05 Jun: Everybody Has a Story. Some Can Tell it.

I’ve shared the platform (and rental car adventures, meals and range time) with Lt. Col. (ret.) Dave Grossman on over 100 different occasions. He is one of (if not the) best orators I have ever been around. I am honored to call him my friend. Years ago we were in Virginia Beach, VA. My wife went along (since our son was stationed at Norfolk – it was an opportunity for Deana to see grandchildren). I talked her into going to the conference one day to hear Dave. Reluctantly, she asked, “one speaker for four hours?” She told me how she loved our pastor, but wouldn’t even want to listen to him for four hours. Nonetheless she went. She sat on the edge of her seat the whole time – and took notes! She never takes notes. Everyone has a story. Some can tell it. Some tell it exceptionally well. Dave…

29 May: Learning From Tragedy

Commentators with no more expert perspective than shared anguish, are all over news and social media regarding recent evil attacks. They blame every possible cause except the reality of evil. Then, from their clueless platforms, recommend solutions no more effective than throwing water on a grease fire. The same frenzied voices who called to defund and disarm police are the ones to grab a bullhorn and blast out when police actions are not tactical enough to save their children. Whether on the news or in the streets, they are just rioters. The character of rioters hasn’t changed since the riot at Ephesus in Acts 19. The 32nd verse says, “…some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.” We should be listening to professionals. One is Ed Mireles, a well-known former FBI agent. Ed will share his experiences at our…

22 May: Do Armed Citizen Defenders Increase Risk?

Within a few hours of writing last week that the animus in America is palpable, a man drove from Las Vegas to an LA Suburb and opened fire, killing one and injuring five. He was angry over Taiwan separating from China. As usual, my media enquiries started soon after. Some wanted to know if it’s time for metal detectors at churches. One was horrified that I suggest designated teams of armed defenders be ready in churches. I told her that good and brave men like Dr. John Cheng (who died charging and disrupting the killer) would not have to die if there were armed responsible defenders. She said, “Even more would be in danger if normal citizens were armed!” I’m tired of hearing that. I’ve even spoken in church security events where some “trainer” with all his credentials attempts to convince the audience that citizen defenders with guns would only…