This is a website about what I (Mark Rogers) believe and do. It is about guns, the shooting sports, self defense, responsibility, friends and life. It contains advice and insight developed and written from a Christian perspective.
The guns that I write about (primarily pistols and revolvers) are guns I have owned, tested and shot over extended periods of time. I pay for, maintain and update the web site.
About Links On the CGO Site
There are links to Christian churches, organizations and resource sites that you will find valuable.
There are a few commercial links to businesses I use and organizations I support. The organizations are advocates of gun rights and the businesses are dependable firearms and accessories dealers that I personally use for my shooting needs.
As to Christian credentials, I have been a born again believer for 30 years. For that entire time I've been a member of one large, fundamental, non-denominational Christian church in Western Arkansas.
I graduated from the church's 3 year Bible Institute in 1985, worked in lay-ministry for 20 years in the area of Group Ministry and teaching. I served on the full time Pastoral Staff for 9 years.
I was a licensed minister for that time and my job title was "Small Group Director", responsible for the development and structure of Small Groups church-wide.
I primarily shoot, for practice and recreation, from 1000-2000 rounds of handgun and rifle ammo per month and reload a good deal of ammo.
I led a shooting group in my church called "Right on Target" for 4 1/2 years, and am an NRA member.
I have a background in two styles of martial arts (Goju-Kai Karate and Taekwondo), and have been a self defense products retailer. I am a CCW (concealed weapon permit) holder and daily carry various handguns concealed.
Personally: I work out hard to stay fit and healthy, love to shoot, fish, workout, and do lots of things with my family. I have a wife, daughter, 3 dogs, and a host of some of the greatest Christian friends on earth.
Treatment and Response of the CGO Site
As to the content of this site, it will be conversational, informative, opinionated and sometimes right down raw. However it will operate without profanity -- even suggested profanity will not be used by me or anyone contributing to the site.
If I am abrasively critical of some people, please don't write to me with the "you call yourself a Christian" nonsense. Jesus referred to the Pharisees of His day as "snakes, vipers, whitewashed tombs, hypocrites" and more. Nowhere are we required to be silent about blatant stupidity and irresponsibility.
My attitude towards "online Christianity".
Since some of this site is about what I think, I'll start here by expressing my nausea with web masters who claim Christianity as their faith and lace their web pages with suggestiveness and profanity.
God doesn't give us the option of deciding how much we are going to apply what He requires, while acting like pagans in areas of our life where it suits us. When it comes to Christianity, get in or get out. But don't make the rest of the world puke by your foul representation of Christ.
Heb 6:4-6 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
I am happy to hear from guests to this website provided that the communication is polite, intelligent, and sincere. (If intelligence is lacking, I can live with polite and sincere.)
I will read and consider emails and articles that are sent to me when I'm able. It must be understood by anyone emailing me that any or all of your email or article may be shared on the pages of this web site for one of two reasons:
(1) Because the email or article is intelligent, articulate and helpful.....or......
(2) The article is so unthinkingly stupid that the author deserves to have their stupidity shared with the world.
My preference is to share the first kind.
Anonymous emails will be deleted without reading, and "FW" emails containing ridiculous, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories will be shared with the world along with the sender's name under # 2 above.
Necessary Confidentiality: To be clear, if you write to me with a personal problem needing help from me as a Christian, if needed, your communication will be kept absolutely confidential.
For other necessary reasons, you may need to maintain confidentiality when contacting me. If that is the case, simply communicate that to me. Your contact will be kept private.
Please NOTE: This is a personal web site. The positions, beliefs and opinions, religious and political, in it are mine unless otherwise noted to be the contribution of another writer. I am responsible for the content, and the web site is not in any way connected to any other person or organization, religious or secular. Any reference to organizations, churches, or people is a courtesy and not requested by those organizations, churches, or people. My opinions are not those of the organizations or churches linked or referenced to and they have not had part or input into this site.
BOTTOM LINE: I love God, have faith in Christ, and enjoy firearms and recreational shooting. I expect the vast majority of people who visit this site will be intelligent, polite, like-minded people who will be capable of invigorating discourse.
I look forward to getting to know you all. But, with this being the web, the somewhat abrasive language above is necessary. My apologies to those who don't deserve it who have to wade through it.