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 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

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 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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


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 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.


Jan 19, 2014

Incredible story of wealth addiction on Wall Street

Here is a courageous story of one trader facing his wealth addiction on Wall Street. For all my ambitious young friends who are looking to make their first million, I hope you read this.


Jan 14, 2014

Adventures with my new Go Pro Hero 3+

For Christmas, I go a Go Pro Hero 3+ video/still camera with a bunch of straps and accessories to attach it to moving objects. I am creating a blog of adventures with the Go Pro here. Here is one sample, follow the link to a stop-action sunset and sunrise, and action on the ski slopes at Eldora.

Learning to Drive from Gregg Burch on Vimeo. See the rest of the short clips here.



Jan 1, 2014

Final Photos posted to my Photo of the Week Blog

 Posted some Christmas pics and a bonus shot of Bull Elk on New Year's Day to finish out my Photo of the Week-2013 blog post. See the pics here. Happy New Year.


10 Church Planting Tips from 2013

Spotted this piece on this New Year's Day. Here are 10 tips for church planting. Good ideas. See them here.


Dec 31, 2013

New Year's Resolution: Find Balance, or at least Healthy Boundaries???

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I recently read an HBR blog post suggesting that happy workaholics should seek healthy boundaries, not balance in their lives. My experience is that being a workaholic does not often lead to a happy life. Our business culture in the US demands that we focus on career to the detriment of anything else if we aspire to the corner office.

But, the challenge is that most of the 25-45 year old professionals and entrepreneurs I coach are not willing to forgo any semblance of balance for career. Struggling with finding rest? Struggling to be present in the moment when you are away from work? Does work occupy your mind all your waking hours? Do you awake at night worrying about your work? If so, perhaps this year you might want to discover how to abide in Jesus and find abundant life. Check out this post if you desire more in your life than just work.


Dec 2, 2013

Panda Cub Twins at Zoo Atlanta

Genie and I got to see the Zoo Atlanta Panda Cub Twins over the weekend. These are the first twins to survive birth in an American Zoo, so it is an exciting moment at the zoo. Genie is a volunteer docent and amimal handler, so we are there a lot. See the Panda Pictures here.


Nov 20, 2013

Photo of the Week-Week 45

Atlanta BeltLine Art-Week 46

My photo of the week for last week. We have been walking the Atlanta BeltLine taking pictures of the art. See the rest of the photos here. 


13 Things Mentally Strong People don't do

Great list of what not to do if you want to live the abundant life. See it here.


Nov 18, 2013

Hiking trails around Atlanta and North Georgia

Henry Mill Falls in in Cochran Mill Park. Found this wonderful website listing the best trails around Atlanta and beyond. Check out Atlanta Hiking Trails here.