Category: Jim Bakker

Jim Bakker a born-again huckster

Bakker is doing it again. He’s bringing back the excesses of fundamentalism, and that odd commingling of carnival razzmatazz, amusement parks, early American revivalism and old-fashioned Protestant Bible camp camaraderie. When will people wake up?

Jim Bakker returns to television with new, small-scale series

BRANSON, Mo. — The small band strikes up “Highway to Heaven” and the audience gathers around lunch tables for hot dogs and chili. “Make sure you are smiling and clapping really loud,” an announcer says to the three dozen adults and children at the Studio City Cafe on a quiet Branson side road. The group obliges as Jim Bakker — that Jim Bakker, the televangelist whose wealth and fame collapsed in scandal in the 1980s — steps onto the studio set for his daily television show. Bakker, who settled in Branson three years ago, has quietly rebuilt a following and

Bakker back in pulpit after prison

FORT MILL – The three-word sermon title summed up Jim Bakker‘s life as the leader of the fallen PTL ministry: Something went wrong. Speaking to a packed house Friday night at MorningStar Fellowship Church – located on the site where Bakker’s famed PTL ministry and resort rose and fell in scandal – the former televangelist delivered a fiery and blunt message of restoration and redemption, while also challenging his listeners to prepare for the trials they are sure to face living in what he says are the last days of the Earth. Though he frequently made mention of his time

Bakker back in town for sermon

FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — The prodigal son returns. Heritage USA founder and former PTL leader Jim Bakker is scheduled this week to visit the same area that brought him both fame and shame. Bakker has been booked as a featured guest of MorningStar Ministries, hosting a conference Dec. 29-31 at MorningStar Fellowship Church at Heritage International Ministries in the former Christian theme park now known as Regent Park. MorningStar Ministries founder Rick Joyner is also scheduled to speak. Bakker, initially an Assemblies of God minister, is known to local residents – and the world at large – for creating “The

Development designed with Christians in mind

Televangelist Jim Bakker’s studio will be the centerpiece. Blue Eye — What was once a failed Renaissance theme park may soon become a Christian-themed residential community. And the centerpiece will be a new broadcast studio for televangelist Jim Bakker. Branson developer Jerry Crawford and his wife, Dee, have purchased the 590 acres just north of Blue Eye that in 1994 was the site of a short-lived park called Camelot. Within two years, they plan to build a development known as Morningside at Blue Eye. It is a ministry, Dee Crawford said, that will offer affordable housing and an environment conducive

Bakker has new show, old theme

(KRT) – On “The New Jim Bakker Show,” the TV evangelist sits beside his perky wife, pleads for money, occasionally cries and closes the show with “God loves you. He really does.” Having watched three hours’ worth of this fare, the only differences I could see between the new Jim Bakker show and the old Jim Bakker show are as follows: He has less hair. He sits beside second wife Lori instead of first wife Tammy Faye. He isn’t selling time shares. And the strange electricity that made the old show part of modern American religious lore is gone. Let

Former Bakker Ministry Supporters Get

Religion News Service, Aug. 6, 2003 (RNS) Supporters of televangelist Jim Bakker‘s former Praise the Lord ministry will get $6.54 each as the result of a class action settlement. A 16-year-old lawsuit sought payments for the 165,000 people who joined the class action, the Associated Press reported. The plaintiffs had given $1,000 each for four-day vacation stays at a PTL resort near Charlotte, N.C., that was never constructed. The lawyers will get $2.5 million of a $3.7 million settlement fund. A July 24 order issued by U.S. District Judge Lacy Thornburg, based in Asheville, N.C., gives a California administrator

Bakker’s back

Independent (England), June 15, 2003 The life of Jim Bakker, the world’s most famous fallen tele-evangelist, has always been about numbers, and we are not just talking hymns and psalms. There was the $1.9m salary he paid himself in 1986, the last full year that he led the Praise The Lord (PTL) Ministry that he founded in 1972 with his thickly mascara’d wife, Tammy Faye. At the time, he owned six luxury mansions, 47 bank accounts and a single Rolls-Royce. He was accustomed to raising $1m from his TV-goggling disciples across America every two days. Then came 1989, when