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  • The Gift of the Magi

    I think of being caught up in our culture’s maddening gluttony of this season and how I often would lose sight of what this season is about.

    Article • December 16th, 2013

  • Too Far Gone For God?

    The question of whether a Christian might bear arms and be Peace Officers is not simply a conversational or academic matter. This and related questions cannot simply be answered in the solitude of meditation and reflection, but in the crucible of events.

    Article • March 7th, 2013

  • Coping With Tragedy: The Newtown School Massacre

    There are many first responders who have been called to the scene including law enforcement, fire and paramedic, media, and chaplains. They are trying to be professional and do their jobs. This is the kind of call that will permanently imprint itself on...

    Article • December 17th, 2012

  • It's A Wonderful (Cop's) Life

    A Christmas story (with apologies to Frank Capra) by Chaplain Steve Lee, Founder of POM. Prologue & Post-Script (and some editing) by Chaplain Frank Ruffatto, Executive Director of POM

    Article • December 6th, 2012

  • Thanksgiving For... Much Needed Backup

    May your Thanksgiving celebrations be filled with joy and thankfulness – and for those who will be working on the holiday while others celebrate, I pray yours is uneventful!

    Article • November 16th, 2012

  • Three Spiritual Insights for a Balanced LE Career

    The further I get into mission and ministry the more parallels I find with my first career as a peace officer. So, I’d like to think that my previous career is a benefit to my current one; especially as I have a desire to see you who do this divinely...

    Article • November 13th, 2012

  • On Handgun & Heart Health

    After witnessing countless personal tragedies off the street among law enforcement colleagues, friends, and acquaintances, it becomes quite evident to me that there are spiritual survival skills needed for the peace officer which are just as important...

    Article • September 18th, 2012

  • 10 Ways To Help A Cop post-OIS

    During my career in law enforcement I was involved in several incidents which, as I look back, could be classified as critical incidents including a traffic stop where one of the officers who came to back me up ended up having to shoot the suspect I had...

    Article • August 8th, 2012

  • The Spirit and the Letter of the Law

    What is the ‘character’ that they – the Founding Fathers – have lent us? The celebrations on July 4th across this nation are about our declaring our independence from what the Founders perceived as the tyrannical rule of King George III and his...

    Article • July 6th, 2012

  • Chaplain's Message: Good God Fearing Men

    When folks approach me with a question, whether in the field as a chaplain, after a service on Sunday, or in other places, I often ask, “Why do you want to know?” Often our questions reveal that there is something underneath that we really want to...

    Article • June 7th, 2012

  • Police Week: A Chaplain's Outlook

    This is the manuscript of the keynote address I was honored to give at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service in May of 2011.

    Article • May 8th, 2012

  • On the Other Side of the (Crime Scene) Tape: A Trip to Sanford, Florida

    We wanted to assure the officers we were not there to investigate anything or make judgment on them or their work. We expressed that as part of the law enforcement family, we were there for them.

    Article • April 10th, 2012

  • The Importance of Training

    At the core of being a Peace Officer is the understanding that as you strap on that gun and pin on that badge you expose yourself to situations that are hazardous and often life threatening. Good and realistic training can often mean the difference...

    Article • April 6th, 2012

  • Serving Those Who Protect and Serve Us

    In most cases, the chaplain for a law enforcement agency is a voluntary, unpaid position. This is not always a bad thing. There is then usually no budget to support or limit the chaplain.

    Article • March 8th, 2012

  • Chaplain's Message: The Warrior Way

    When you do experience a critical incident, be prepared. Don’t hesitate to embrace your own rituals.

    Article • November 5th, 2011

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