Positive influence

The gospel of reward fills a mainline vaccum
The article in the previous issue on megachurch pastor Joel Osteen set me to thinking about the members of my congregation who are watching Osteen on television and reading his books. The situation reminds me of the lament of the Reverend John Ames (in Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead): 40 years of careful, literate, theologically sound preaching could be undone in a 20-minute sermon by a radio preacher.


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