2022 December

25 Dec: Merry Christmas!

If man designed an Evergreen Tree, it would not have a vulnerable growth period but would instantly be 20 feet tall. All bottom boughs would be evenly spaced in a perfect circle around the trunk starting at 42” above the ground. Each circle of boughs above the bottom boughs would set back .625” from the boughs immediately below until the top branch would stand alone just .625” inside and above the slightly larger bough below. The 42” of that exposed trunk at the bottom would be precisely in the center of the boughs, perfectly color coordinated with the specific and constant green above. It would be perfectly shaped, tapered and engineered for symmetry by scale as it extended upwards. Each tree would be a perfect distance from adjacent trees with no two growing too close together or far apart. Man would have made perfect trees in a perfect forest. Mountains…

18 Dec: Study on Church Violence

Different entities have diverse ways of studying violence. Often that study is done with a particular social agenda it attempts to prove. The deadly force incident study by the FBSN (publicly available at https://fbsnamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/1999-2018-Church-violence-statistics-MASTER.pdf) remains as the original and most comprehensive study of the most serious and deadly attacks which occurred at American faith based organizations of all kinds and theologies, and against (or, in some cases “by”) their leaders. Like other studies, it has an agenda; to confirm the reasons why we should be intentional about protection up to and including intervention. Last week another trusted group, the Family Research Council, released a similar study. Instead of just deadly force incidents occurring on the property of faith-based organizations, the FRC study analyzed, “acts of hostility against churches in the United States.” I have followed FRC since the early 1980’s when my own brother was an executive with them. In…

11 Dec: Lost Options

My friend Laura Carno wrote the book, “Government Ruins Nearly Everything.” The first chapter (titled, “This is For Your Own Good”) starts with this opener. As children we were told to eat our vegetables and wait an hour before swimming. Facing our disgruntled scowls, every parent echoed the same refrain: “This is for your own good.”  When young we needed the guidance. What to eat. When to sleep. Where to ride our bikes…  … But we’re grown up now.  The Amazon introduction to her book says, “So, why do we ask [the government] to solve our most pressing and personal issues: abortion, schools, guns and marriage? Has its failures with VA hospitals, the war on drugs, farm subsidies, the IRS, NSA leaks, and the war on poverty given us any reason to trust them? Yet we still do. Over and over. Because we think there’s no alternative.” I agree with…