Joel Osteen on Gun Control after Sandy Hook

Joel and Victoria Osteen appeared on the Today Show on Monday.  Here’s what Joel had to say when asked about gun control: For what I’m doing, I’m trying to reach as many people as possible. There are good people on both sides of the aisle, and I don’t know what the best answer there is either, but I just try to guide them and give them hope in this time of need. Another quote: God gave us all our own free will. He gives us freedom of choice, He didn’t make us his robots…Unfortunately, some people choose to do evil, and we don’t always understand it, but I...
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Is Joel Osteen “Smilingly Leading People to Hell”?

Tim Challies’ post today is entitled “Smilingly Leading You to Hell”… in which he says that nice guys many times do not give a full gospel message. He cites Brian McLaren and Joel Osteen as examples in point. On Joel Osteen, he writes: Both the history of the church and contemporary Evangelical church are replete with nice people who are in complete rebellion against God. Is there anyone nicer than Joel Osteen? Yet is there anyone whose message has less of the gospel and more anti-biblical nonsense? You can watch him in this video, sitting with Oprah, receiving accolades,...
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The Filter (for the week of September 24)

It’s that time again folks… time for my friend Matt Steen and myself to dive into the world of what’s happening in the church and give you our weekly wrap-up of all-things churchy: Hit or Miss Jack Schaap faces 10 years after plea deal (0:26) Pastors are Hurting (2:45) Robert A. Schuller defaults on Home (6:22) That he is renting out for retreats… (June 2012) (9:26) It Has to Stop (11:06) Joel Osteen on Homosexuality (13:20) Is This a Social Statement? (20:02) Split Congregation Locks Some Members Out (22:55) Less Than 20% of Church Goers Read their Bible...
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Joel Osteen is Ripped!!

Wow.  You know you’ve made it when TMZ publishes a picture of you with no shirt on. Did you click on that link?  You sicko. Joel Osteen can now add ‘hunk’ to his resume, after the Hollywood gossip website featured a picture of Joel coming out of the water with his surfboard in Hawaii on a family vacation. Does Joel have stinkin’ paparazzi?  Or did someone with a camera phone call TMZ and say… boy do I have a picture for you. Either way… I’m collecting this for my “Men of the Word” 2013 calendar.  I figure by the end of the year, TMZ will...
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Osteen: Romney IS a Christian

Joel Osteen is clarifying his position that Mitt Romney is, indeed, a Christian.  Here’s his quote: “What I see about Gov. Romney is that he says ‘I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He’s raised from the dead and he’s my savior.’ I see him as being a believer in Christ like me…  That’s enough for me… There’s differences in all religion. I realize that Mormonism is different from Christianity, but you know what he’s a man of faith and values. And to me that’s strong.” Here’s the video: OK… so what do YOU think? When someone says ‘I believe...
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Joel and Oprah

Tim Schraeder has written a wonderful synopsis of Joel Osteen’s appearance on Oprah’s new show over the weekend.  I think it’s worth your read. Some of the more interesting things to me: On preaching prosperity: Why would people think preaching prosperity is a bad thing? I don’t know who would say that you aren’t supposed to leave your children better off than you were. Prosperity isn’t just financial… it’s abundant life… body, soul, mind, and spirit. You can’t be a blessing if you are poor, broke and depressed. If you are poor, broke, and depressed is it because you...
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Joel’s Ego

Oprah sits down with Joel Osteen as part of her new show that airs this Sunday.  Here’s the preview. Looks interesting to me, actually. Do you plan to watch?    
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Joel’s Reality TV

Joel Osteen is getting ready to let the masses see how he walks out his faith in a new reality TV series that will inspire people to help people. Osteen is joining forces with Survivor producer Mark Burnett on the prime-time network show that will begin airing in 2012. Burnett told TMZ the premise of the show is that ordinary people will give up several days or longer to go on a mission with Osteen. The missions aim to “start fixing things.” “A big part of our ministry is we’re blessed to be a blessing to somebody else,” Osteen told FOX 26 in Houston. “The thought is people would give...
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Osteen: Mormons ARE Christians

Quote from Joel Osteen in the Washington Times: “I believe that [Mormons] are Christians,” Mr. Osteen said. “I don’t know if it’s the purest form of Christianity, like I grew up with. But you know what, I know Mormons. I hear Mitt Romney — and I’ve never met him — but I hear him say, ‘I believe Jesus is the son of God,’ ‘I believe he’s my savior,’ and that’s one of the core issues. “I’m sure there are other issues that we don’t agree on. But you know, I can say that the Baptists and the Methodists and the Catholics don’t all agree on everything. So that would be...
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Top twitterers

The New York Times Magazine used Twitalyzer to score celebrities’ influence through Twitter, ranking them according to retweets and mentions. In the category of religion, the top five were: 1. Rick Warren Followers: 236,054 Influence: 87 2. Joel Osteen Followers: 160,445 Influence: 87 3. Deepak Chopra Followers: 401,709 Influence: 85 4. Dalai Lama Followers: 1,313,098 Influence: 75 5. Joyce Meyer Followers: 181,281 Influence: 52 In a post on Economix, David Leonhardt wrote: One thing you’ll notice is that a handful of religious leaders may do a better job than anyone of punching above their...
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