The similarities between Joel Osteen and Stuart Smalley
I saw Joel with Chris Wallace last week and this really struck me also:
The full interview with Wallace is here for part I and here for part II.
I have to agree with Bezel333. Joel preaches a positive message, but it might as well be Tony Robbins or some other non-Christian message. His message does not seem to be be based in scripture and he does not preach out of the Bible.
Joel's idea that he wants to "cast a wide net" says it all to me... that it's more about selling candy-coated platitudes that are easy to swallow than it is about challenging people with the often-difficult truth. He seems more interested in talking about his word than about His word.
Click here for more on Osteen. And even better, here.
Update: Ken adds this page of posts in the comments.
Update #2: Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle has some great insights on Joel:
Check our their YouTube channel for more great sermons from Pastor Mark.