Wife of Joel Osteen Asked to Leave Plane

HOUSTON — The wife of the pastor of the nation’s largest church was asked to leave a plane after she failed to comply with a flight attendant’s instructions, the FBI said Tuesday. Houston Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, his wife, Victoria, and their two children boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Vail, Colo., […]

The man, the ministry, the message

While some argue his words lack substance, Joel Osteen’s preaching still moves millions Oct. 27, 2005 Joel Osteen gives sermons with a positive, slice-of-everyday-life twist. He reaches more than 7 million viewers weekly as head of Houston’s Lakewood International Church. Thousands of giddy fans will pour into The Palace of Auburn Hills today and Friday. […]

Wealth-is-good credo makes pastor a superstar

Joel Osteen is one pastor unlikely to dwell on Jesus’ warning about the difficulties the rich face getting into heaven. On the contrary, Osteen preaches that material wealth is nothing to be ashamed of and can be a happy consequence of deep religious faith. “Get rid of that small-minded thinking and start thinking as God […]

Popular pastor of the positive energizes believers in D.C.

WASHINGTON–They flocked to see him. From Maryland, Virginia, even Pennsylvania they came to see their favorite minister. Joel Osteen, the pastor of Houston-based Lakewood Church, is on tour. His appearance last week at the MCI Center in the nation’s capital had the feel of a rock concert, complete with band, singers and clapping, screaming fans. […]

Megachurch rechristens Houston basketball arena

HOUSTON – America’s largest church celebrated its move into the former arena for the Houston Rockets with a capacity crowd of 16,000, an upbeat sermon from its televangelist pastor and a spirited welcome from the governor of Texas. “How do you like our new home?” Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen asked to thunderous applause. “It […]

A Church That Packs Them In, 16,000 at a Time

HOUSTON, July 17 – Where the Beers of the World kiosk once dispensed suds to rowdy N.B.A. fans, volunteers were handing out church literature on Sunday. And where Patricia Davis, 38, once saw ZZ Top in concert, she now plans to worship. “I was saved from that,” Ms. Davis said last week, sitting near the […]

Upbeat services please ever-growing flock

Televangelist Joel Osteen offers sermons with a smile, and viewers respond. As a television evangelist, Joel Osteen is used to skeptics monitoring his integrity. Still, even he was surprised by what happened after a stack of papers blew out of his car in a parking lot one day. Osteen chased the papers, but the wind […]

What’s a sermon worth? About $190, scalpers say

Everyone knows the hottest ticket in Chicago for the month of May is U2’s four-night stand at the United Center. But you may be surprised to learn about the unlikely fellow who’s rolling into town a few days before the Irish rockers and has sent equally rabid fans scrambling for tickets to see his, um, […]

‘The Smiling Preacher’ Builds on Large Following

HOUSTON — The pastor once startled his own mother by exhorting the women in his congregation to shop at Victoria’s Secret to improve their marriages. Last weekend, his glamorous musical director led four services in a hot pink coat and black spiky boots, stomping around the stage and singing the praises of Jesus in rousing, […]

Fate put him in pulpit, Joel Osteen does the rest

With an upbeat message and media savvy, the Texan rises to stardom. Joel Osteen, whose gospel of optimism and telegenic good looks have turned him into a fast-rising star in the nation’s evangelical firmament, is nothing if not confident. Just days after his father, the Rev. John Osteen, died suddenly in 1999, the minister’s son […]
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