LESSONS ON FISHING FROM A HERON

The following is contributed by a B4T worker in SE Asia Today I went over to the university to submit forms for the children’s visas. Then I had a leisurely walk around campus, thinking and praying, and looking at the wildlife! I stood and watched a Little Heron...

TESTING & TRIALS

The parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule who accidentally fell into a well. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving. So, he called his neighbors together and got them to haul dirt to...

OPTIMIZATION IS KEY IN B4T

Part 2 of a mini two part series. Last week we discussed why optimization is a more important term than maximization in the B4T realm. Ironically, the more you try to maximize any one input, the less maximized the output will be (and, indeed, the whole system may blow...

OPTIMIZATION vs MAXIMIZATION IN B4T

Part 1 of a mini two part series. Maximization is a much older buzz word in the business world than “sustainability,” yet it certainly has never gone out of vogue. Maximizing shareholder value, maximizing profit, and their converse maxims, minimizing costs, etc. have...

DISCERNING GOD’S WILL

At the recent B4T Expo several young people asked, “How do you discern God’s will?” This is a common and important question. In “Pursuing God’s Will Together” Ruth Haley Barton gives 9 ways that she determines God’s will. I have used and agree with Barton’s 9 and have...

ON BEING A DISCIPLE

Part 1 of a series of blogs on discipleship. Thanks to Jim Petersen for many of these ideas in this series of blogs, and to Mike Kotecki who originally discipled me. In Matthew 9, we read that Jesus was traveling and teaching around Galilee. One day He stopped and...