Category: Joel Osteen

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. They will swarm not to catch a glimpse of pop-rockers or Pistons shooting hoops, but to feast on the words of Joel Osteen, well-known as “the smiling preacher” and pastor of the country’s largest church. Some also hope to speak with him briefly at Borders

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 thinks,” the Houston-based pastor declares in the opening chapter of his best-selling book, “Your Best Life Now.” “Think big. Think increase. Think abundance. Think more than enough.” It’s a message that some call the “prosperity gospel.” And it has struck an undeniable chord in 21st-century

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. Osteen has gained popularity throughout the nation and around the world through his televised services from Houston every Sunday. He’s taken advantage of the wave of appeal. He makes his sermons available for sale and has written a best-seller, “Your Best Life Now.” Doreen Smith

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 looks pretty good doesn’t it? This is a dream come true.” The new home for the nondenominational Christian church is the former Compaq Center, once home to the Rockets. Marketing Word-Faith Theology Word-Faith theology is a collection of un-biblical and extra-biblical teachings – usually with

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 old three-point line at the 16,000-seat arena here that is now her church’s new home. “With the waterfalls,” she said, “this really feels like a sanctuary.” Marketing Word-Faith Theology Word-Faith theology is a collection of un-biblical and extra-biblical teachings – usually with an extra focus

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 kept scattering them until the minister was tempted to just let them lie there as litter. He thought twice and bent to pick up the remaining pieces. Marketing Word-Faith Theology Word-Faith theology is a collection of un-biblical and extra-biblical teachings – usually with an extra

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, show. His name is Joel Osteen. And he, too, is a rock star — of sorts. The same way the Dalai Lama, Billy Graham, Deepak Chopra, and the Pope are. Osteen, 41, is a charming, leading-man-handsome pastor known to millions of television viewers around the

‘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, original rock sounds. No one needed to know the words. The lyrics scrolled high above, across three gigantic screens, as a dynamic 10-piece orchestra and 100-person choir shook the church. The captivated flock of 8,000 stood singing for 30 minutes. And then, not unlike in

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 stepped into the pulpit for the first time, facing thousands of worshippers at Houston’s Lakewood Church. “I had never preached before,” recalls Osteen, 41. “It was kind of a weird thing. I never wanted to preach, but I knew in my heart it was what