I Can’t Believe I Just Did That!

I was just at Borders Books and I bought Joel Osteen’s newest book Becoming a Better You. I don’t know if I’ve ever been embarrassed about a book purchase before, but I felt compelled to explain to the cashier that I wanted to review the book on my blog, not ingest it and be a better me.

As I thumbed through the pages, deciding whether or not to buy the book, I was appalled by Joel’s use of Scripture. That’s what I want to focus on as I read this book and review it.

My interest in Osteen has been ongoing, mainly because my understanding of the Gospel and his are at opposite poles. I’ve bashed him publicly before. I almost felt bad about that, until I watched one of his sermons. Then I thought I should do it more often, if only on the sly.

60 minutes did a piece on Osteen this past Sunday night. You can watch the video on the 60 minutes site. It’s 12 minutes well spent, if just to hear Michael Horton’s critique of Osteen (you can read more of Horton on Osteen on the WTS California site).

4 thoughts on “I Can’t Believe I Just Did That!

  1. Why bother? That was Lynn’s comment too. But, because he’s heard by more than 73 million people each week, and because I know Connexionites who really like him, I thought I’d better investigate. (I could only stomach 20 pages last night).

    LOTR is going well. I am about half way through the Two Towers – which I guess is half way through the series. I’ve enjoyed it more than any other fictional work I’ve ever read, even Narnia.

  2. Dan,

    I think before we begin to “bash” other preachers of the Gospel we should consider what Jesus said to John in Mark 9:38-40.


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