04 Jul: The Journey

When I was first handed a security matter at a faith-based organization (FBO) in 1991, it wasn’t a welcome thing. There were so many more important things to do. It was a distraction to deal with. I had no intentions of security becoming a priority in my life. But since the topic first interrupted my day, it became progressively important. Up to the end of the 20th century, the prevailing issue regarding American FBO security was denial and indifference. There were things happening in church, but few saw it, acknowledged it, or did anything about it. As the 20th century began to slip to the 21st, prominent faith leaders were exposed for moral failure and fraud. Violence occurred more frequently at churches. Sexual child abuse became headline news. Scams and scandals were common. The violence struck large city and small rural congregations. The abuse was at catholic and protestant congregations….

27 Jun: Train The Transition

I often consider Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “Man in the Arena” quote; It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor…

20 Jun: Changing Methods of Warfare

The first tactical methods of warfare I find in scripture are in the time of King Kedorlaomer (aka Chedorlaomer). In the 14thchapter of Genesis, Kedorlaomer led a coalition of armies against other kings. Tar-pits (which were really slime pits of surface bitumen) were used into which “some of the men fell.” [i] So the attacked kings lured King Ked’s armies over natural features of the land. According to my Thompson Chain Reference, this occurred about 1913 B.C. By 1500 – 1450 B.C. (Job 39:19-25 & Deuteronomy 20:1-4) horses were being used in battle, and arrows and spears were common. It seems the only knives (and probably spear and arrow tips as well) prior to about 1200 B.C. were made of flint (Exodus 4:25 and Joshua 5:2-3). By the time of Samson (1160 B.C.), it was the bronze age (Judges 16:21) and reasonable to assume the weapons of the time were…