19 Jun: Family

Family is important to many; it sure is to us. My grandparents (Maple and Cecil Chinn) had 12 children. Dad, born in 1921, was the 2nd oldest of 11 to survive past infancy. After WW II, those 11 children began to marry and have their own children. By the 60’s, their kids were having children. By 1961, we began getting together each year for a family reunion. We’ve had one every year since, sometimes with over 120 Chinns and friends all together. But things change. Dad, and most of his generation are gone now. So, my wife and I started a new thing. Last week was the first reunion with just our family (my wife and I, and our direct descendants). With just us, our 5 children, their spouses and our grandchildren, all 31 of us came together in one place for a reunion. It was a much-needed time for…

09 Jun: A Time Such as This

My generation had the distinct honor of sitting at the feet of the men who faced the worst dragons of recent history on battle fronts around the world in WWII. My dad and six uncles fought in those battles. Some on land, some in the sea, some in the air. Some against Germans; some against Japanese. Dad and every one of my uncles came home. Last week we observed the 75th anniversary of first day (D-Day) of the invasion to liberate France. Of the battles fought in that war, the beaches of Normandy were to the war in Europe, what the atomic bomb was in the Pacific war. It was beginning of the end of Axis rule. My best friend’s dad was there on the beach, June 6th, 1944. He was a Landing Craft pilot. 20 years later he cried as he told me, a haughty High-School kid with hair…

06 Jun: S.O.S.

I hope I am wrong in what I am about to say. I prayed to be wrong. I want you to pray I am wrong. For the past several weeks I have felt that an attack on an American church is coming soon that will be of, if not beyond, the scale of some of the worst we have seen. And we’ve seen some bad ones. While praying to be wrong, we must be ready. The response to our annual security summit announcement has been so overwhelming I am repeating it before the early discount ends tomorrow. Make sure to register by midnight Monday 6/3/19 to save $26.00 off the registration costs. The 2nd annual Faith-Based SOS (Security Operations Summit) will be on the 26th(Friday) and 27th(Saturday) of July in Colorado Springs. Last year we had people from 27 states. By the end of the 2nd week of registrations this…