Rehearsing a Scenario Response

As a young rookie cop in training, I rehearsed my response to critical situations. What would I do if a suspect pulled a gun on me? What would I do if someone tried to jump off a bridge and suicide attempt? What would I do if my duty weapon failed to fire? To those...

Discerning Spiritual Fault Lines

I listened to a seismologist talking about earthquakes. After the broadcast, I considered the spiritual parallels between natural quaking and the shaking events in our lives. Earthquakes rupture along a fault line and move away from the epicenter of the original event...

Defining Fringe Elements

Most of us have heard the phrase “fringe element.” Typically, those words are used negatively, describing a group of people outside the mainstream. Not all who are on the fringe are negative. Jesus and first-century believers were called a sect, a fringe element of...

Unfriendly Fire

Someone who discharges a firearm is responsible for the bullet from the moment it is fired until it ceases forward motion. The path of the bullet carries legal, civil, and moral consequences. So do our words. One of the sad things in war is death by friendly fire....