The Lost Practice of Church Discipline, Part 2

I wrote an article on Church Discipline from the context of the Organic Church, (there’s a paradox!) in December of 2013 for House2House Magazine.  The original article is here.

Following that article were some good comments and conversation and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share one of the comments I made here.  It really could have been another article.  I don’t have contact or permission with the person whose comment I am responding to.  If you go to the original article you will see it as the first comment and then my response as second. [Continue reading]

Pablo Giacopelli

Allow me to Introduce to you my friend, Pablo Giacopelli

I met Pablo Giacopelli in person about 2 years ago when he spoke in Mechanicsburg, PA at West Shore Evangelical Free Church.  I had “met” Pablo before that through the opportunity to read and review his book, Holding on Loosely and then we started emailing and Skyping.  Over the years I have found in him a good friend and kindred spirit.  I’ve also worked with him as a life coach and found his heart to be tender and his insight keen.  Bart’s Barometer has been in existence for a while, and I’ve never done an interview before.  I can’t think of a more appropriate first  person to present to my readers than my good friend, Pablo Giacopelli.

Pablo Giacopelli

Pablo Giacopelli

Born in Lima, Peru, Pablo Giacopelli learned to play tennis at an early age. In his eleventh year, rated the top young player in his country, he entered the international circuit; and at age 13, he attended a tennis academy in America. In his adult life, Pablo coached world-class players who reached further than they had before. His client’s successes included: quarter-final showings at a Grand Slam; several titles on the tour; top-ten yearly race rankings; year-end masters championships as well as many victories over the ten best players in the world.

Today, as the founder of UXL, Pablo serves as a Personal and Professional Performance Coach, helping athletes, creative artists, business leaders, and men and women from all walks of life define and attain their dreams. Drawing on biblical principles fleshed out in his own remarkable journey, he points people on a proven path to success that unites vision and energy with God’s grace.

Pablo is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is married to Madeleine. He is the father of five children: Vanessa, Jake, Mia, Gisella, and Anabella. [Continue reading]

Hippocrates Health Institute


I've been sharing a lot lately on social media and in previous blog articles about the lifestyle changes I've made in my diet and exercise.  I've lost 46 pounds since May 5 and reduced my previously high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  A … [Continue reading]

Top 3 Posts on Bart’s Barometer

Bart's Barometer has been in existence for a few years now.  It started as just a place to archive articles and posts from social media but this past month I've decided to become more serious and consistent in my blogging. The past two weeks I've … [Continue reading]

Is the Myers Briggs Test Obsolete?

Myers Briggs and BuzzFeed Quizzes the Same? I enjoyed reading an article this morning by Joseph Stromberg at Vox written a few days ago. Error: Embedded data could not be displayed. There's a lot of truth in this article.  For those familiar with … [Continue reading]

Atrial Fibrillation

Human Heart

Getting Healthy Part 3 In the first 2 sections of this short series of articles, I've been recounting some of the health challenges I've faced throughout my life.  The last article was on Thyroid Cancer.  This article discusses Atrial … [Continue reading]

Social Media Power


Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett It's not every day that people in Nebraska get a chance to do a photo op with a Beatle and one of the richest men in the world, when you're in Nebraska;  Maybe Larry the Cable Guy if you're lucky!  However, this … [Continue reading]

Thyroid Cancer

Bart Breen

Getting Healthy Part 2 Thyroid Cancer in My Past I was first diagnosed with problems in my thyroid gland about the age of 22 in 1985. At the time I had just finished up some undergrad work, was recently married and was working a job doing early … [Continue reading]

Ropes Course

Ropes Course

Over this past weekend I spent Saturday meeting with 6 other close friends who are partnered with me on an 80 day journey of personal growth.  In that time and partnership (which is about 1/2 complete at this point) we have been growing individually … [Continue reading]

Getting Healthy

Thyroid Gland

Taking Care of Yourself (The Start of a Series) Many who know me, know parts of my story and some of my journey in life, but I thought I'd share some of it and what is going on with me currently and how I am getting healthy.  I mean this to be … [Continue reading]

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