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A Joel Osteen Reality Show . . . Seriously?

posted by Jana Riess

Now Osteen has even more to smile about.

Today on Twitter a notice flashed by about a Joel Osteen reality show, and I thought it was a joke. It’s actually not. Or if it is, it’s not intended to be.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Osteen, who pastors a 45,000-member megachurch in Texas, is teaming up with reality television producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) for a new series about the televangelist’s life.

Hoo boy howdy.

In the worst-case scenario, this will be another celebrity navel-gazing exercise where viewers see some of the world’s richest people acting selfishly. (Queue up here for the Kardashians, Paris Hilton’s The Simple Life, and anything starring Tori Spelling.) And since Osteen is famous for teaching people that God wants them to be rich, my cynical side certainly expects a fair share of fine homes, fast cars, and celebrity guests. But the Houston Chronicle reports a rumor that Osteen’s show will have more of a focus on charity:

TMZ’s tipsters say the Osteen/Burnett project will feature ordinary people taking time off to join Osteen on mission projects to “start fixing things” around the United States.

It sounds like the latest in do-gooder reality programming, a genre that includes Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Undercover Boss, Secret Millionaire, Three Wishes, and whatever my mom is watching on Oprah’s network.

I’m trying to keep an open mind that this is true, and the show won’t be shallow celebrity worship masquerading as Christianity. But I am failing.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jaypeg

    Hopefully this will show the world what con artists these 2 really are.

  • http://www.essediemblog.com Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher

    If this is failing, I love failure!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Emerson

    I can see why you are failing, you actually think that Osteen preaches that “God wants us to be rich.” I’ve been watching his program a long time and I’ve never heard him say that. I’ve heard lots of critical types say he says it, but I’ve never heard him say it. And no one has yet to produce a clip or a transcript where he did. They just want us to take their word for it.
    Anyway, I would love to see another program on TV that my kids can watch… maybe, just maybe Osteen’s show will replace Snookie’s show.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Frontliner

    “It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt” ~Joel Osteen.

    Where does it say this in the Bible? Joel doesn’t base his views on Biblical authority, but more upon positive thinking and experiences. If he desires a reality series that’s his business. However, I must submit that his teachings are not Biblical. By all definitions, he is a false prophet.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis Bose

    Lets not be too quick to judge, Joel Osteem would not take part in something that God has not approved first. Things do need fixed in the USA as well as overseas. Since Christ is coming back we need to have things in order. Lets get started.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bobdog

    It amazes me that 45 thousand people could go listen to Joey preach once a week. He says the same thing over and over again. Let’s all be positive and things will turn out fine. He does not present the full gospel and this TV show will be more of the same.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jan

    Joel Osteen preys on the weak and needy. I just do not understand why people follow these flamboyant so called men and women of God, and what a benefit for the the spouses of these money making; star status seeking and showy folks! Churches should be taxed; they are nothing today but businesses and that is why Burnett is wanting the show!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kent

    “I’m trying to keep an open mind…but…”

    She sounds like every atheist I have dealt with. Atheists love to tear other people down, presumably to their level in some feeble attempt to make themselves feel better. Or maybe she is a great optimistic person who is fighting a battle and having a bad day. I don’t know. But Joel Osteen is one of the few Christian ministers who really gets what God is telling us through His word. And he has a rare gift of translating it to modern audiences. Anyone claiming that Joel’s sermons are not based on Scripture should do their homework. You don’t have to be a Biblical expert, but you should at least do a Google search or two before disrespecting a man of God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Betty

    I am a Lakewood member and we go out and to things for the community all the time through a program called Servolution. That is just ONE of the many programs that Lakewood offers. This is not about celebrities or making money, this is about being the hands and feet of Jesus and sharing His love. Joel walks the walk.

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