04 Sep: After

Some trauma is disturbing enough to become etched in our life as the marker between life before, compared to life after “it”. A significant incident in a church is painful enough to do that. We don’t expect to see blood, hear gunshots, smell smoke or feel the concussion of explosion in a house of worship. Our church is our sanctuary. When evil invades it, that day marks the separation of life before and life after for those who were there. The entire town of Daingerfield Texas changed on Sunday morning June 22nd, 1980, when a man invaded the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church. That sanctuary was shattered when he yelled “This is War!” and began shooting into the congregation. He was armed with an AR-15, an M1 carbine (both with fixed bayonets), two handguns and plenty of ammo in a bag he carried around his shoulders. Before being stopped…

28 Aug: Start With What You Have

For a new security program, I encourage starting with what you have. To explain, I turn to an American experience over 100 years old. On July 1st, 1898, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt led the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry (aka “Rough Riders”) under the U.S. Cavalry’s 2nd Brigade in the Spanish-American War. The unit was in Cuba close to Santiago where they determined to take an enemy stronghold atop San Juan Hill (aka Kettle Hill). Roosevelt’s Rough Riders had taken heavy fire from the hill all day, and despite the title cavalry – had only one horse among them (Roosevelt’s). Inferior US equipment in 1898 included .30 Cal bullets pushed out of a cartridge with 40 grains of powder in Krag rifles. The enemy could shoot 7 mm rounds, 8 times faster in their Mausers over our .30/40 Krags. Roosevelt gathered the three units around him — his own 1st Volunteer Cavalry unit…

21 Aug: Stopping Evil Can be Stunning

Every August we hear how America is awful because of what we did to innocent Japanese by dropping the atomic bombs to end WWII in August of 1945. In 2016, the U.S. President at the time, chose Memorial Day to apologize to Japan for our role in ending the war they started. Speaking of the bombs, he told the Japanese people, “How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause.” Then, to make sure he fully insulted America (and Christianity), he proclaimed,  “…no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill.” Recently Aljazeera News jumped all over the recent question posed by UN Secretary General Guterres (while visiting Hiroshima) of, “…What have we learned from the mushroom cloud that swelled above this city?” Then Aljazeera eagerly pointed out that, “The US remains the only country ever to…