Month: March 2006
Dubbed "The Smiling Preacher," Joel Osteen is the hugely popular pastor of Lakewood Church - a mega-church in Houston, Texas. Detractors refer to his message as "Christianity Lite."
Joel Osteen's popularity can largely be explained by the fact that he sounds and acts more like a motivational teacher or a success coach than as a Christian preacher.
Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church is the largest megachurch in America. But of its annual budget of around 90 million dollar, a mere 1.2 million is spent on mission and outreach.
Joel Osteen skirts the darker themes of sin, suffering and self-denial, leading some critics to deride the Osteen message as "Christianity lite."
Joel Osteen's theology borrow heavily from the Word-Faith movement.
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Pastor John Hagee built a tiny congregation into a megachurch, attracting a nationwide audience through his international radio and television ministry. His Cornerstone Church boasts a 5,000-seat sanctuary, the largest in San Antonio, Texas.
The Christian Research Institute panned Hagee's 1996 book, Beginning of the End, not only for its premise that Yitzhak Rabin's assassination triggered prophetic events and set the prophetic clock ticking somehow but because he falsely predicted that Shimon Peres would succeed Rabin.
"God wants you rich but first you have to give your money to someone else." Do you really have to 'sow a seed' (give money) before God will bless you?
An extremist sect of the Roman Catholic Church
Evidence for Christianity, by Josh McDowell
Separating fact from fiction in The Da Vinci Code
Understanding The Da Vinci Code: a look at the Gnostic Gospels
Is Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code, a Christian?