10 May: Post the Killer’s Names

Those who commit heinous cowardly acts for notoriety should be denied fame by never seeing their name in print. However, when an abusive man hurts the people he should protect, their name should be spread. By the time they’re incarcerated every inmate should know their story. In Matthew 18:6, Jesus said, “it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” In Matthew 22:13, He offered a solution for one attempting to enter the kingdom while arrogantly exhibiting personal rebellion of kingdom values, “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside…” In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul said, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” When a man attacks those he is responsible for, he…

03 May: Gracious Words

Recently, a criminal justice student wanted to interview both a former hostage and the hostage negotiator that affected the outcome. She chose the 1996 Focus on the Family incident, interviewing me and the negotiator (Tom). As I read her finished work, I learned things about the negotiations that were new to me. The incident began at 1:27 that afternoon and concluded that evening. It reads much quicker. Saturday (May 2nd) was the 23rd anniversary of that incident that changed my life. I won’t reveal Tom’s last name or the gunman’s name. Tom was a Colorado Springs Police officer for 23 years. Besides being the lead negotiator for the Focus hostage incident, he was one of the negotiators in the Texas 7 takedown just 5 years later. Active listening skills, communication, coolness under pressure, quick flexible thinking, and empathy are required negotiator traits. Tom used all of them to establish genuine…

26 Apr: Are You Ready?

I will never forget the news headline in Colorado papers the morning of 9/11/01; “Eddie McCaffery Breaks Leg.” We had watched the Denver Broncos play on Sunday 9/10/01 and saw that injury happen. As Monday morning newspapers were being read however, far bigger news began to consume us as the awful reality of terrorist attacks in New York City and beyond began unfolding. America was not ready. American churches were not ready for attacks in their places either and still far too many remain unprepared. On Sunday morning 11/5/2017 the title of this Think About It feature was “At The Bang.” It was focused on churches being ready for an attack. I had no idea that as the article would be read that day, a killer would come into the Sutherland Springs (TX) First Baptist Church and kill 26 defenseless worshippers in what would be the worst mass murder at…