Are you faced with a problem? (Emergency? First call 911.) Or sudden new opportunity? Want my help? Join Small Business Chamber for free right now, just "Visit Group" on http://Facebook/Small.Business.Chamber or call me (303)861-1447
Monday, December 30, 2019
Investigative report on Colorado Internet.
My colleagues on the @denverpost business desk an I spent the last few weeks of 2019 exploring where broadband Internet is and isn't in Colorado and what it will take to get to 100% access. Read about what we learned in part 1 and 2 of our series "Up to Speed." (mini thread) pic.twitter.com/7AoAbxpYfB
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Sunday, December 08, 2019
In the Age of AI (full film) | FRONTLINE
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My son John...
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Thursday, December 05, 2019
Media Release, Thursday, December 5, 2019
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc 1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 80210 www.SmallBizChamber.org (303)861-1447
Contact: John Wren, (303)861-1447 (Media please request cell.)
MEDIA ADVISORY December 5, 2019
Denver, 12/5/19--Long-time community activist John Wren announced last week a new campaign to strengthen the grassroots. "If we are successful it could have a big impact on the 2020 elections and beyound," said Wren. As promised last week, this is the first of the 2nd Thursday media advisory to track progress posted on www.JohnWren.com," said Wren. "I don't want to mislead anyone, although we have a very active online presense and lots of follows and likes, our Small Business Chamber is still a one-man band. I'm looking for volunteers, we hope to interview, select, and train volunteers as we move towards Ben Franklin's birthday January 17, celebrations that started here in Denver in 2003 for his 300th at Denver Thomas Jefferson High School.
"We will have much more to announce next week, after the first week of operation of our new IDEA.OODA Cafe Online Meetup, which will be free to join until Ben Franklin's birthday, a place to share experience about startup, check it out: www.Facebook.com/groups/IDEA.OODA.Cafe.
"No rsvp is ever require for our free, open public meetings, but an rsvp for our new IDEA.OODA Cafe would be very, very helpful this next couple of weeks as we become more a part of the Commons on Champa for our Friday gathering, see https://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber, concluded Wren. John S. Wren, MBA is the founder, President and CEO of the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc is a Colorado not-for-profit corporation. www.SmallBizChamber.org . (303)861-1447
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Media Advisory at 12 Noon
My media advisory will be posted here today and each Friday until the 2020 Presidential election.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc
1881 Buchtel Blvd. #501, Denver, CO 80210
Contact: John Wren, (303)861-1447
(Media please request cell.)
November 27, 2019
Long-time community activist John Wren announced today a new campaign to strengthen the grassroots. "If we are successful it could have a big impact on the 2020 elections and beyound," said Wren. He promised a media advisory each Thursday to track progress. "For more information please call me at (303)861-1447.
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc is a Colorado not-for-profit corporation. Wren is the founder and serves as the current President.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Happy birthday Allie!
Celebrating Allie Wren's 40th birthday at Dazzell's!
Allie arrives at Dazzell's:
Act II-- More music.
Act III-- Here's the food:
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Tom Hanks On ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’ (Full Interview) | TODAY
Have you seen this yet? Going on Thanksgiving?
"It's good to talk."
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
A Love Letter-- In the beginning.
A Love Letter
It was the best.
It was the worst.
It is still the best and the worst. It's always that way. The very best, nothing better, always has some of the worst in it.
It all began when Janet and I took the train to Chicago just before Thanksgiving in 1964.
It was our senior year, our football team had just lost our last game of the season, if we'd won, which we should have, I'd be staying to play in the playoffs for the state championship.
The entire TJ (Denver Thomas Jefferson High School) yearbook staff was being chaparoned by Mrs. Shapiro (Sandy's, the editor's, mom) and Mr. Art Mason, an English teacher and the yearbook sponsor for the 4th time; he and dozens of students had been documenting the school since the Fall of 1960 when it was written up in Life Magazine, it opened as part of the space race spawned by the Russians launch of Sputnic.
All this comes to mind right now, as it has every year at this time, today is the 55th Sunday before Thanksgiving, because my annual memories of getting to know Janet on the trip to Chicago, the best, also marks the worst, the aniversary of my going to war with 8 of my team mates and their defenders, a fight that went public and eventually involved the Denver school board, who eventually made a decision with my future father-in-law protesting their meeting (captured in the Denver Post) and the superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
For years I'd read through the letters that were sent to me by friends and strangers encouraging me to keep fighting. I eventually kept them in a gold box that got thrown away when Janet and I divorced.
This year, I'm going to write this. For better or worse.
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Want to start? Pivot? Stop? Listen to 1) PAYG, 2) YouTube, 3) Facebook. Then call me!
My next post here on JohnWren.com will be a love letter, here's why:
I've been working on what I'm doing now (SBCC, Socrates Cafe, OODA Cafe, Franklin Circles, etc. etc.) since November 15, 1979 when pop died. https://Facebook.com/JohnEWren
Next to Pop's death the 3rd biggest event in my life, other than Janet and I marrying in 1967 and the births and lives of our 4 kids, happened the Monday before Thanksgiving in 1964, I'll tell you more in my next post here, I'm about to write a love letter inspired just now as I did these 3 things below I've share with you on Facebook.
Would you help me? If you take what I've posted below seriously and actually do the 3 things that are suggested yourself, I'd be very, very interested in the results you might obtain. PLEASE call me or see me at one of our free SBCC meetings and let me know if you'd rate the below 3-steps on Rotten Tomatoes, if it's a 9 or 10 let me know with your comment here, otherwise call or email your rating and suggestions to me, ok? John Wren John@SmallBizChamber.org
Now I'm going to start the love letter...
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Saturday, November 23, 2019
THE CURSE OF CREATIVITY - Powerful Life Advice | Jordan Peterson
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Jordan Peterson On Loneliness and The Importance of Human Connections
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Jerry Seinfeld HBO Debut - 1981
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Performing Therapy On Yourself: Self-Knowledge and Self-Realization
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Jordan Peterson Explains Psychoanalytic Theory
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Denver 1987/ PLEASE FORWARD
Watch, then share.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
New! Group forming that will use this book to get started.
I had several conversations with Dr. Langs before he passed away, and I've read many of his books.
He wanted to make the benefits of psychotherapy available to the average person for true emotional sobriety.
If you make be interested in a study group that would start with a study of this book for 4 or 5 weeks, please let me know and I'll fill you in on the details. Call if you have any questions.
# posted by John S Wren : 11/19/2019 12:34:00 PM
Monday, November 18, 2019
Let's talk today:
This afternoon (11-18) and each Monday I have "Office Hours" at 1311 York Street, 3rd Floor. It is a social gathering for newcomers to recovery and anyone interested in a spiritual way of living.
This evening (Monday, 11-18) there is a Socrates Cafe in the Denver Tech Center, just west of I25 on Arapahoe Road, for more about it and optional (most don't, walk-ins are welcome) rsvp, see https://Meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-Society
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
On David Hume by Adam Smith.
From James Fieser's (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hume Archives:
LETTER FROM ADAM SMITH, LL.D.
TO WILLIAM STRAHAN, ESQ.
Kirkaldy, Fifeshire, Nov. 9. 1776
It is with a real, though a very melancholy, pleasure that l sit down to give you some account of the behaviour of our late excellent friend, Mr. Hume, during his last illness.
Though, in his own judgment, his disease was mortal and incurable, yet he allowed himself to be prevailed upon, by the entreaty of his friends, to try what might be the effects of a long journey. A few days before he set out, he wrote that account of his own life, which, together with his other papers, he has left to your care. My account, therefore, shall begin where his ends.
He set out for London towards the end of April, and at Morpeth met with Mr. John Home and myself, who had both come down from London on purpose to see him, expecting to have found him at Edinburgh. Mr. Home returned with him, and
AT LAST! HELP FOR NEW CAREERS, NEW PROJECTS, CAMPAIGNS, AND NEW BUSINESSES USING JOHN BOYD'S OODA LOOP.
Live progress report each Friday afternoon at the Commons on Champa, join us! John Wren
DENVER-- 11/15/19 John Wren announced today a new effort to help individuals create new Good Work. "It's under construction," said Wren, "please watch for our new, improved Startup Show coming soon, and join us live for a progress report and dialogue each Friday, 2:30 p.m. at the Commons on Champa." For more information see https://Meetup.com/Small-Biz-Chamber.
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Saturday, October 19, 2019
WSJ asks how phone calls could be improved:
I was with Bell Telephone when we coined the term "telemarketing" and spent millions to reposition "telephone sales" which at the time was the most hated term in the English language. It worked.
I then started one of the first telemarketing agencies in the US. We did projects for large and small businesses. My articles appeared in the first issues of Telemarketing Magazine, and I spoke at local and national business association meetings.
Bell Labs research and my own experience were the cornerstones for training on this very topic. Main point: put personality in the call. Arthur Godfrey was the first to do this with the radio, his show sold truckloads of Lipton Tea.
Name given by the Christian world to the prayer which Jesus taught his disciples (Matt. vi. 9-13; Luke xi. 1-4). According to Luke the teaching of the prayer was suggested by one of Jesus' disciples who, on seeing him holding communion with God in prayer, asked him to teach them also to pray, as John the Baptist had similarly taught his disciples a certain form of
# posted by John S Wren : 10/09/2019 08:07:00 AM
Monday, September 30, 2019
Then and now.
Jessica Lang. Above, 1991 when she won the Academy Award for leading actress Blue Sky with Tommy Lee Jones, and yesterday in Sunday New York Times.
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Review Small Business Chamber of Commerce Inc, if it's a 4 or 5, post here, if less than than instead post here as a comment or email me and we'll fix it, ok? :-) Thanks!
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Friday, September 27, 2019
seems to me Pope Francis is following the instructions of his namesake St. Francis, and encouraging me and you to do the same: Pope Francis endorses claim that US Christians are engaged in ‘ecumenism of hatred’ | News | LifeSitehttps://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-endorses-claim-that-us-christians-are-engaged-in-ecumenism-of-hatred
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Monday, September 16, 2019
We talk about startup, each morning live by 10 a.m. Monday thru Friday on our Facebook Page, where members post information about what they do. To be a member "Visit Group" there now or anytime, post an introduction of yourself (memberships are all personal) check it out: https://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber
Photo: Commons on Champa, here in Denver right across the street from the RTD Convention Center and Theatre District Stop. We meet there each Friday at 2:30 p.m. for the IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop, free. Questions? Call (303)861-1447 PLEASE SHARE
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Startup Weak or Strong?
Topic today on Startup Show, free Monday thru Friday, live by 10 a.m. To be a startup catalyst for your neighborhood where you live or work, become a member by clicking "Visit Group" on our Facebook Page and then doing a Facebook Watch Party with your Facebook friends. We will contact you with an invitation to be with us at an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop. Check it out at https://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber Questions? call (303)861-1447
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Sunday, September 01, 2019
How to Do More Good Work: Love HP, Love Neighbor.
Want to be a Startup Catalyst for your local community? Join our IDEA Cafe Meetup Group, we will help you start an IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop with your local chamber, club, association, college, and community newspaper.
Join us now, while it's still free:
IDEA Cafe Meetup
Public group · 7 members
Sponsored by Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc. www.SmallBizChamber.org
PARDON OUR DUST, REMODELING THIS SITE. JOIN NOW WHILE IT'S STILL FREE....
Photo: President Carter kept this on his desk in the White House.
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Friday, August 23, 2019
New Practice Resources for Startups.
(RECOVER)Social Gathering. Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Walk-ins only,“a time and place where new people might bring their problems… to be attended by anyone or everyone interested in a spiritual way of life.” FromBB P. 159. This month at 1311 York St, 3rd Fl. Denver www.DACCAA.org
(THINK)Socrates Circle. We choose a topic, share our thoughts, ask each other questions. Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.University of
Printed in Benjamin Franklin, Political, Miscellaneous, and PhilosophicalPieces, ed. Benjamin Vaughan, (London, 1779), pp. 533-6; also draft: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Previous question, to be answer’d at every meeting.
Have you read over these queries this morning, in order to consider what you might have to offer the Junto [touching] any one of them? viz. 1. Have you met with any thing in the author you last read, remarkable, or
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
This was the poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France.
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Saturday, July 13, 2019
WCS 2019 Saturday Afternoon Live Stream:
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard: We are an underdog campaign
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Saturday, July 06, 2019
It's you I like.
Great commencement talk:
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ABSTRACT Cooke, P. World Turned Upside Down: Entrepreneurial Decline, Its Reluctant Myths and Troubling Realities. Preprints2019, 2019010228 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0228.v1). Cooke, P. World Turned Upside Down: Entrepreneurial Decline, Its Reluctant Myths and Troubling Realities. Preprints 2019, 2019010228 (doi: 10.20944/preprints2019Abstract
The aim of this paper is to attempt to understand why the popular academic and policy field of promoting, studying and evangelising “entrepreneurship” should have been associated with great success but, in the past twenty years or more in many advanced economies, so much failure. From the US to lesser and developing countries, emerging economies and the European Union, entrepreneurship, especially in regard to start-ups and particularly high-tech start-ups have been in constant more or less recent decline. This is seldom registered in the mainstream literature where a positive and benign profile is generally presented. The paper examines this phenomenon, ties it partly with the “productivity paradox” and seeks tentative hypotheses in relation to the apparent illusions if not delusions regarding “entrepreneurship”.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
"What's wrong with football."
I just heard George Will say, "what's wrong with football, among many other things... " see today's interview.
This is a topic that's been on my mind as my grandsons get interested and involved with sports.
So I just Googled "George Will What's Wrong Football" and here are a few of his words of wisdom on the topic:
"For all players who play five or more years, life expectancy is less than 60; for linemen it is much less." Aug 3, 2012
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
New book about startup
Due out in July, yet another book (2nd edition? Did anyone see the 1st?) about startup from the Boulder self-appointed gurus. You can read a sample of the first few pages they have posted on Google Scholar:
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Who do you like for Denver Mayor? Vote in this straw poll:
Who do you support for Denver Mayor?
— Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc (@IDEACafe) May 22, 2019
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Monday, May 20, 2019
Rationality of Belief in God - Peter Kreeft at Iowa State University
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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Be a Startup Ambassador!
How? Watch the Startup Show each morning, Monday thru Friday on https://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber and while you are there "Visit Group" and join us, it's free and fast.
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Friday, May 03, 2019
Join us Sunday? Just Tweeted: Live in #Denver? Who's getting your vote for Mayor? #COPolitics We are here-by inviting the candidates to dialogue with us at the University of Denver. 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Anderson Academic Commons. More info https://Meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-Society
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Roger Scruton at Oxford.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Writer? Want to be?
Want a career as a writer? Read "Writers' Beginnings" Tina Jordan's excellent column in today's NYT Book Review, posted in SBCC Facebook Group, click "Visit Group" on SBCC Facebook Page, https://t.co/fc2ZpftAdm This will be our topic tomorrow on your Startup Show. Thank Tina at Twitter.com/TinaJordanNYT
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Friday, April 12, 2019
God, Country, Commerce.
This is why we are starting the Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc to cooperate with local communities to help them do what 5280 Magazine says I've done here in Denver over the last 20 years, "John Wren... has infused Denver with an entrepreneurial spirit." I work to preserve the opportuity my father had to start a business for my grandkids.
More about this on Startup Show, today (Fri, 4-12) at 10 a.m. Denver time, noon Eastern, "Visit Group" on our Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber and join us right now to be able to see it, it's free and fast! John Wren.
SBCC Startup Method-- Practices of: Recover, Imagine, Think, Learn; to Start, Grow, Flourish. OODA Loop. BE A STARTUP AMBASSADOR FOR YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER.
Who cares the most about the grassroots? Who will "Share" this new message the most, red or blue? Your red or blue share is your vote. See red and blue posts below and then please SHARE! To be a guest on the Startup Show, share the daily red or blue question posted at the start of each show, see "Visit Group."
Editor's Notes: Colorado history consists of givers and of takers. Much of our history revolves around the takers. Mostly we celebrate those who have extracted riches from the Colorado earth. At the Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library (CC&W), our student King Fellows and interns lean towards focusing on the givers, on role models for a cynical age. All too often, these quiet heroes go unsung in our histories. At CC&W, we
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Sunday, February 10, 2019
The TV Show to Watch!
I just discovered The American Dream TV Show, have you watched it? It is very well done, I recommend it. Check it out:
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
New interview with General Stanley McChrystal
PLEASE SHARE this very interesting interview with Gen. McChrystal, we will discuss it tomorrow (Fri, 2-8) on Startup Show, live at noon Eastern, 9 Pacific Time, tomorrow free and open to everyone.
See Startup Show tomorrow, join us right now or any time via "Visit Group" blue button, on SBCC Facebook Page https://Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber
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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Bill Belichick On Leadership, Winning, Tom Brady Not A 'Great Natural At...
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Where were you in 1992?
Reading about Julia Cameron in today's New York Times Style Section it's worth reading. Her Artist's Way first printing sold out the first day when it was published in 1992, makes me think back to what I was doing then, and why I instantly disliked her and the book she rode in on.
In 1992 I was living with Fr. David Morgan's Center for Christ Centered Ministries with a room mate who eventually was killed bicycling through France. For years I'd held what came to be called the IDEA Association, and I intended to hold it there.
The IDEA Association grew out of a TV and radio show I had back then which I started just after Janet left me with 4 kids and a note Read more »
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Friday, January 11, 2019
Freeman Dyson: Heretical Thoughts About Science and Society
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Help! Please help me do Good Work!.
I'm looking for a Catholic priest and volunteers, a webmaster, board members, exec director. Any suggestions? I just Tweeted this:
want to find a Catholic priest to bless the organization I've started,
the result of over 20 years of work. I also need volunteers to help with
our 1st National Convention. Suggestion? Want to volunteer? call
Our purpose is to restore Mass Flourishing by doing more Good Work ourselves, and helping others to do the same. For more watch Startup Show, live each morning at 10 Denver.
I'll talk about this on Startup Show today, I hope you'll watch. Live at 10 a.m. Denver Time, any time after that by recording. Click "Visit Group" on www.Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber and join us if you haven't already, it's fast and free.
share with any Catholic priest who you think might be willing to bless
our work, ok? I wish Thomas Merton was still alive, I'd ask him. Fr.
James Martin? Fr. Richard Rohr? Or... ?
How may I be helpful to you?
John S. Wren, MBA+
Founder and President,
Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Watch our Startup Show each morning, it's free:
"Visit Group" on www.Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber
Twitter: @JohnSWren or @IDEACafe
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Monday, January 07, 2019
Want emergency help?
Recovery, getting back up, sometimes requires help. How do you find help? That's the topic today on Startup Club, click on "Visit Group" on www.Facebook.com/Small.Business.Chamber and join us, it's free and fast.
Fr. Bruce Youngquist was an Episcopal priest who was ordained at Christ Church in Denver when Fr. David Wilson was the pastor.
Fr. Bruce had been an Intervarsity organizer for decades, starting bible studies on scores of college campuses.
I had the great privalage of being in a small group he and his wife Jo led at Christ Church and then again at St. Gabriel's Church. He helped me start a bible study in downtown Denver when I was working at Mountain Bell.
This was the text in one of the very last sessions I participated in with Fr. Bruce, in a home in Cherry Hills owned by a couple from England who attended St. Gabriel, where we all were members at the time.