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Linkathon 4/27, part 1a

An excerpt from the end of Cathy Lynn Grossman’s USA WEEKEND article on Joel Osteen:

...In Osteen’s sermons, bad times can be reimagined as opportunities. Someone left you? Lost your job? Thank God! You didn’t need that person. A better job awaits. “God wants to double your blessings as he did for Job,” he says.

This all makes his critics livid. The Rev. Albert Mohler, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president and powerhouse traditionalist, whacks him for “platitudes with attitudes.” The Rev. Mark Driscoll, who packs a Seattle megachurch for doctrine-laden sermons, says Osteen reduces the pursuit of God to “lollipops and skipping while singing hymns.”

Mohler? Driscoll? “I don’t know who those people are,” Osteen says, looking genuinely mystified….

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Jim Hamilton in response:

This is funny, sad, and a telling commentary on Osteen, all at the same time:

To me, this is more of a commentary on how shocking it is to a certain subset of Christianity that not everyone (including well known celebrities) knows who their big dogs are.

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