21 Mar: Changed in the Twinkling of an eye

Anyone who has embarked on safety or security planning understands the risk matrix. The various models all show measures of likelihood (probability) of a specific risk in one direction compared with cruciality (impact) in the other. The process is an attempt to understand the crystal ball of risk. Some low probability things deserve extra attention due to the high impact they would have. It’s no different than life-vests and being trained to use them on an airplane. How many people have ever had to use the life-vest under the seat? Very few. But they are there, and those of us who are frequent flyers could recite the use instructions from memory. That is why church security operators and trainers should continue training for deadly force incidents. Certain parts of the following really happened. Here’s the scenario; You’ve been told by the family of a man outside your church that he has…

14 Mar: A Flood of Dissipation

I grew up on a small farm at the edge of a small town. Next to our own place, Dad leased an adjoining parcel to pasture cattle. A full ½ mile of the Ninnescah River ran through that leased pasture. I spent my formative years exploring the Ninnescah. I knew it and its fur, fish and game well. My wife is from a farm upstream where the South Fork of the Ninnescah originates. Regarding my life, a river runs through it. The Ninnescah was named by the Osage Indians native to south central Kansas where we lived. The name means “good spring water.” When the river would flood, I would canoe it. Teenage boys seek out danger and some of my closest brushes with death were on that flooded river. One I recall more than others. As my friend and I came around a dangerous curve in the swollen river,…

07 Mar: Divide and Conquer

The ancients who use soldiers well can make the enemy out of touch with each other, the widows and widows do not depend on each other, the noble and the poor do not help each other, the upper and lower sides do not meet each other, the soldiers are separated but not assembled, and the soldiers are not aligned. Sun Tzu. The Art of War That battle lesson is 2,700 years old, but applicable today. We are out of touch with each other. Divided. Separated. Not assembled. Where is this division and isolation coming from? Our enemy of course. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. You must resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8…