10 Jan: Winona Texas

Those who’ve heard me present on our church murders know I present things we did not do well. We had a team that responded to and stopped the killing, but it would be misleading to present our story with no flaws. We learn from mistakes. When an incident like Winona happens, there are lessons learned. It’s not demeaning to those who failed at some stages to recognize those failures. There were few if any defensive actions where the civilian, contracted, law-enforcement or military protectors did everything perfect. It is wrong however, to say, “We would have never …” We weren’t there. That said, there are lessons learned. For those unfamiliar with the incident, one of the best news stories can be found here. While the final story will have more details and corrections, that article sums it up well, including a video link to the Sheriff’s press conference. One thing…

03 Jan: Top Ten 2020

Here are the top 10 amusing stories related to ministries in 2020; 10        In December, a man jumped in a hearse at St. Rose Church in Santa Rosa and took off. In February, a thief stole a hearse (with a body) at the St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in LA. That’s California for you. 9          In January, a man burglarized two churches in Alabama one night. Security cameras caught him crawling up to one of the churches wearing a batman costume. In July, at Church at The Mill in Spartanburg, SC a man stole many things including a batman costume which he wore for the 2nd phase of his burglary. Batman’s not a good guy. 8          In May, a naked man fled police in a car he had stolen from his mother. He jumped out of the moving car at Life Church in Norridgewock Maine and ran into…

27 Dec: In Support of Faith-Based Security

With the decline in American moral values is a growing tsunami of abhorrence and violence against anyone or anything representing virtue. Our culture has gone beyond simply accepting depravity, to eagerly pursuing it. The war between good and evil is increasingly palpable. Many of the battles have been, and will be, fought in our most sacred places; faith-based ministries. The faith-based security endeavor is advancing in response. The professionalism of the endeavor is advancing as well. Faith-based security now has its own membership association for: A connected network of those truly involved instead of disconnected individuals Preserving and sharing applicable lessons learned instead of reinventing the wheel with each new plan or incident Capturing and distributing sound practices from the collective acumen of many instead of promoting the opinions of a few Discovering and disseminating genuine actionable threat information instead of recycling news Establishing meaningful benchmarking data from those actually…