Looking a Plague in the Eye

Looking a Plague in the Eye

Geoffrey Botkin
September 30, 2014
“What’s your favorite plague? Mine’s the plague of frogs.” Thus began the debate in our community about the “P” word. The discussion was started by a five-year old boy, one of the few Americans who hadn’t dismissed plague as historical fiction. Until today, many Americans seemed to regard rampaging outbreaks as mythical, medieval or irrelevant annoyances. Or perhaps cinematic dramas. Or perhaps exotic evidence that Africa is a hopeless place. But today the exotic word Ebola became a household word in Dallas, Texas.
How World Leaders <br>Should Speak About Islam

How World Leaders
Should Speak About Islam

Geoffrey Botkin
September 20, 2014

Last week The President of the United States stood up to give a televised speech on the threat of the Islamic State. The world was watching. But Mr. Obama did not look presidential. He did not look like a leader of the free world with moral authority. He looked very much like a junior high student giving his first nervous book report to classmates, realizing halfway through that he picked the wrong book to review: a confusing fantasy with no plot.

Cancel the Obituary

Cancel the Obituary

Geoffrey Botkin
August 21, 2014

In medical news, Kent Brantley did not die today.

Instead, Emory Hospital’s isolation ward released Brantly, declaring him to be free of a Marburg virus that was expected to kill him. Dr. Brantly, 33, is the American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in June from one of his patients at a clinic in West Africa. Because there is no known cure for the pathogen, American news outlets had prepared obituaries for Dr. Brantly. But today he is one the few living persons worldwide with a hard-earned immunity to Ebola.

Lead Like a Boss, Dad

Lead Like a Boss, Dad

Geoffrey Botkin
August 8, 2014

A Canadian ad agency has just broken every politically correct rule of TV fatherhood. General Mills Canada hired the Toronto firm to pitch a product that’s “awesome and responsible”: Peanut Butter Cheerios. The commercial's Creative Director Josh Stein did something truly creative. He associated the two words with fatherhood. The result: a two minute tour of family life narrated by a young middle class dad who isn't dopey, clueless, cowardly, or detached from reality.

Goodbye, Greatheart

Goodbye, Greatheart

Victoria Botkin
July 12, 2014

After 94 years the life of my husband's mother has come to an end. There are so many things to be grateful for, so many things to admire in her, that it's hard to know where to begin. For me though, one heroic act stands out above all others.

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A Message From Geoffrey Botkin

Geoffrey Botkin

The year 2014 has been a turning-point year in world history, and in American history. It is ideas that are changing national and international conditions. Many conditions are changing by the day. A new Islamic caliphate has called for offensive worldwide Jihad. Violence is reaching into small-town America. A killer plague has landed in the Bible belt. Europe is abandoning the dollar. By the week, the American government and military forfeit the respect of both enemies and allies alike. Unsustainable national debt is coming due. Each of these developments will touch every American. But times of fearsome and sudden challenge have always been times of unique and positive cultural opportunity. Western Conservatory is pleased to provide tools for thinking and tools for creative cultural change during this favorable time in history. With great hope and optimism we are discovering that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, when applied to real life challenges, does have sharp cultural relevance. Join us as we explore this potent idea together.