The Prosperity Mongers

I spoke with an editor of a large faith-oriented website yesterday; I had pitched a couple of ideas to this site and hadn't had any luck getting a contract. We talked about how most of their readers were looking for breezy, self-help articles. He mentioned Joel Osteen more than once.When I think about folks like Joel Osteen or Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret), I have deeply ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, no one can argue with the worldly success of such things as the Law of … [Read more...]

Your Best Theology Now?

Over the past few months two different friends, both of whom I respect dearly, both theologically informed, liberal-minded folks, suggested I read Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. Osteen is kind of our generation's answer to Norman Vincent Peale, a wildly successful prosperity gospel preacher based in Texas. He's the pastor of what I understand is America's largest congregation, has his own TV show, etc. and this book has sold upwards of four million … [Read more...]