Monthly Archives: November 2016

Adjusting Behavior Accordingly

If you’re not tracking direction, speed, acceleration, resistance, you have no idea if what you’re doing will get you where you want to go. To successfully get from point A to point B, whether it’s in the physical world, or the … Continue reading

The price of fear

I’ve spoken to a lot of you who are semi-interested in missions but don’t take the leap. I often wonder what the real reason for that is. Getting to the “root cause” – asking “Five Whys” – is often a challenge. … Continue reading

When to listen, and when to mute

Last night I made the decision to mute several keywords on Twitter. (You can do this on the Tweetbot social media client.) I follow a lot of journalists and foreign policy analysts on Twitter. It’s an important source of news … Continue reading

The importance of Done.

“What is measured, gets done,” says the famous quote. Correlate: what can’t be done or seen to be done, can’t get measured. (And therefore remains undone.) The “done” state is one of the most important factors in defining a task. … Continue reading

Collecting holidays

It’s Turkey Day in America – the day we set aside for feasting and thankfulness. Today, our family is gathering with two others to celebrate and be thankful. When we lived abroad in Southeast Asia, we chose to celebrate Thanksgiving, typically gathering … Continue reading

Putting the trees in the context of the forests

One of the best ways to make sure a task gets done, to me, is to put the tree in the context of the forest. I use a Bullet Journal to organize: I find this to be one of the best ways … Continue reading

The Purpose of Peoples Lists

The purpose of a people group list (e.g. Joshua Project, World Christian Database, PeopleGroups.info) is not to deliver the most hyper-accurate census of all of the ethnicities in the world. That would be virtually impossible, anyway. No one – not … Continue reading

Missional Labor Clouds

This brief post uses the neologism ‘labor clouds.’: It turns out that John’s new company NewCo is using Work Market to create and manage a labor cloud of writers and editors to create a new publication. Some of these writers and … Continue reading

More money on dog food?

There’s a quote from Leonard Ravenhill I see from time to time: “Today we spend more money on dog food than missions.” Do you know the source of it, and the benchmark statistics? If so, please comment below – because I … Continue reading

Short-term, Long-term, Expats, Nationals, and the E-scale

In mission circles there have long been debates about sending short-term vs. sending long-term, and about supporting nationals vs. sending expatriates. A lot of the time, these arguments seem to be framed as either money or security issues: where terms … Continue reading