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Affluent Investor | April 26, 2017

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AboutJohn Stanko, Author at Affluent 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

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

October 13, 2016 |

Moses on Leadership Communication

“The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him

from the tent of meeting. He said, ‘Speak to

the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone

among you brings an offering to the Lord,

bring … Read More

October 12, 2016 |

Is Being Good At Administration Unspiritual?

“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles,

second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then

gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds

of tongues” – 1 Corinthians 12:28.

Organization and administration are not modern phenomena, … Read More

September 22, 2016 |

You Don’t Need Rest

I have found that people of purpose are almost always busy, because situations that need that characteristic seem to find them. I have also found that people of purpose tend to earn their rest, yet they often don’t need their rest like everyone … Read More

September 12, 2016 |

Biblical Principles of Time Management for Leaders

I woke up at 5:29 AM several Fridays ago, wide awake and staring at the ceiling. I was thinking of all the things I still needed to get done to catch up from last week. I don’t think I … Read More

September 7, 2016 |

Lay It Down

I have been thinking about Ruth, the biblical character, the last few days. You may want to read her story before you read this, or you can watch the magnificent video summary of the book from a ministry called The Bible … Read More

September 5, 2016 |

Work, Relax, Repeat

People sometimes ask me how far in advance I determine the topic for each Monday Memo. There are times when I know early in the week, and then there are times that I’m not sure what I’ll write until … Read More

August 30, 2016 |


I have been reflecting on Paul’s address to the Ephesians elders found in Acts 20. While it is a sobering charge to church leaders, it also has some important elements that pertain to personal purpose. You may want to read … Read More

August 18, 2016 |

Are You Ready to Start Developing Your Potential?

We have heard it said about someone that he or she has great potential. We use that phrase when we see a glimmer of talent or giftedness in that person that is undeveloped. It is sort of like an old … Read More

August 16, 2016 |

There is No Neutral

When you find your purpose, you cannot help but be a leader. Your carry out your purpose in partnership with the Lord, and His wisdom and anointing flow through you. That partnership causes you to stand out from the … Read More

August 10, 2016 |

Fear Review

I received two emails from people who are considering enlisting my services as a writing coach. Both emails were filled with fear as the people shared their fear of writing about themselves (fear of pride), of paying for the services … Read More

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