When I started writing about the gospel of grace, I had no idea that this message would go all over the world. I figured I’d get maybe 20-30 subscribers, and that’d be it. But I discovered something: people everywhere are starving for good news. Almost every day I hear from those whose lives have been radically transformed by the good news that their heavenly Father loves them as they are. It’s amazing stuff.
About a year ago I hit a financial hurdle. I prayed about it and the Lord told me to get on Patreon. (Patreon is a crowdfunding thingy where a lot of people give a little each month to help send the gospel all over the world.) I knew this was from the Lord because I had dismissed Patreon as not-for-me, but he said do it and I obeyed.
Again, I underestimated the response. Many of you decided that you wanted to partner with me in this exciting venture and signed up as patrons. I was super-encouraged.
Since that was 12 months ago, I thought you might like to know how patronage has changed things around here:
- It has kept E2R clean and ad-free, and we’ve had a makeover
- It has funded the delivery of “grace bombs” – boxes of grace resources – into parts of Africa and Asia
- It has paid for hundreds of grace books that have been distributed to pastors
- It has enabled me to hire artists and designers for things like book covers and infographics (because not everyone likes to read)
- It has helped promote new grace books from up-and-coming authors
- It has influenced the direction of my writing (I listen to patrons)
- It has enabled me to write more which means more good stuff for you
And this is just the beginning, the warm-up act. As more people become patrons, you’ll see more and better things going on. I’ve got tons of ideas that are just waiting for a little water and sunshine before they sprout and grow.
“Hey that’s great, Paul. But what does that have to do with me?”
Why not join us? Why not sign up to this adventure of proclaiming the gospel of grace? For less than a Netflix subscription you can become part of a great endeavor that is changing lives all over the world.
“Why would I pay for something I can get for free?”
Everything here is free and always will be. But consider this: If Escape to Reality has been a blessing to you, wouldn’t you like others to experience that blessing as well?
I’m not raising funds for a building or a jet, but to set people free from condemnation and dead religion. The investment payoff is clear: Patrons of Escape to Reality help people discover their Father’s favor. Patrons give this message wings.
“If I sign up, what do I get out of it?”
The satisfaction of being a partner in this gospel, plus immediate access to a lot of patron-only content along with various rewards (e.g., exclusive Q&A sessions, draft chapters of future books, etc). Patronage has its privileges.
“Paul, I believe in what you’re doing and want to help, but I’m not ready to sign up for a monthly commitment.”
I understand. Netflix isn’t for everyone. If you would like to help spread this good news message you can always make a one-off donation via our support page. Every dollar you give goes into promoting the gospel of grace.
If you are a long term reader or if you have been blessed by this blog, I encourage you to become a patron, but if you don’t that’s fine. There’s no guilt here. I’ll keep writing regardless. But if you support my work, I’ll write more and you’ll get more. Patronage is a two-way street.
One more thing: To celebrate one year of good times, every Patron who is signed up by 1 July 2017 will get a coupon code entitling them to a free hardback copy of my award-winning book Stuff Jesus Never Said (excl. shipping). That’s just my way of saying, “Patrons rock!”
Why wait? Sign up today.