17 Nov: Ready for Your Neighbor’s Incident

A crime has lessons learned for others, regardless of where it occurred. Such was the case with the recent Saugus High School murders in Santa Clarita, CA. A process consistent with school mass casualty events is reunification. When all unharmed students have been evacuated from the crime scene, they are taken somewhere for reuniting with family. An area church is often that somewhere. A good reunification process follows proven methods. Ideally, unharmed children are listed and placed in a secure area of the reunification facility. As parents rush in to get their child, they are instantly taken to them. If their children are on the safe list, they are taken to their child, retrieve their child(ren) and leave. If their child is not on the safe list, they are taken another route, then told of the situation privately, by experienced professionals; not in front of other anxious parents. Other anxious…

10 Nov: Thank you Mom!

In 2015 there were 1,000,000 surviving American WW II veterans. Now there are less than 400,000. In four more years, 300,000 of them will be gone. A lot has been written on those men, on WWII service women and women who worked in jobs related to the military effort. There is little said however about the WW II era girls who were driving tractors, bagging groceries and teaching school as they waited for their boyfriends and husbands to come home. How many of them are we losing each day? The worst day of Dad’s life was October 24th, 1944 when the ship he was on (USS Princeton, CVL-23) was bombed and sank. Many died that day, including his best friend. On November 12th, 1944, another ship with survivors, limped back into Pearl Harbor. Dad mailed a letter that day to 21-year-old Mary Goldsberry, waiting for him back home. Among parts…

03 Nov: Protect, Don’t Judge

How do we distinguish between a criminal and a good person who makes poor choices? When someone hurts others in the church, there are two camps. One says we should not be too quick to shoot our wounded; the Circle the Wagons Group. Another says we should deal with them severely; the Grab the Millstone Group. The topic is super-charged when it comes to abusing children. Even then there is a sliding scale of law. A 19-year-old boy in love and going too far with a 16-year-old girl would be on one end of that scale; a 50-year-old man raping a 2-year-old boy at the other. I get it when the heavy millstone is grabbed for that 50-year-old reprobate. But when we say there is no cure for them, who is them?  Are we throwing that 19-year-old into the same depths as the 50-year-old? The letter of the law can. I…