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13 Oct: One you might not see coming…

On 10/11/19, Boone County (Missouri) officers attempted to stop a man for traffic violations, but he ran. As officers pursued, he ditched his vehicle in a church parking lot and disappeared into the nearby woods. The same day, a Police Officer in Kansas City chased a fugitive on foot through church grounds, got him on the ground behind the church and wrestled a gun from him. There was nothing unusual about October 11th. As much news as I examine on church crime, suspects running to or through a church or the grounds is common. While these two didn’t end deadly, many desperate and deadly last stands are at a church. We may never know what happened on 11/05/2017 (the same day as the Sutherland Springs Texas church attack) in Rockford, IL. What we do know is Police officer Jamie Cox was killed by fatal blunt force trauma on the property…

06 Oct: Good decisions beat good aim.

Paul wrote, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” [i] I would say, “When I was young, I was an idiot.” A friend recently asked, “If you pulled in just in time to see a man leaving your home with an armload of your guns, would it be legal to shoot him?” When I was young, I might have said something like, “Yeah, then I’d pull his body back inside before police arrive.” I’ve said things even dumber. I’ve said I would kill someone if they killed my dog. Someone should have sat me down back then and asked, “Really? You would take a man’s life for killing a dog? You would kill someone for stealing valuable items?” Grown men thinking that way results…

29 Sep: Shocking!

A picture of broken artifacts around an altar appears under the headlines of the Catholic Herald (7/12/19) reading, “Rise in crimes against churches in France shock Catholics.” The article then went on; Vandalism, theft, arson and other increasing attacks on churches in France have led to debates about their causes, amid shock to the community… Such crime has increased 4-fold between 2008 and 2019. Lest anyone think this is just an American problem, I start this week’s story with these statements from the east side of the pond. But Americans aren’t shocked, right? On 11/28/17 (3 weeks after 26 were killed in the Texas church attack), a worker was in the Center Christian Church in Jeffersonville Ohio when he heard gunfire outside. He found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot. The pastor said, “It shocked me, I don’t know what to think, it’s never occurred…