02 Aug: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

I rarely share information on a specific threat in an open venue like this but am inclined to now make an exception. This person of interest has been an exceptionally dangerous troublemaker. It is appropriate to pass this information along so others can be ready should he be seen anywhere around a faith-based (especially Christian) assembly. It appears this man was born in Turkey. His citizenship is questionable at best, with vague possibilities of various ethnicities. His physical appearance has been reported as small, balding, crooked legs, big knees, big eyes, big nose and eyebrows that meet. He comes across as very friendly (until his true colors come out). He has interrupted some gatherings already, even before his latest activity that has put him into an urgent light. In some of those gatherings he posed as law-enforcement; even taking some church leaders away. There is reliable documentation that one of…

26 Jul: The Perfect Storm

When crime increases, so do victim counts. When we are talking deadly force incidents, every one of those numbers is a life. Every life affects an entire family and circle of friends. We are seeing an increase of violent deadly force crime in the whole United States of America. The specific demographic I will refer to here is faith-based organizations. I have been watching the most violent crimes associated with faith-based properties for over 20 years, cataloguing them into useful statistics to help organizations develop intentional readiness. Many trends have been identified, but here is a recent one. If March 15th was the start of the nationwide shutdown, consider the 30 days following that shutdown. Starting March 15th, and ending April 15th, there were 11 deadly force incidents associated with faith-based properties in the U.S. Of those 11 incidents, there was only one victim who died. Others were seriously hurt, but…

19 Jul: 2020: NOT THE YEAR WE HOPED FOR

I first wrote of 2020 being a great year in 1997. I’ve looked forward to it for a long time. It hasn’t turned out as I had hoped. Songs came out during my youth that are now records of the turmoil of the turbulent 60’s and 70’s. I’ve thought of one of them a lot lately. Every time directional arrows in a store tell me how to move down an aisle I hear; Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign  I am angry and so are a lot of people in this country. I believe COVID is dangerous. I think it has killed more than its fair share and isn’t done yet.  I see people so bent on each side of the debate however, that they aren’t communicating with any reason. If I have a…