Aug 23, 2015

Meteor Shower from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

Perseid Meteor Shower

We went out to our firepit from 2 to 3 AM to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. Check out the photos we captured. Enjoy.


Storm over Boulder from Gregg Burch on Vimeo.

The Power of God's Creation

Watched a storm pass through over Boulder from the porch of our cabin. Caught some video. Check it. Learn more about off-grid log cabin living here.


Jul 7, 2015

Culture trumps Vision

This article from the Leadership Network is the best I've seen on culture in churches. One of the points made: "The way people are treated, the way they treat their peers, and their response to their leaders is the air people breathe. If that air is clean and healthy, people thrive and the organization succeeds, but to the extent that it is stagnant, discouraging, or genuinely toxic, energy subsides, creativity lags, conflicts multiply, and production declines. I’m not suggesting that churches and nonprofits drop their goals and spend their time holding hands and saying sweet things to each other. A strong, vibrant culture stimulates people to be and do their very best and reach the highest goals."

I spent an hour today talking with my friend and teacher Rosalind Fritz today. I talked about the article for a minute, and she promptly pointed out that structure trumps culture. Indeed, structure operates at a deeper level, as indicated in this post: The Iceberg Model, illustrated below.


Jun 21, 2015

Father's Day Message

Happy Father's Day. I preached the Father's Day message today at City Church Eastside. Above you see my father and mother, Bill & Milbre Burch when they married in 1943, just before he shipped out to build combat river crossings in the Corps of Engineers on the Burma Road. They wouldn't see each other again until the end of World War 2.  See the message here.

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May 20, 2015

Robert Fritz: Fundamentals of Structural Thinking

Here is a 30 minute introduction to the Fundamentals of Structural Thinking from my mentor and teacher Robert Fritz.


May 13, 2015

Hawaii: the Big Island

 We continued a tradition of our mothers, taking grandkids on a 10-year-old trip. So, we took our oldest granddaughter, Miya, to the big island of Hawaii. We snorkeled with endangered sea turtles, swam with dolphins, went to a luau, and watched lava flowing from Kilauea. What a wonderful adventure. See the pics and video here.


Apr 19, 2015

This is how we Winter

 Our friends and family down South understand why we excape the heat in the summer to go to 9000 feet in Colorado. What they don't understand is why we go there in the winter as well. So, here is a post to help our friends understand, This is how we Winter. See more videos and pics here.

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Apr 10, 2015

Patagonia: Rio Manso Lodge

 Genie and I took a two week trip to Argentine Patagonia in January. See the pictures and video here.


Patagonia: Challhuaquen Lodge

 Patagonia summer is truly incredible. Big mountains, big fish, big glaciers. See the pics and video here.


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.