14 Aug: Strong Men Armed

40 years ago I was on the north shore of Grapevine Lake in Texas fishing with my lifetime friend, Ron Thomas. A friend of my older brothers when I was born, Ron is a man who has been in my life for my entire life. Ron is a battle-scarred warrior, having served with the 173rd Airborne in Vietnam. Over campfires in the Rockies, coffee in Whataburgers and that day fishing on Grapevine Lake, I have been a student of his life-lessons. From that day in Texas, it isn’t the fish I recall, but our conversation. Ron was speaking of the concept of “strong men armed.” I hope to unpack what that term meant to him then and what it has meant to me in the years since. Real relationships take work. The stronger the natures of those involved in the relationships, the stronger the outcomes. While “Strong Men Armed” was…

07 Aug: Zeitgeist

I often use quotes from my brothers in my writings. Recently my oldest brother wrote of how we let culture affect us. The following paragraph is credited to Ed Chinn (https://www.coolriverpub.com). Our scripts came through the Zeitgeist, “the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era,”[i] the “Spirit of the age,” what the Bible calls, “the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air.”[ii] That insurgent realm fights the God Who is God and the atmosphere of righteousness, peace, and joy that surrounds Him. The zeitgeist of our era is taking us away from morality to a predictable result of higher crime. Consider 1 Peter 5:8, “your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Our current zeitgeist won’t acknowledge that we have an adversary. In our current zeitgeist bearing, it is “hate speech” to consider anyone a…

31 Jul: In Case of Emergency…

By the last night of our just-concluded Security Operations Summit, we had wrapped up many sessions of great presentations. Our speaker lineup this year, their topics and presentations were home runs. Saturday morning, 7/30/22 would start with our annual Meeting of the Members then concluding presentations. Board members had worked to confirm that critical annual meeting would go without a flaw. It was going to be complicated. About 100 voting members live in the audience plus many more on Zoom. With motions allowed from the floor, 2 of 4 votes would have to be written on the fly. Technology was a challenge. We had to have a way of hearing those on Zoom, them hearing us, and everyone being able to vote. Timing was critical. We had to start at 07:30, be wrapped up by 08:45 and doors open for non-members at the conference for closing morning presentations. The first…