05 Jan: West Freeway Church of Christ AKE (Active Killer Event)

I was in White Settlement, Texas on Tuesday after the attack at West Freeway Church of Christ on Sunday 12/29/19. This is only the 2nd time a church killer was stopped this way. There have been church killers stopped by responding law-enforcement. There have been some stopped by congregants, or off-duty officers not part of any intentional team. Some have been stopped before they killed by intentional teams. New Life Church, on 12/9/2007, was the only time an intentional team of civilian volunteers stopped a killer after they had already killed at the church. It happened again on 12/29/2019 at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, TX. They have now joined the club nobody wants to be in. It never goes down as we would have written it. While not the first volunteer faith-based security operator to be killed in their service, this is the first time…

29 Dec: Wishing you a clear 2020

Taking in news, listening to talk-shows, absorbing social media posts and even talking to neighbors can sometimes be toxic. Just think about any day’s news. The President tweets out against someone then tweeters light up; pro or con. Churches launch grievances against police. Politicians launch ugly volleys against those of the other party and turn on each other with fury. Contention sells. There will always be a market for things that make us mad. Sometimes we just need to reset. The new year is a good time for that. One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4, versus 4-9. In the NIV it reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace…

22 Dec: The Lamb in the Manger

Years ago, I was driving down a Colorado road with a nativity scene coming up on my left. As I passed by, I looked over and was stunned as never before by such a scene. It wasn’t the nativity set itself that moved me, but on a hill behind it was a cross. We often think of Christ as the lamb at Easter, the Great Shepherd the rest of the year and a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes at Christmas. That baby was the Lamb, come to be slaughtered. Exodus 12:5-6 described the lamb sacrifice; “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year … Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it…” Then Isaiah 53:7 prophesied of Christ’s role; “…He was led as a lamb to the slaughter…” Finally, in John 1:29 John the Baptist officially introduced Christ to the world; “Look!…