B4T Blog

Patrick Lai and guest bloggers write about the joys, challenges, and rewards that come with taking the Gospel to the least-reached through real business.

NEHEMIAH 1: Calling by Calling

NEHEMIAH 1: Calling by Calling

This is part 2 of 7 in a series about Nehemiah.We have become unhealthily obsessed with the word “calling” today. So much so that many people won’t get into the B4T game without being “called” by dream or vision or by seeing the name of a country written on a bathroom...

NEHEMIAH: Changing Careers

NEHEMIAH: Changing Careers

This is part 1 of 7 in a series about Nehemiah. I recently read about a guy in his mid-life who developed such a passion to fill a particular community need that, without further formal education, left his prestigious career as a sommelier to become a community...

KEEPING YOUR FIRST LOVE

KEEPING YOUR FIRST LOVE

Anyone who has read Revelation is probably confused. There are, however, a few things early in the book that are understandable to our finite minds without a great deal of interpretive skill. The letters to the churches of Asia (chapters 2-3) can be helpful to us in...

MANDATE TO PRESERVE

MANDATE TO PRESERVE

“Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to...

REDEFINING REPENTANCE

I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7, ESV) Our definition of repentance is a little outdated. For so long, we’ve used John the Baptist’s example when...

THE CALL OF PETER

THE CALL OF PETER

The spiritually minded person does not differ from the materially minded person chiefly in thinking about different things, but in thinking about the same things differently. It is possible to think materially about God, and spiritually about food.-William Temple,...

TAKING THE LONG VIEW

TAKING THE LONG VIEW

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV) As you read through Hebrews 11 you see sentences like this: “By faith so and so did such and such” that was completely out of the ordinary and sometimes even...

THE KIND YOKE OF JESUS

THE KIND YOKE OF JESUS

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV) There is...

PEOPLE WITH GRIT

PEOPLE WITH GRIT

For most of his new associates were thoroughly worldly. Skeptical views of which he was a stranger were freely discussed among them, and religion seldom spoken of without a sneer. To add to these dangers, the lad came under the influence of an older clerk, who though...

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