11 Apr: A church security Lesson From a Tractor Dealership

Our son is in the market for a farm tractor. Knowing of a local dealer, I dropped by. Pulling into the dealership, I drove through the rows of used tractors first to see if I might want to enquire about one of them inside. As I drove back around to the showroom, an employee came out a door walking towards me. The scowl on his face made it obvious I was in trouble. As he put up his hand for me to stop, it was obvious I was about to be scolded. As I stopped, he scowled, “what are you doing back here?” While tempted to say I was looking for keys so I could take off in a high speed getaway on an old tractor, I didn’t. I just answered, “looking at your used tractors.” Then he proceeded to irritably inform me it was private property, and I must…

04 Apr: Agitation Auditors – an evolving threat (2).

This week’s TAI is reproduced from one in February of 2019. A current hatch of hecklers makes it worth repeating. Truthers often show up after significant attacks claiming the attack never happened or other idiotic narratives. A recent variation of truthers is auditors. They show up at some targeted organization and agitate a representative(s) of that organization into a confrontation, trying for YouTube hits and followers (contributors); hoping for that Crem de la Crem of a recorded violation of their civil rights so they can get a lot of attention (maybe get rich). Fishing for infractions. On Thursday 2/14/19, an auditor showed up to antagonize a uniformed, contracted armed security guard posted outside a synagogue in Los Angeles. You can watch it (bad language) at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1YBIYB9uM . It is educational on what to be prepared for. In addition to this cat pulling the guard into an irresponsible use of force (4:06…

28 Mar: Dear Paul,

I look forward to meeting you someday. I was reading your writings this morning; moved by how you reminded the Galatians in private conversations, that you worried you might be (or had already) run in vain.[i] You did not run in vain sir. In fact, here over 2,000 years after you penned that concern, hosts of others have completed successful missions guided by the many things you spoke and wrote of then. I’m not writing to thank you for being a great man. I sense in the tone of your writing you wouldn’t want that. I am writing you to thank you for caring enough about what you saw, heard and realized to pass it on. I know you didn’t do it so someone would speak (or write) later about “that great guy, Paul.” You taught because you knew Christ alone is essential. And you preserved your teaching in writing,…