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Rick Bartlett
working to make the this world and the next a better place
working to make the this world and the next a better place

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Considering the Unexpected, in a Graveyard, in the Dark.
Do you like surprises? Scary movies? How do you deal with the unexpected? For me, I’d rather follow the Scouting motto and, “Be Prepared” than face anything that might disrupt my day. What if I asked you these questions while we were walking in a graveyard ...

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MOOC Resources
On March 3rd I lead a session for educators at the iTrac Kansas conference on the usefulness of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) for personal and professional development. Here are some of the organizations offering MOOC's that I refer to: https://www.e...

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Revisiting Lament on the Youth Specialties Blog
A couple weeks ago I had a blog post published on the Youth Specialties website. I thought it turned out really well if I do say so myself. If you didn't see it you can read the post here:

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New Tabor Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation video released today
We just posted a brand new video about the Tabor MEI program. Have a look and let me know what you think. Tabor College Wichita M.A. in Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Tabor College on Vimeo . If you'd like to talk more about this degree. Plea...

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Wandering "Okies" today
I recently finished The Grapes of Wrath, one of the most difficult-to-read novels I've picked up in a long time. For me, it was a difficult book, not due to the grammar, although the way Steinbeck quotes the "English" spoken in that time is very hard to com...

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The sad death of Christmas Cards
Here we are in an old Christmas card photo Has the giving of Christmas cards died a quick and sad death? I awoke with the song “White Christmas” playing in my head the other morning. One line kept repeating over and over, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,...

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Need a suggestion for a Christmas Gift? Pick up the Bad Habits of Jesus by Leonard Sweet
The first time I heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” I was around 10 years old. I was in my local library looking for adventure books; the librarian wanted me to read a certain novel and I didn’t like how the front cover looked. She gave me...

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"Behold" = time to pay attention
Luke 2:10: 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; I’ve always loved the part of the Christmas story where the vast host of angels show up. There’s something about th...

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Remembering Memory
In mid October I had the privilege of participating in a United Methodist national youth leadership conference in Malawi. I was there to teach on entrepreneurship as one component of the program. While there, one of the young men I met was named Memory. He ...

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Cultural Hooks
The Acura NSX ad hit my Twitter feed this week. In the commercial a car is crafted to the soundtrack of David Lee Roth shouting and screaming, music building with percussion, and finally Eddie Van Halen’s signature guitar. It’s the intro to Running with the...
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