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Whore no more

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : October 2, 2004

I finally realized how hypocritical it was for me to rip on consumerism and “church in a box” approaches while having google ads that promoted websites that I don’t respect. Because of this, I am setting myself free from being a consumerist whore. There will no longer be ads on this website.

However, I still want this site to pay for itself (TypePad charges me a monthly fee). Please look through my suggested reading, and if you like a book, buy it. I get a small referral fee from Amazon. I feel like this is consistent with my values, since I buy books from Amazon.com, and I feel like I can personally stand behind the books I recommend. Thank you.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of JesusManifesto.com. He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He and his wife Amy have been married since 1997. They are expecting their first child in April.


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4 Responses to “Whore no more”

  1. Chris B. on October 2nd, 2004 6:15 pm

    I’m glad you gave up your whorish ways, even though I’m intending to whore myself out eventually as well. I playfully point out that the book deal is still technically advertising, but I agree that it’s consistent with your values. You’re more like a consumerist escort service, or consumerist call girl. JK :)

  2. Van S on October 2nd, 2004 6:38 pm

    I don’t have a problem with advertising…just most of conventional advertising. I’d rather be known as an “advertising flirt” than a consumerist call-girl… :)

  3. Jesse on October 4th, 2004 2:40 pm

    You know…..AdSense allows you to filter out sites that you don’t like. So if you had a problem with certain ads, you can block them.

  4. Van S on October 4th, 2004 3:00 pm

    Jesse–it doesn’t matter. Google automatically sends me ads from people selling church resources. If I blocked 10, they would be replaced with 10 more just like them. If I could have ads from specific websites that I liked, that’d be cool. Or if I could just have public service ads, that’d be fine too.

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