Joel Osteen
American preacher
Joel Osteen
Joel Scott Osteen is an American author, televangelist, and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His ministry reaches over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world.
Biography
Joel Osteen's personal information overview.
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The Amazon effect: Worshippers flocking to larger churches
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Is the mom-and-pop church becoming obsolete? Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful. New research indicates a decline in attendance at the great majority of the nation's churches, while churches attracting 400 people or more on Sundays are dramatically increasing their market share. In just the last decade, the median weekend worship attendance in U.S. congregations declined from 129 to 80, according to the 2015 Faith Communities Today study. In 2005, less than half of congregations had fewer than 100 people attending services; by 2015 nearly six in 10 sanctuaries failed to break the century mark, the study found. The National Congregations Study revealed a similar, if not slightly larger drop-off, with median attendance at all weekend worship services declining from 100 people in 2006 to 76 people in 2012. ...
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Rev. Run on the Tricky Mix of Social Media and Ministry
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There was a time when sending a tweet from church would have been taboo, but now with so many churches connecting digitally, it's more commonplace. That doesn't mean we're good at it, though; in fact, much of the mingling of social media and religion can be pretty sloppy. Between the random scripture quotations, the bible-beating debates, and the punctuation-free paragraphs/sermons, much of the God-talk on the Internet could use a tutorial. Rev. Run has figured this out. His 4.5 million Twitter followers is more than any other Christian minister (*to highlight this, as of publication, Joel Osteen has 4.2M followers; TD Jakes 2.1M) and for years @RevRunWisdom was one of the most retweeted accounts on Twitter. Joking-but-serious: there was a time when social media consisted of two things: 1) pictures of food; and 2) Rev. Run quotes. It is fair to say anyone giving inspiration through social media is following the pioneering steps of Rev. Run. Image courtesy: Rev. Run's official T ...
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Full Episode: GMA 01/01/16: Tips to Get Healthy in 2016
ABC News - about 1 year
5 Ways to Boost Your Bank Account in 2016; Pastor Joel Osteen Gives His Perspective on Family and Faith Going Into the New Year.
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I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As father to five vibrant and very much alive children, it's mind-bending and gut-twisting to contemplate even for a nanosecond the grueling task of giving the go ahead to a medical team you have just barely met to take your brain dead daughter off life support. Your brain dead daughter who apparently committed suicide. Your brain dead daughter whose organs will, after your selfless blessing, rapidly find their way to other lives, to other families so they can do what this daughter can no longer do. Live. Breathe. Love. Hope. And yet somehow, Bill Thomasson -- the father of now forever 18-year-old daughter Taylor -- navigates the journey of unfathomable loss with grace, dignity and strength. His poignant story is among those told in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Thanksgiving primetime special, I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song. It's the story of a song that became an anthem, but even more so it's about real people who have overcome real odds. People whose live ...
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Rockets Win First Game at The Summit
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
Before Joel Osteen turned The Summit into a house of worship, the 16,000-seat arena was better known as a house of championships… November 2, 1975: On this day, the Houston Rockets played their first game at the newly completed Summit. And, though they had lost their first three games on the road, the began NBA
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Televangelist Creflo Dollar Defends His Plans For $65 Million Private Jet: 'I Dare You To Tell Me I Can't Dream'
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Jesus Christ needed just two feet and some good will to spread his Gospel message throughout the world. Televangelist Creflo Dollar apparently can’t do it flying coach. The popular preacher blasted “the enemy” for criticizing his dream of buying his pastors and staff at World Changers Church International a $65 million private Gulfstream G650 jet. "Let me tell you something about believing God,” he's shown saying in a YouTube video of a sermon given at the World Dome, his 8,500-seat sanctuary in College Park, Georgia. “I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to. If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming." His initial request reportedly entailed asking 200,000 followers to donate $300 each to fund the effort, according to Christian Post. The fundraising page has since been taken down. Dollar claims it was the devil that stirred the campaign against him. He believes Satan was trying to ...
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Joel Osteen gets his own SiriusXM channel
Yahoo News - over 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas pastor Joel Osteen is getting his own channel on SiriusXM satellite radio, which will air his sermon at Yankee Stadium this Saturday live nationally.
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Finding the Next Joel Osteen: Keys to Selecting a New Spiritual CEO
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Well you know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came here to the United States and became NBC executives." -Jay Leno Jay Leno's two-decade reign as the host of The Tonight Show is hardly a textbook example of how to handle major corporate transitions. NBC's indecisiveness in 1992 placed Leno from day one in the midst of a feud with David Letterman, an insider candidate to replace the legendary Johnny Carson. In 2009, the network eased the younger comic Conan O'Brien into the role of Tonight Show host, then reversed course a few months later, and brought back Leno. This week, Leno will fall on NBC's sword, and be replaced by Jimmy Fallon. But not without some pointed humor from Leno over the last few months: "Doctors in Canada were shocked after pulling a three-inch knife blade from the back of a 32-year-old man. The knife had been in there for three years! Imagine that, the guy had a knife in his back for thr ...
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Mark Driscoll's Right-Wing Resurgence
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For a while I've been suggesting that what's usually called the neo-reformed or neo-calvinist movement is producing a new religious right in America. That is, a Christian movement framed primarily according to conservative political stances.  And this is important because new life is being breathed into what seemed to be a dying trend among evangelicals. As we speak, Mark Driscoll is holding his Resurgence Conference, right on the heels of the release of his new book, A Call to Resurgence. I'm not sure what the contents of the conference have been so far, and I haven't read the book (though this review is very helpful). But this video presents the premise for the book, and it's really telling, I think: The first thing that strikes me is Mark's ironic misuse of Kierkegaard's quote in the very beginning:  Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it. Here, the philosopher is actually saying that Christendom itself is to blame for the demise and d ...
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Self-Help and the Gospel
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Joel Osteen tweet crossed my Twitter feed the other day: "You were not created to be unhappy in order to keep everyone else happy. You've got to run your own race." I couldn't resist the temptation to reply: "That's fine self-help, but it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ." When I read a Joel Osteen tweet, I assume it represents his public ministry, not his random musings. It may not be fair, but I hold his tweets to a higher standard than my own. Sometimes I tweet about golf or football, but I also post my professional thoughts concerning biblical studies, theology, or ministry. Joel Osteen's tweets all look like pastoral advice. In this case, he's missing the mark. What's the Matter? The problem with Joel Osteen's comment isn't that it's wrong. The problem is that it's awful Christian theology that has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Like many other preachers, Osteen proclaims the gospel of self-optimization: God loves you, and God wants you to thrive. The self-optim ...
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Australia's Hillsong Church Has Astonishingly Powerful Global Influence
Huffington Post - over 3 years
SYDNEY (RNS) The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” can be found in many churches across the U.S. on any given Sunday. What fewer people realize is that it comes from a church in the outskirts of Sydney, with a Hillsong brand that is spreading across the globe. Hillsong Church has combined Christian rock, charismatic energy and Australian accents to create a winning combination in major cities across the globe. On Sunday (Nov. 3) at their main campus just outside of Sydney, children and adults swarmed a petting zoo for children and coffee stations outside the glass entrance as volunteers gave out balloons celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the most globally influential churches. Thriving amid abuse scandal In any given week, Hillsong estimates that more than 50,000 people will attend one of its campuses. Its secret sauce appears to be a combination of music and charismatic theology. On the surface, Hillsong appears similar to an average evangelical megachurch se ...
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Joel Osteen Tweets Something Really, Really, Really Inspirational
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If one were to compile a list of The Seven Wonders of the Social Media World (and we're sure someone is already on that), standing shoulder to shoulder with Anthony Weiner's twitpic would be this inspirational tweet sent out Thursday night by Reverend Joel Osteen: The tweet was quickly deleted after it sparked a riotous response, but, you know, the internet... Osteen, best-selling author and pastor of mega-church Lakewood in Houston, TX, has been the target of online hoaxes in the past, but this appears merely to be an unfortunate (or fortunate depending on your point of view) turn of phrase. Now, if you'll excuse us, we've got to go find some of those true friends he was talking about. h/t Twitchy
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Texans’ Wade Phillips says emotions about his father’s death ‘goes in waves’
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips opened his weekly press conference Thursday by thanking Victoria and Joel Osteen for a memorial service for Phillips’ father, Bum, which was held Tuesday at Lakewood Church. “I want to make sure that gets out, because it was really great for our family,” Phillips said. He then made it through almost his entire media interview before being asked about the Texans’ plans to honor his father at the end of the first quarter Sunday night, during a nationally televised game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. “I didn’t know that,” Phillips said. “But don’t get me going. It goes in waves. I appreciate that if they are doing that.” Phillips’ mood was down Thursday. But he still turned to his trademark tongue-in-cheek humor. He said the Texans need to get some (Andrew) Luck on Sunday, not just have luck. And he tied in the struggling team’s need for improved play to the Texans’ Battle Red Day. “We’re going to have fire coming ou ...
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Lakewood Church to host memorial for late Bum Phillips
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
The family and friends of the late Bum Phillips are inviting all fans to come to Lakewood Church on Tuesday to celebrate the life and times of the legendary Oilers coach. Among the former Oilers from the Luv Ya Blue era who’ll be eulogizing Phillips are Wade Phillips, Earl Campbell, Dan Pastorini, Mike Barber, Carl Mauck, Robert Brazile and Vernon Perry. Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church, will open the memorial service that starts at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available starting at 6:30 p.m. Terry Bradshaw is sending a video tribute to the coach who lost to Bradshaw’s Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game after the 1978 and 1979 seasons. Before the service, there will be a reception for media to interview Phillips’ former players and coaches. The service will be streamed live on www.lakewood.cc. Sports Radio 610 is preempting regular program to broadcast the service. www.texansradio.com will be live on the Texans’ website as well. The DayStar Network will televise the ...
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Memorial service for Bum Phillips to be Oct. 29
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
A memorial service to celebrate the life and times of Bum Phillips is Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Freeway. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature former Oilers and coaches from the Luv Ya Blue era telling stories about Phillips, who died Friday night at his ranch in Goliad. Phillips is being buried in a private ceremony on his ranch. Rather than flowers, the family asks for donations to Bum Phillips Charities to help build a home for deaf children on the Phillips’ ranch.
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5 Reasons Why I Pray That Bishop Eaton Joins Twitter
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A few days ago, at an elaborate worship service in Chicago, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was installed as the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is not on Twitter. That fact -- that the new ELCA Presiding Bishop does not tweet -- may strike most people as inconsequential (or even a blessing), but during her installation, and in a subsequent #ChSocM Twitter group chat, many made a compelling argument why Bishop Eaton should join. Add me to that list. The back-and-forth began when Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Senior Religion Editor at The Huffington Post tweeted the following: Notice how absent heads of Mainline churches are from twitter vs Evangelical and Catholic @ELCA #ELCAInstallation - missed opportunity — Paul B. Raushenbush (@raushenbush) October 5, 2013 Raushenbush, and others, also noted that if the number of followers of the Twitter accounts from the ELCA, PCUSA, and every mainline denomination's highest leaders are added together, they c ...
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Beyond the Dream: Hope in face of the shutdown
Fox News - over 3 years
Pastor Joel Osteen speaks out
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joel Osteen
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    In an interview with The Christian Post on April 21, 2013, Osteen expressed his sentiments on being perceived as being part of the prosperity gospel. "I get grouped into the prosperity gospel and I never think it's fair, but it's just what it is.
    More Details Hide Details I think prosperity, and I've said it 1,000 times, it's being healthy, it's having great children, it's having peace of mind. Money is part of it; and yes, I believe God wants us to excel... to be blessed so we can be a bigger blessing to others. I feel very rewarded. I wrote a book and sold millions of copies; and Victoria and I were able to help more people than we ever dreamed of. But when I hear the term prosperity gospel, I think people are sometimes saying, 'well, he's just asking for money'."
  • 2010
    Age 46
    The Osteen family attended Easter breakfast hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Osteen has developed his own approach to preaching. His sermon preparation involves memorizing his remarks and listening to himself on tape. Osteen says that he chooses to focus more on the goodness of God and on living an obedient life rather than on sin. He says that he tries to teach Biblical principles in a simple way, emphasizing the power of love and a positive attitude. When asked why he does not focus more on sin, the devil and hell in detail, Osteen stated in an interview with CBN News:
  • 2008
    Age 44
    In an interview on Fox News in 2008 during the U.S. presidential primary race, when discussing whether he thought that Mormons were Christians, Osteen indicated that he believed that they were.
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  • 2007
    Age 43
    Osteen's sermons and writings are sometimes criticized for promoting prosperity theology, or the prosperity gospel, a belief that material gain is a reward for pious Christians. On October 14, 2007, 60 Minutes ran a twelve-minute segment on Osteen, titled "Joel Osteen Answers his Critics", during which Reformed theologian Michael Horton told CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts that Osteen's message is heresy.
    More Details Hide Details Horton stated that the problem with Osteen's message is that it makes religion about us instead of about God. When asked if he is a prosperity teacher, Osteen responded that if prosperity means God wants people to be blessed and healthy and have good relationships, then he considers himself a prosperity teacher, but if it is about money, he does not. He has specifically stated that he never preaches about money because of the reputation of televangelists.
    He released his second book, titled Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day, in October 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It also topped The New York Times Best Seller list and had a first printing of four million copies. Osteen has said that the book focuses more on relationships and not getting stuck where we are in life. As senior pastor, Osteen says he draws no salary from the church, which has an annual budget of $70 million. Instead, he relies on income from book sales. Much of the content for his best sellers come from sermons he has preached at Lakewood.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    Osteen was selected by Barbara Walters as one of her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Former presidential candidate John McCain has described Osteen as his favorite inspirational author.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    Osteen's first book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, was released in October 2004, and reached the number 1 position on The New York Times Best Seller list.
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    In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner and debuted at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list.
    More Details Hide Details The book remained a The New York Times Best Seller for more than 200 weeks. Osteen was born in Houston, Texas, and is one of six children of John Osteen and Dolores ("Dodie") Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church, of which Osteen is the current senior pastor, in the back of an old feed store. Osteen attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he studied radio and television communications, but did not graduate and did not receive a degree from a divinity school. In 1982, he returned to Houston and founded Lakewood's television program, where he produced his father's televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999, when his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 35
    Two weeks after his father's death, Osteen began preaching regularly and later that year was installed as the new senior pastor of Lakewood Church on October 3, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, Lakewood's attendance has grown from 5,000 to 43,000. In 2003, Lakewood Church acquired the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA Houston Rockets. Renovations cost $105 million. The renovations took over 15 months to complete, and included the addition of five stories to add more capacity. Lakewood's 2005 grand opening was attended by an estimated 56,000 people, including Texas Governor Rick Perry and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Lakewood Church services are seen in over 100 countries.
    Osteen's father encouraged him to preach for many years, but he declined, preferring to work behind the scenes until January 17, 1999, when he accepted his father's suggestion and he preached his first sermon.
    More Details Hide Details John Osteen died six days later of a heart attack.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 23
    Osteen married Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Iloff on April 4, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son, Jonathan, and daughter, Alexandra. His older siblings, Paul, Lisa, and Tamara, and his younger sister, April, are also involved in full-time ministry. His half-brother Justin does missionary work, and is based in New York. As of 2012, Osteen's net worth is reportedly $56,508,500. He lives with his family in a $10,500,000 home. Osteen has generally avoided discussing controversial issues such as gay marriage, abortion, and politics. When asked, Osteen said that he is opposed to same-sex marriage. Osteen refuses to preach about homosexuality due to his belief that God likes, accepts, and approves of all people. When asked if he thought God approves of homosexuality, Osteen said that homosexuality is a sin according to the Scripture, but that gay people are welcome in his church. He has said that sin is human nature, nobody's perfect, and that he is not judging but that God is the judge. Osteen has also stated that he believes a person can be freed from a lifestyle of homosexuality; that it is a process and that God can free anyone of any sin or addiction. Osteen has also stressed that he does not approve of homophobia, but that his faith is based on his reading of the Scriptures. He has said that the church has a tendency to become overly focused on single issues (such as homosexuality) to the point of neglecting others.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on March 5, 1963.
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