iMonk points to an article in Slate Magazine on the shiny, happy world of Joel Osteen. It’s true that I don’t link this kind of writing very much; maybe I’m a little too much on the positive side myself. What would Paul say? Maybe Galatians 6:7.
Each of [Osteen’s] sermons kicks off with Osteen’s patented chant, with those 47,000 voices declaring, “This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I do what it says I can do,” and building to an oddly colorful climax: “I am about to receive the incorruptible, indestructible, ever-living seed of God, and I will never be the same. Never, never, never. I will never be the same. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
DOOR: Why do we need the Bible?
WRIGHT: The Bible is here to equip Godâ€™s people to carry forward His purposes of new covenant and new creation. It is there to enable people to work for justice, to sustain their spirituality as they do so, to create and enhance relationships at every level, and to produce that new creation which will have something of the beauty of God himself. The Bible isnâ€™t like an accurate description of how a car is made. Itâ€™s more like the mechanic who helps you fix it, the garage attendant who refuels it, and the guide who tells you how to get where youâ€™re going. And where youâ€™re going is to make Godâ€™s new creation happen in his world, not simply to find your own way unscathed through the old creationâ€¦â€