

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Journey to Officership: Change of Plans

As I begin my senior year at Moody Bible Institute, I’m beginning to reflect on my time here (and all the things I still need to do in Chicago before going to training).  Moody has played a significant role in my journey to officership.  There have been good times and bad, but Moody has been preparing me to be a minister of God’s Word. Originally, I never thought of studying theology or even the Bible[…]

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Missing Holiness

Edit: References to “holiness theology” and “holiness teaching” refer to the Wesleyan Holiness Theology of Entire Sanctification. A few days ago, I read an article by Captain Scott Strissel titled “A Holiness for 1“. The article is great and I recommend you read it, but there was a statement that got me thinking. He writes: Corps members whom I’ve spoken with tell me that holiness is impossible or just too hard…I am shocked when I[…]

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Salvation Army Quirks #3 – First Appointments

Okay, so the quirk itself isn’t the appointment, it’s the grueling process one must endure in order to get the appointment. For those of you not familiar with The Salvation Army’s appointment system, it is like being given an assignment – you are assigned to a certain position in a certain location.  As an officer, you can be moved anywhere at any time without any notice. Now the most fun appointment is the very first[…]

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Journey to Officership: Calling

I’ve often had people ask me when I was called to be an officer in The Salvation Army.  Like many, I could say it happened at Youth Councils or Commissioning; it could have been through Corps Cadets or even my Junior Soldier class.  But unlike many people who can pinpoint the date of their calling, I simply have to say, “I don’t know”. I’ve been conscious of this calling since about Jr. High, but never[…]

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