Linkedin Comment Joel Osteen, best-selling author and pastor of Lakewood Church in Texas, and his wife Victoria are seen in this file photo, April 6, The popular megachurch pastor, whose Houston church is America's largest and attracts 43, weekend worshippers, has been criticized by some Christians for appearing indecisive on some social issues, like same-sex marriage. Although Pastor Osteen has expressed his belief that homosexuality is a sin and that he's in disagreement with gay marriage, he avoids making such topics the focus of his sermons, which reach millions of people around the world. His messages of hope and encouragement, as well as his trademark smile, also draw criticism among Christians who feel he fails to address sin and suffering, but Osteen shakes off such criticism. Osteen will be sharing inspirational messages about hope, family and friendship with a sold out audience. Osteen said that his desire is to lift the people's spirits and "let them know that God is on their side, that they can come through" whatever difficulties they may be facing.
Steam Community :: :: Joel is gay
Joel Osteen and feel-good homophobia
Though he does admit that keeping fit is important to him. I need to work harder. I used to do it and I thought I was going to blow my brains out. Cause when we started, there were like just 5 of us and we had to watch everything. But we have great writers and great producers and they make me look fantastic every week.
"Being Gay Was Not an Option" — Joel Grey Welcomes Us Into His Private Life
As painful as it is to keep the free flow of ideas going, it is important to let people fly their colors. This way you know where they stand and you get to fly your own big neon flag in response. This all sounds reasonable, and you could argue that my friend was reminding me of my own professed philosophy about free speech and religion. And yet I shrieked out loud when I read his email. The reason Fox News gets a pass but Osteen has incurred my wrath is because his message is so insidious.
Joel Bray When British scientists first saw a platypus, some thought it must be a hoax; when Charles Darwin first saw one, he took it as proof of his theory of evolution — unable to fathom why an omniscient "creator" would make a creature so similar to, yet distinct from, a water rat. And, delving far deeper into history, there's an Aboriginal songline about the origin of the "biladurang" its Wiradjuri name , which involves a fateful encounter between a curious duck and a wily water rat. For dancer Joel Bray, this curious, confounding creature has become the perfect metaphor for his experience as a gay Aboriginal Australian man raised in a white Pentecostal Christian household. Bray's affinity with the platypus would lead him to develop an award-winning solo dance work performed not on stages, but in hotel rooms around Australia.