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One widow's take on hipster church plants: Working out her grief over her recent loss to cancer of her husband and the father of her daughter, a young mother calls the church to care for her and other widows in their distress. To love them and give them prayer and Jesus. She wants them to stop trying to give her sofas, videos, light shows, and coffee bars. You're not doing that stuff for me, she says. You don't want people who are poor and suffering if you're focussed on coffee smells Sunday mornings. Your church marketing plan shows you don't want me. Check it out: "Why the church doesn't need anymore coffee bars..."

Book publishing and sales: The self-publishing trend continues to leave legacy publishers behind. Meanwhile, the average book sells around 2,500 copies across its lifetime with average sales of 250 or so the first year. This reminds me Dad's satire about Evangelical parachurch evangelism he self-published back in 1964 titled The Gospel Blimp wasn't picked up by Zondervan until it had sold 40,000 copies self-published.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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