Church Police – Literally

This week, the Alabama senate voted to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in Birmingham, to have their own police force.  The church has over 4,000 people in attendance each week and they run a private school.  They said having their own police force would help to keep everyone safe.

I was flabbergasted when I first read the article.  I admit they have a lot of people on their campus, but it still seems strange for a church to have its own police force.

I have been thinking about the pro’s and con’s of this decision.  If there is an emergency on the church campus, they will have the ability to respond quickly and potentially save lives.

However, what if there is a crime?  What if the crime is committed by a beloved member, volunteer, or leader?  Will the police force be able to maintain objectivity and investigate the crime?  Also, allowing people to police themselves often ends in disaster.

What do you think about this church having its own police force?


Lost in Birmingham and Feeling Foolish

Gwen and I went to Birmingham on Monday.  We were ready to go home, but got confused as to which parking garage we had used.  We ended up going to the wrong one and spent the next hour trying to find our way back to the Jeep.

Gwen found a UAB employee and asked her to help us.  I told the lady, “I think we parked in the 7th Av garage, but I am not sure.”  She asked me if I had my parking ticket.  That’s when it dawned on me.  The garage name is on the parking ticket, which has been in my bag the whole time.

I wonder about myself sometimes.

While we were wandering around lost, I noticed some interesting looking statues and decided to take a few photos.  I guess it wasn’t a total waste of time.