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.

What I Learned at Cambridge

What I Learned at Cambridge

Geoffrey Botkin
April 22, 2014

At Cambridge University in England the professors follow a system of teaching which has produced leaders for eight centuries. Last month I visited Cambridge and two questions have haunted me since then. How does Cambridge continue this impressive tradition? Why do other universities insist on following methods that produce weak followers, and not strong leaders?

How to Analyze Culture

How to Analyze Culture

Geoffrey Botkin
December 2, 2010

As I write this, my son Isaac is entering Egyptian air space. With three adventurous friends, he is about to begin a unique mission: to find, and then articulate, the ideas responsible for the survival of Egypt, the oldest continuous culture in the world. But how does one analyze a culture?

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A Message From Geoffrey Botkin

Geoffrey Botkin

The more I study history and dig into the turning points, the tipping points, and the forces that have shaped world history, the more I stand in awe of the force that first changed individuals, then families, and then nations: the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Western Conservatory is focused on equipping Christians to transform the culture, but only as the Lord transforms each of us individually and internally. The current cultural scene is dark, but seeing the transforming power of the gospel in my life has given me a lot of hope for our culture and for the world. And seeing what the grace of God is doing in my family makes me hopeful for all of your families. May God give us the grace to keep growing stronger in Him.