2021 January

17 Jan: Storm Alert

Edited from the 6/30/13 Think About it; ending updated. Our sons earned money through High School mowing 5-acre plots with our farm tractors. One of our oldest (twins) learned a lesson in storm readiness while mowing one summer day. As he was mowing a plot, a single large hailstone hit the ground beside the tractor with a thud. Between baseball and softball sized, it hit so hard he actually felt the impact from the tractor. He looked up and all around. Not seeing any threatening clouds or evidence, he thought, “huh — that’s strange — I wonder where that came from?” He continued mowing. He was on the far side of the 5 acres (away from any shelter) when the skies dumped. He quickly shut down the tractor and huddled under it for protection. It would have been disastrous to try and make it the 200 yards +/- back to…

10 Jan: Winona Texas

Those who’ve heard me present on our church murders know I present things we did not do well. We had a team that responded to and stopped the killing, but it would be misleading to present our story with no flaws. We learn from mistakes. When an incident like Winona happens, there are lessons learned. It’s not demeaning to those who failed at some stages to recognize those failures. There were few if any defensive actions where the civilian, contracted, law-enforcement or military protectors did everything perfect. It is wrong however, to say, “We would have never …” We weren’t there. That said, there are lessons learned. For those unfamiliar with the incident, one of the best news stories can be found here. While the final story will have more details and corrections, that article sums it up well, including a video link to the Sheriff’s press conference. One thing…

03 Jan: Top Ten 2020

Here are the top 10 amusing stories related to ministries in 2020; 10        In December, a man jumped in a hearse at St. Rose Church in Santa Rosa and took off. In February, a thief stole a hearse (with a body) at the St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in LA. That’s California for you. 9          In January, a man burglarized two churches in Alabama one night. Security cameras caught him crawling up to one of the churches wearing a batman costume. In July, at Church at The Mill in Spartanburg, SC a man stole many things including a batman costume which he wore for the 2nd phase of his burglary. Batman’s not a good guy. 8          In May, a naked man fled police in a car he had stolen from his mother. He jumped out of the moving car at Life Church in Norridgewock Maine and ran into…