The Parable of the Fishless Fishermen

The Parable of the Fishless Fishermen

Here’s a little parable we looked at in class last week. I really liked it. So, what do you make of it? How does it speak to you and your situation?

“Parable of the Fishless Fishermen”

There was a group called The Fisherman’s Fellowship. They were surrounded by streams and lakes full of hungry fish. They met regularly to discuss the call to fish, the abundance of fish, and the thrill of catching fish. They got excited about fishing!

Someone suggested that they needed a philosophy of fishing, so they carefully defined and redefined fishing, and the purpose of fishing. They developed fishing strategies and tactics. Then they realized that they had been going at it backwards. They had approached fishing from the point of view of the fisherman, and not from the point of view of the fish. How do fish view the world? How does the fisherman appear to the fish? What do fish eat, and when? These are all good things to know. So they began research studies, and attended conferences on fishing. Some traveled to far away places to study different kinds of fish, with different habits. Some got PhD’s in fishology. But no one had yet gone fishing.

So a committee was formed to send out fisherman. As prospective fishing places outnumbered fisherman, the committee needed to determine priorities. A priority list of fishing places was posted on bulletin boards in all of the fellowship halls. But still, no one was fishing. Asurvey was launched, to find out why. Most did not answer the survey, but from those that did, it was discovered that some felt called to study fish, a few, to furnish fishing equipment, and several to go around encouraging the fishermen. What with meetings, conferences, and seminars, they just simply didn’t have time to fish.

Now, Jake was a newcomer to the Fisherman’s Fellowship. After one stirring meeting of the Fellowship, he went fishing and caught a large fish. At the next meeting, he told his story, and he was honored for his catch. He was told that he had a special “gift of fishing.” He was then scheduled to speak at all the Fellowship chapters and tell how he did it.

With all the speaking invitations and his election to the board of directors of the Fisherman’s Fellowship, Jake no longer has time to go fishing. But soon he began to feel restless and empty. He longed to feel the tug on the line once again. So he cut the speaking, he resigned from the board, and he said to a friend, “Let’s go fishing.” They did, just the two of them, and they caught fish. The members of the Fisherman’s Fellowship were many, the fish were plentiful, but the fishers were few!

(Photo by: Lucas Jans on flickr)

5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary

Wow! I can’t believe that the Center for Youth Ministry at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary is celebrating our 5th anniversary. Tomorrow we’ve got a celebration planned to give thanks to God and everyone who has been involved with training youth workers in Mexico during the last 5 years.

We were one of (if not the first) youth ministry program offered in Latin America, and we have enjoyed the last five years. We are seeing God do many things in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, and we are excited to be a part of it.

I’ll be posting more things tomorrow, but for now, here’s a quick promotional video we made for the celebration dinner:

(photo by: House of Sims on flickr)

Biblical Theology of Missions

Biblical Theology of Missions

There has been a little change to my reading plan. I’m taking a class at Columbia Biblical Seminary called Biblical Theology of Missions, so I have a few other books I’ll be reading (and writing reports on) in the next few weeks.

I haven’t received my other books yet, so I’ve started reading “Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions
” by John Piper. I had read part of this book before, but now I have to pay even more attention so I can write a report on it.

The other two books that I’m reading for my class are: The Bible and Other Faiths: Christian Responsibility in a World of Religions and In Step With the God of the Nations.

I’m looking forward to the class. I think it’s going to be beneficial. I’m sure I’ll be posting some of my thoughts on the topics.

(photo by bies on flickr)

Seminary Event LIVE today

Today the Seminary is having a huge promotion event. There are conferences, sample classes (I’m teaching one), visitation of the dorms, and many other things.

I’ll be broadcasting some of it live below, in case you want to check out what’s happening. It will all be in Spanish, but I’m trying to broadcast live my class that I’ll be teaching at 1 pm (2 pm Eastern).

We’re hoping that this event will allow God to speak to the people who are feeling called to attend Seminary. If you get a chance, please pray for this event today.