20 Dec: Good News

Knowing what I wanted to write about today, I prayed for good news. There it came across in my e-mail, the title was actually “GOOD NEWS.” There, in big blue bold letters at the top of the page it said, “Congratulations! You can get a $100.00 Cash App gift card!” Spam mail. Phishing. So even when we see good news, we are conditioned to be skeptical. This year more than any in my lifetime, good news was rare. I was looking in the wrong place this morning. What is good news? Gospel. To quote Britannica, “The word gospel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term god-spell, meaning “good story,” a rendering of the Latin evangelium and the Greek euangelion, meaning “good news” or “good telling.” [i] Good news is the bible itself, most specifically the four books associated with the word Gospel. Four simple men, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John recorded…

13 Dec: Happy People are Seldom Violent

NOTE TO MY READERS; Last week I wrote about Dr. Perline’s work and where you can find his book. This week we are honored to hear from him directly. Thank you for your kind invitation to write a follow-up to my December presentation on “The psychology of violence.”  It seems that there is never enough time to talk fully on the issues surrounding this increasingly important topic to the safety and security of our citizens, our country, and our way of life.  There are several important “take-away” concepts, pertinent to violence, but per your request I would like to focus on a few of those that may be particularly pertinent to houses of worship and faith-based organizations. 1) Intentional violence is perpetrated by angry people–happy, contented people are seldom violent; I know of none! 2) Violence has been and is created by mentally ill, miscreants, and otherwise good law-abiding people…

06 Dec: They will be heard!

I was recently introduced to the works of Dr. Irvin Perline, Ph.D. Dr. Perline coauthored (with Jona Goldschmidt Ph.D.) the book, “The Psychology & Law of Workplace Violence” (sub-title, “A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Employers”). It is available on Amazon. Among other studies, Dr. Perline studied the “Workplace Violence, Issues in Response” document from the FBI Academy (June, 2002). While dated, it was developed with extraordinary wisdom and experience. Dr. Perline highlighted some of the more meaningful and applicable concepts from it. It was quite applicable to faith-based security awareness. Domestic violence, stalking, threats, harassment, abuse, intimidation, and other forms of conduct that occur in the workplace are all considered workplace violence. He spoke of the 4 types of workplace violence. TYPE 1: Violent acts by criminals who have no other connection with the workplace, but enter to commit robbery or another crime. TYPE 2: Violence directed at employees by…