Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

The following is a guest post by my friend Jeff Goins. In it, he shreds a profound misunderstanding that some Christians have about money, selling, and marketing.

I’ve addressed these questions myself in years past. See the links at the bottom of the post. But Jeff’s article does a terrific job of excoriating some of the ludicrous ideas about money, promotion, and selling that some Christians have in their heads.

Thankfully, the viewpoint that Jeff obliterates is fast becoming a “dinosaur view” among believers today because it’s both unscriptural and illogical, not to mention that it’s extremely selfish as well.

Be that as it may, the warped view that Jeff addresses still exists. So our hope is that this article will put such notions to rest once and for all.

Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

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What You Need to Know About Gmail & How It’s Preventing You From Seeing Valuable Emails

One of the most frustrating things to encounter is to send a highly valuable email to someone, only to discover that they never saw it.

Equally frustrating is to sign up for a blog or email list, and then never see the emails you signed up to receive.

If you use Gmail, you’re never seeing some of your most important emails.

Most Gmail users aren’t aware that Gmail has created something called  a PROMOTIONS tab.

And genuine emails that you signed up for often go into that tab. So unless you check it regularly, you’ll never see those emails.

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My Unforgettable Meeting with A.W. Tozer

In the 102nd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast, I talk about my unforgettable meeting with A.W. Tozer.

Here’s the book I mentioned on the show.

The Life of A.W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God

Other books by Tozer can be found in my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written list.

You can listen to the episode in the following ways:

iTunes

 

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To All My Readers: An Important Change

I’m announcing a change that will effect all of you who subscribe to this blog.

Jesus gave us a particular model for ministry.

One tier of His ministry was to the masses wherein He gave specific ministry to the multitudes.

Another tier of His ministry was to 70 people whom He sent out on a special mission.

A third tier of His ministry was to the Twelve. Jesus shared the mysteries of the Kingdom with the Twelve and some women who Luke refers to as “The Women.”

Beyond that, there was the smallest tier of all. Peter, James, and John, 3 of the Twelve whom Jesus included in special cases.

Note that the 70, the Twelve, and the 3 (Peter, James, and John) were all present when Jesus ministered to the multitudes, but they received special ministry beyond what He gave to the masses.

I’ve reflected on this pattern for many years, and beginning in September, I’m making some changes inspired by the Lord’s four-tiered ministry model.[Continue Reading...]

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

My close friend and co-worker Jon Zens just released the 40th anniversary edition of his amazing little periodical, Searching Together.

The new issue is tremendous. Here’s a vintage photo.

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Listen, if you subscribe to this blog, you’d be wise to subscribe to this magazine. It’s only $10 a year for a subscription, and it will be mailed to your house whenever a new edition is released.

This is by far the best Christian magazine/periodical available today. Hands down, walking out. (I say that based on the fact that I’ve subscribed to virtually every major Christian publication at one time or another.)

Click here to subscribe to Jon Zens’ Searching Together. You won’t regret it.

That said, we’ve just released a new episode on the “Christ is All” podcast.

It’s a conference message I delivered in 2005 in Ohio called “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.”

Remember, if you’ve benefited from the podcast, share the love so your friends can benefit.

Listen to the episode in the following ways:

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A Superb Book to Prevent & Heal Cancer

According to friends who are older than me, people hardly ever heard of someone getting cancer 30 years ago.

It was a rarity.

Today, however, it’s all too common.

On that score, Jacquie Woodward has written a marvelous book based on research and her own proven experience called Slam the Door on Cancer.

I liked the book so much I interviewed Jacquie on the blog.

If you are interesting in how to avoid getting cancer and/or how to treat it, you’ll want to read this interview, share it with your friends, and get the book.

Enjoy!

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What provoked you to write the book?

When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I needed this book desperately. Available literature was piecemeal, and I had no time to chase down rabbit trails—I needed solid consensus factually (science) and truthfully (God’s Word).

Doctors admitted they had nothing for me.  A physician friend told me “If you get through this, you will have to be your own doctor.”  My faith had been latent for many years.  There was much to learn and time was of the essence.  My story illustrates the blessing of “seek and you shall find.”[Continue Reading...]

Character Caller Poll

If you’re new to my blog and you haven’t yet listened to the 100th episode of my podcast (which, mind you, is nothing like any past episode), you can do so by clicking here.

As promised on that particular show, I’ll be doing a full interview with the character caller who gets the most votes from you all.

Go here and choose your favorite character caller

The next episode of the podcast will be a conference message I delivered in 2005 in Ohio entitled “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.”

It will be published next Thursday.

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Starting Missional Churches

InterVarsity Press has just released a new book called Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood by Mark Lau Branson and Nicholas Warnes.

I caught up with the authors to interview them on their new book.

Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Nick Warnes: Good question. The benefit of readers is two-fold. First, readers will encounter a fresh theological framework for how new churches are started. We contrast the pre-conceived notions of how new churches begin with four new priorities.

We want to encourage everyday people in everyday churches to become engaged in the local neighborhoods and to develop contextual imaginations. Link these new priorities with seven practical, on the ground narratives of people doing this work across America, and readers will experience the four new priorities in action.

To add to this, we are finding that many existing churches, along with new churches, are finding encouragement and very practical stories in our book. This came as a bit of a surprise to us, but we are enjoying the activity! The book is meant to be accessible and we hope that it will inspire planters and churches to become aware of how God is already ahead of them in their own contexts so they can be witnesses of Emmanuel in their communities.[Continue Reading...]