22 Feb: The Sidewalk Presentation

(rerun of TAI first published on 2/3/13) Those with the heart of protection should always be ready to state why we feel the way we feel and do the things we do. We may hope for an opportunity to make a presentation justifying the need to the executive board or the senior pastor. To be so prepared is good, but we should plan as if our only chance for that speech might happen as we get in step with the pastor in the short walk between his car and the church doors, or on an elevator between floors. In smaller churches, an audience with the right people is easier. Even then we should be well prepared to state our passion in a crisp and effective manner. So, following are some things I may say in such a sidewalk presentation. I encourage you to be ready with your own points. Pastor…

16 Feb: See the Children

As news rolled out the afternoon of 2/13/20 concerning the discovery of little Faye Swetlik’s body, I couldn’t get her picture out of my mind. It had nothing to do with a church, but it was a child. As Valentine’s Day dawned, little Faye got no candy kisses. She never saw the Valentine cards the rest of her 1st grade class made for her anticipating her safe return. I sat and looked at her picture for way too long early the next morning as I thought of the innocent life of a happy little girl cut short by evil. Faye Swetlik                                                               Kayla Gomez-Orcozco I remembered Bullard Texas, where on 11/1/16, a similar story emerged. Spanish-speaking Templo de Restauracion Apostolico…

09 Feb: Active Attack Transition Moments (Message 2 of 2)

We know little about the following. Most “news” came from one man eager to tell reporters. The Faith City Mission in Amarillo, Texas started as a homeless outreach, evolving through time into a place of hope for those who find themselves in crisis situations. Ministry patrons come to get free from indigent lifestyles, becoming students of the ministry’s “Continuum of Cultural Transformation.” On 2/14/18, on-site ministry security saw one of those students entering the chapel with a gun and evil intentions. Security responded in ways we still don’t know about. While many students got out safely, 24 remained in the chapel in a developing hostage situation. 911 calls went out; officers came in. Officers arriving at four different doors around the chapel heard a shot inside. Unlike Parkland Florida officers that same day, they went in. As they entered the chaotic and dynamic scene, they saw two females running with…