I’d like to share a hilarious (not to mention true) article my wife stumbled upon the other day. It’s by Hans Fiene, Lutheran pastor and creator of Lutheran Satire. Mr. Fiene uses delicious irony to deliver a corrective perspective. I have the beginning below. I encourage you to read the entire article!
“Not all celebrity preachers ride Joel Osteen’s warm fuzzy religious rainbow train.
Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has written numerous bestsellers encouraging people to “live at [their] full potential” and offering a method of spiritual disciplines guaranteed to open the floodgates of God’s blessings. Countless believers throughout the world have employed these disciplines and reaped the benefits, living lives of abundant happiness without the burdens of sickness, poverty, sorrow, or suffering. But some celebrity preachers have bucked the Osteen trend and opted to embrace rejection and hardship now to live their best lives later. Here are a few notable examples.