This section is updated every Sunday morning to give church security teams some things to think about as they prepare for weekend services. I wish your team the very best and hope you may find occasional things applicable to your operations.

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“We Only Have to be Lucky Once”


On October 12th, 1984 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher survived an assassination attempt.  It was the hey-days of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and they had targeted her as she attended the Conservative Party Conference. The event was at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England and that is where a bomb had been planted.


Though the IRA terrorists had placed the bomb in an area that missed their target, the massive explosion killed 5 and injured over 30 more. When IRA leaders discovered their primary target had survived, they released a statement on British media that symbolizes terrorist minds;


“Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once – you will have to be lucky always”[i]


The IRA continued their bloody attacks well into the 21st century. In many ways they wrote the manual for 21st century terrorism activities. One of their tactics was to attack high visibility targets on national ceremonial occasions.


In 1987, on the British holiday “Remembrance Sunday” the IRA set off a bomb at the war memorial in Enniskillen which killed 11 and wounded many. Nobody has been convicted of that bombing yet.


If the IRA wrote the manual for terrorism in the 21st century, Al Qaeda wrote the improvements, and now ISIS is taking it to a new level.


The British “Remembrance Sunday” holiday is to “commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”. In this respect it is similar to the American Veteran’s Day holiday.


Our Memorial Day is more sacred than Veteran’s Day or the British Remembrance Sunday. This current holiday season is specifically to honor those who died while serving our great nation in foreign wars. There is a very real enemy who knows the importance of this holiday season to us.


I encourage churches in the US to be extra vigilant this week.


Think About it:


Ø We know ISIS (or ISIL, IS or whatever you want to call them) is trying hard to recruit remote lone wolf operators in the west to kill “cross worshipers”.


Ø Among other tactics, they have encouraged these impressionable young minds of the west to “rent a big truck” and then to “drive all over them. Kill them”


Ø Recent communications from ISIS have encouraged attacks on “mass gatherings”.


Ø In April, Australian authorities intercepted and stopped a plot by ISIS motivated remote operators to attack Melbourne, Australia celebrations commemorating Australian and New Zealand Army Corps service during World War I.


Ø The next attack may not be this commemorative weekend. It may not involve a mass gathering at church when it does happen. But it will occur some day, and this week is a good week to be extra vigilant.


Ø What they don’t understand is that “luck” isn’t where we put our trust. Our God is real and He has empowered our great nation with great servants. Our military is still the finest in the world, our law enforcement are unmatched by any (yes a single officer with a handgun did take out two terrorists with A/R’s in Garland Texas on May 4) and our security professionals take their jobs seriously.


It is an honor to serve alongside all of you!

[i] IRA, October 12th, 1984