Feb 2, 2015

How Backpacking Can Put You in Touch With Your Inner Saint

Great article on how backpacking is a spiritual experience.


Dec 1, 2014

From Madonna

"I have an iron will, and all of my will has always been to conquer some horrible feeling of inadequacy...I push past one spell of it and discover myself as a special human being, and then I get to another stage and think I'm mediocre and uninteresting....Again and again. My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And that's always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I've become Somebody, I still have to prove I'm Somebody. My struggle has never ended and it probably never will."

Ever have feelings of 'not good enough'? Check out this piece on identity to look underneath what's going on.


Loving Accountability

Presbyterian Pastor David Keck explains why accountability is critical in a healthy church. Keck says, Practicing accountability is one way congregants and pastors become more Christ-like. Thinking back on times when I’ve been held accountable, I realize that these difficult moments helped me to be a better pastor and a better Christian.

Check out further thoughts on accountability in this post, The Blessing of Accountability.


Nov 20, 2014

Intersection of Faith and Work from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

Theology of Vocation: Priesthood of all Believers

Our Lead Pastor at City Church Eastside, Scott Armstrong, invited me to join him in a six month Vocation Infusion Learning Journey this year. We traveled to four events across the country in six months. We read books, deepened our learning and saw how others bring this deeper understanding to life in their churches.

Join us for a twenty minute dialog on what we learned on this journey. See how your work is a calling from God just as sacred as any work in the church or nonprofit world. Enjoy.


Nov 2, 2014

Two Mindsets: Fixed vs. Growth

Fascinating research on how our attitudes towards our own intelligence is a great predictor of the future. Most structures I've seen leave people in a fixed mindset. Check it.


Nov 1, 2014

Robert Fritz - The Path of Least Resistance from Robert Fritz on Vimeo.

The Path of Least Resistance

Seminal video describing the work of my mentor and teacher Robert Fritz. Lays out the fundamentals of structural thinking. Been using this video in my structural consulting for years.


Oct 10, 2014

Visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Right after Labor Day, we drove over to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Over a year ago, we made reservations to stay in a rimside cabin at the historic lodge there. Our friend Beverly Gholson accompanied us. What a great adventure. See the pics here.


Mile High Gliding from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

Mile High Gliding

For my birthday, Genie gave me an hour long flight in a glider over the Front Range near Boulder. It was something I had wanted to do for 20 years, yet, when she booked the flight I had second thoughts. The reality of being towed up to 10,000 feet and cut loose without an engine made me a bit nervous. When I saw the plane, a bit of a beater many years old, my confidence did not increase. I found the limits of my courage, but pushed through and flew high up over the cabin and the Indian Peaks. Incredible experience, but I believe I have scratched that itch. See the photos here.


Aug 8, 2014

Bear in the Back Yard

A Black Bear appeared in the yard the other night. Caught some video and pics of him. Check it out.


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Jul 14, 2014

Camping Adventures with T@B-RV

 Genie and I doubled down on our passion for camping in the Western National Parks and Forests by buying a T@B-RV camper last weekend. We may have been influenced by the full moon, because we don't do such things often. Check out the photos of the T@B, and come along as we start adventuring with our new camper. See the photos here.


Jul 10, 2014

Birds of the Colorado Front Range

I added several pictures to my album Birds of the Colorado Front Range. See them here. Here you see a front and back view of a Western Tanager. Doesn't even look like the same bird.


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Jun 17, 2014

Hiking and Fishing Slovenia's Triglav National Park

 We spent a couple of weeks in Slovenia and Croatia with our Norwegian friends Marit and Morten, and their son Erik. We went to fly fish the Soca River and hike the Julian Alps in Triglav National Park. Check out the pictures here.


May 22, 2014

Theology of Vocation

I am taking part in a learning community with Scott Armstrong, our lead pastor at City Church Eastside to look at how we can bring a deep theology of vocation to our community. Most churches don't equip their people to live out their faith at their work. Check out this short video that illustrates this point. 


May 7, 2014

Eagle Peak Sunset from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

Sunset on the Divide

19 men came to the mountain last Thursday for our third Manmaker Leadership Retreat. Our topic was Biblical Masculinity, and we used a book called Men of Courage by Larry Crabb. We cooked beef tenderloin on the grill as we sipped craft brew, spirits and wine. Then, we took the guitar over to the Mountain Hytte to sit around a bonfire. Here is a video clip of the waning light of sunset over the divide. 


Apr 19, 2014

Time in the Spiritual Desert

Find yourself wandering through the spiritual desert? Entering into the dark night of the soul? Hear what Dan Allander has to say about it:

Our spiritual journey must lead through the desert or else our healing will be the product of our own will and wisdom. It is in the silence of the desert that we see clearly our attachments to the trinkets and baubles we cling to for our security and pleasure. The desert shatters the soul's arrogance and leaves the body and soul crying out in thirst and hunger. In the desert we trust God or die.

See my reflections on the Dark Night of the Soul here.


Mar 27, 2014

Puerto Rican Adventure

 Genie and I spent a couple of nights in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico before going to Fajarda to Las Casitas, the villas at El Conquistador Resort about an hour from town. The resort had a private beach, infinity pools, and a water park with slides and a lazy river. I posted video of our Segway Tour, and visit to the Water Park. Check out the photos and video here.



Mar 5, 2014

New GoPro Adventures

 I added two new videos to my post A Year Exploring with my GoPro Hero 3+. Above you will get an introduction to the back country ski trails we enjoy on Eagle Peak. Below you see my first time lapse sunset looking over the Divide, Indian Peaks Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park.


Feb 26, 2014


My reading this morning from Psalm 127: Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late for rest, eating the bread of anxious toil, for he gives sleep to his beloved. 

If stiving characterizes your life, consider what is motivating your striving. What's underneath your ambition. My striving was to prove myself, which was impossible, because I didn't belive it myself. See how our identity limits our spiritual growth, and can rob us of peace, joy and satisfaction with life. 


Feb 16, 2014

Moab Sunset Hummer Tour from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

Moab Sunset Hummer Tour

We spent three days touring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. While we were there, we took a Sunset Hummer Tour of the Hell's Revenge 4x4 trail. Found out we were the first tour of the season. We were the only ones signed up. Incredible to see where a Hummer can go (and where it can't). The video is almost 8 minutes. If you don't find it as mesmerizing as i do, be sure to look at the sunset at the end. Enjoy.


Feb 13, 2014

Sunrise in Arches National Park from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

Time Lapse Sunrises in Arches NP

Just posted a sunrise video from our trek down to Arches National Park. See the photos here.


Feb 10, 2014

Canyonlands: Islands in the Sky

We made our sixth visit to Canyonlands last week. This time we stayed up in Islands in the Sky. We captured a sunset from the Grand View Overlook, hiked to Mesa Arch and White Rim Overlook, reminisced about floating the Colorado through Canyonlands and Cataract Canyon, and driving the Shafer trail, one of the sketchiest roads I've ever driven. Enjoy the video and pictures here.


Arches National Park

We escaped from the snow last week and drove down to Moab. We spent a couple of days in Arches National Park, Hiking, driving and shooting photos and video. Went out for two sunrises and caught the glorious early morning light on the sandstone walls. Enjoy the rest of the pictures here.


Jan 30, 2014

Winter Storm

Just posted the newest of my GoPro Adventures. See the rest of my GoPro Adventuring posts here.



Jan 29, 2014

See the pink light of dawn on snow-covered Aspens

 Trekked out on snowshoes at dawn to capture the pink first light through the Aspen trees in our meadow. Also added several video clips of sunrise and sunset. See the pics/video here.


More GoPro Adventures

Two new GoPro adventures:

Skiing the Driveway from Gregg Burch on Vimeo. Wonderful fun after a 10" dump of snow.

Rocky Mountain National Park from Gregg Burch on Vimeo. Join us for a winter drive into Rocky with the GoPro suction cupped to the roof. Check out the rest of my video posts, A Year Exploring with my GoPro Hero 3+.


Do you have a vibrant inner faith?

In this article, David Brooks describes the difference between a vibrant inner faith, and a faith characterized by tradition and ritual. He describes the strong vein of hostility towards orthodox religious believers felt by the young. We have all heard the epithets: “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” “old-fashioned” and “out of touch.” Yet, he also describes a faith much deeper. He quotes Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel from his book “God in Search of Man”: 

Heschel understood that the faith expressed by many, even many who are inwardly conflicted, is often dull, oppressive and insipid — a religiosity in which “faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion.”

There must be something legalistic in the human makeup, because cold, rigid, unambiguous, unparadoxical belief is common, especially considering how fervently the Scriptures oppose it.

He goes on to describe a silent majority who experience a faith that is attractively marked by combinations of fervor and doubt, clarity and confusion, empathy and moral demand.Read the rest of the article here.


Jan 25, 2014

Never Give Up!

I saw this image here on Facebook today. It is a wonderful illustration of the need to see reality clearly when we make a plan. Most visions fail because we misidentify our starting point. We think we are closer to the vision than we actually are. This is what structural thinking is all about. Have you discovered the disconnects with reality in your worldview? If you don't clearly see your starting point, and the road ahead, you will rarely end up where you desire. For more, take a look at this post.


Jan 24, 2014

Raptor Tour of Boulder County

We went down and took a Raptor Tour with our friend Beverly. We do this every winter. This trip we were blessed to find a pair of Great Horned Owls, and a pair of Bald Eagles on a nest. Both of these are rare sightings. The picture above is an immature Bald Eagle. It takes five years for their head and tail to turn white. Check out the Hawk, Owl, and Eagle pictures here.