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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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AboutJohn Stanko, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

John Stanko

John Stanko

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively. Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011. John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.

Posts By John Stanko

September 26, 2017 |

David as Leader: Obey First and Ask for Help Second

Last week, we looked at David’s attempt to rescue his wives and possessions that had been taken hostage by a raiding party when David and his men were away. They set out on their mission with only the word of … Read More

September 8, 2017 |

Leadership Lesson From David: 1st Set Out to Battle, Then God Will Provide

While heading over to Kenya three weeks ago, I had a five-hour delay out of Atlanta that caused me to miss my flight to Kenya out of Amsterdam. During my delay, I began to read and reflect on the story … Read More

July 28, 2017 |

Self-Promotion and Magnifying the Lord: Do They Conflict?

We continue this week with our discussion of self-promotion: what it is and is it permissible under any circumstances for a believer.


In the Old Testament, we are told to magnify the Lord. We have made that … Read More

July 25, 2017 |

Alms in Secret vs. Light on a Hill: Did Jesus Contradict Himself About Self Promotion?

Thank you for your comments last week concerning the issue of self-promotion. If you missed the start of the series, I would encourage you to go back and read it along with the original post from November 2012. Make sure you read the … Read More

July 24, 2017 |

Living Water vs. Religious Talk

You are probably familiar with the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well as told in John 4. You may want to read the story again before you proceed with this Memo, for we are going to … Read More

July 20, 2017 |

Should Christians Be Self-Promoters?

I had a few discussions this past week with people who are concerned about writing a book or stepping out into other ministry because they may be promoting themselves rather than the Lord. They are worried (yes, worried) that … Read More

July 12, 2017 |

Leadership Lessons from Solomon’s Failure

The last several weeks we have looked at the life and call of King Saul, examining it for clues to help you understand some of the challenges to finding and fulfilling your purpose. Last week, we saw how “miraculous” Saul’s … Read More

June 28, 2017 |

Saul and Signs: Miracles No Substitute for Wisdom in Choosing Leaders

Last week, we began to look at the story of King Saul’s’ ascent to power as the king of Israel. In Memo 803, we found Saul hiding when Samuel and Israel were looking to appoint him the king, and I … Read More

June 21, 2017 |

Were There Signs That King Saul Would be a Bad Leader?

This past week, I stumbled on the story of King Saul’s ascent to leadership in 1 Samuel. I say stumbled because I was not intending to study this story and had not considered it much in the past. There are … Read More

May 10, 2017 |

Tearing Down the Strongholds in Your Mind

Yesterday morning in church, I spoke on two passages:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. … Read More

April 13, 2017 |

Why God Killed Ananias and Sapphira

Next weekend, I speak in all five services at my local church. We are working our way through the book of Acts, and Acts 5 is up next on our schedule. That contains the rather bizarre and frightening story of … Read More

April 3, 2017 |

7 Self Tests to See if Ego is Hurting Your Leadership Ability

Last week, I addressed the issue of the end of self as the true beginning of self. Most people are familiar with Jesus’ words that pertain to picking up a cross and following Him. My point last week was … Read More

March 29, 2017 |

The End of Self is the Beginning of Self

Almost everyone is familiar with the words of Jesus when He said:

Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life … Read More

March 21, 2017 |

What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?

In my Leadership Communication class last Saturday, I had one of the students read this passage to look at the communications principles contained therein:

“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not … Read More

March 10, 2017 |

One Who is Slack in His Work is Brother to One Who Destroys


I recently recorded four short, 20-minute videos for my church that addressed the topics of purpose, creativity, goals and time management, and faith. The church has been showing these in their small groups as part of their time, … Read More

February 7, 2017 |

Vain Grace

There is one, maybe two passages, that always stimulate me to action when I come across them. One is found in Luke 7:29-30 where Luke wrote, “All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged … Read More

January 25, 2017 |

A Man of Courage

I am working on editing my Bible commentaries, which are written and ready to put out to the masses. In case you missed the announcement, I have already published my verse-by-verse study from Matthew and Acts, and Mark is … Read More

January 18, 2017 |

Patience and Creativity

I ran across a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. a few years ago that impacted me deeply. Before I share that quote, however, I want to share a passage from Isaiah that people recite and even sing to me … Read More

December 20, 2016 |

Handel Thought Messiah Would Be Farewell Before Debtor’s Prison

I love spending time in the city of London. One year while I was there, I went to see Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Music Hall. What a wonderful way to enjoy a timeless masterpiece of music and Scripture … Read More

December 19, 2016 |

Christmas and Creativity

Many of the men who wrote the carols of old were theologians who had a deep grasp on the significance of Jesus’ birth. If you go past the first verse of some carols, you hear some magnificent truths about … Read More

December 8, 2016 |

What I Learned From Churchill About Conservation of Energy

I once read that Winston Churchill was famous for working from his bed during daylight for as long as possible. He also took a nap every day. He worked from bed for one reason: He wanted to conserve his … Read More

December 7, 2016 |

A Spiritual Hammer

Many years ago, I showed up at a church for a Saturday work and cleanup day. Somehow, I ended up spending the morning taking the plaster off the basement ceiling so it could be repaired and re-plastered. The supervisor … Read More

December 1, 2016 |

Sins of Omission

Last week, I was a guest lecturer in a class on Leadership Ethics. We looked at many verses in Proverbs that relate to ethical business and leadership practices. One of those verses is Proverbs 18:9, which states, “One who … Read More

November 17, 2016 |

Your Mind War

The last two weeks, we have looked at several references to deer in the Old Testament, and looked at their characteristics that were to be part of a believer’s faith repertoire. The first reference was about speed and agility … Read More

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