by Major Stephen Court
Greetings in Jesus' name.
Mercy and peace to you from God our Father.
I trust the battle progresses well on your front.
Welcome to JAC112 - the 112th issue of Journal of
We're calling this the We Must Go Forward
Issue, centred, as it is, around General Paul Rader's
nomination speech for the High Council in which he was elected
General of The Salvation Army.
By his own recollection, General Rader sets
the context for this historic speech:
Having stood for election to the generalship
only a year earlier, and having been again nominated, at the
High Council in July 1994 I again had opportunity to
articulate my vision for the Army and to share my heart and
commitment to our mission should I be elected. Taking up the
Founder’s watchword ‘Forward!’ I called for an advancing Army
rising to the urgent challenges of our day. (General Paul
We include the published version of the
speech (both in the US War Cry, October 8, 1994, and in the
Raders' book TO SEIZE THIS DAY OF SALVATION), with permission,
for salvationists to consider in light of both the intervening
decades and the High Council that is just around the corner.
In particular, for JAC112, we've asked some
Salvationists to take a run at this speech, offering freedom
in approach and celebrating diversity in perspective.
You'll appreciate the different tacks that these
warriors take in considering the speech and its effects on the
Army and the world.
Captain Kathleen Johansson is an Australian
serving in Sweden with her husband as corps officer.
Her response to the speech is a lament.
Envoy Roy Snapp-Kolas, CO in USA Western,
comes to the speech as one who was very new to the Army when
it was given and has grown in salvo experience over the years
to be able to offer a unique perspective on it.
Captain Charles Roberts, CO in USA Eastern,
reads it and responds as if Rader wrote it
we all will benefit from trying.
I tackle it point by point and offer a quick
reflection on impact and effectiveness.
You are invited to consider the speech
You are invited to prayerfully respond to the challenges it
raises, prayerfully celebrate the victories it hinted at, and
prayerfully lament those points on which we forfeited fullness
by missing the target.
And we are all invited to fill in the gaps, to live up
to the calling we have received and to the standard we have
attained, and to heed the General's call, We Must Go Forward!