2020 May

10 May: Post the Killer’s Names

Those who commit heinous cowardly acts for notoriety should be denied fame by never seeing their name in print. However, when an abusive man hurts the people he should protect, their name should be spread. By the time they’re incarcerated every inmate should know their story. In Matthew 18:6, Jesus said, “it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” In Matthew 22:13, He offered a solution for one attempting to enter the kingdom while arrogantly exhibiting personal rebellion of kingdom values, “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside…” In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul said, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” When a man attacks those he is responsible for, he…

03 May: Gracious Words

Recently, a criminal justice student wanted to interview both a former hostage and the hostage negotiator that affected the outcome. She chose the 1996 Focus on the Family incident, interviewing me and the negotiator (Tom). As I read her finished work, I learned things about the negotiations that were new to me. The incident began at 1:27 that afternoon and concluded that evening. It reads much quicker. Saturday (May 2nd) was the 23rd anniversary of that incident that changed my life. I won’t reveal Tom’s last name or the gunman’s name. Tom was a Colorado Springs Police officer for 23 years. Besides being the lead negotiator for the Focus hostage incident, he was one of the negotiators in the Texas 7 takedown just 5 years later. Active listening skills, communication, coolness under pressure, quick flexible thinking, and empathy are required negotiator traits. Tom used all of them to establish genuine…