In my book “The Last TV Evangelist: Why The Next Generation Couldn’t Care Less About Christian Media – And Why It Matters,” I released a list of mistakes that reveal when Christians are dropping the ball – particularly on television. Some readers have called it “TV Evangelist Porn.” While that may be a stretch, it does echo just how out of sync with good taste these “offenses” are:
Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: “Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen.” Apparently they think it’s easy. But whenever I’ve worked with people like Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, and others – or big organizations like The Salvation Army, or The American Bible Society, it wasn’t me doing something magic – it was give and take, commitment, time, and a lot of creativity from our team and theirs – not to mention the ministry leaders themselves. But too many pastors who want to be on TV today think it’s a just a matter of buying better cameras, lighting the sanctuary better, or creating a more interesting show open. Let me tell you what it takes:
Now that Pastor Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral has been sold to the Catholic Church, big changes are happening. For instance, it’s being reported that a walkway constructed of bricks with engraved names of Crystal Cathedral donors is being pulled up to make way for new landscaping. Although the new owners are making the bricks available to donors who would like to claim them, it’s still causing an
The morning of 9/11, I had a brainstorm. Watching the horror unfolding at the World Trade Center, I immediately sent a fax (remember faxes?) to every owner or manager of every Christian television station I knew. I begged them to interrupt their regularly scheduled programming and start reporting on the tragedy in New York. Obviously they didn’t have the budget or manpower to compete with major news networks, but they could report on
Here’s my interview with the Think International team on the future of Christian television. I’d love to know your reaction:
Television was once called a vast wasteland, and it’s hard to argue with that description. Even today, with multiple cable and satellite channels, religious and family channels, and other positive signs, there are still a lot of deserts out there in the media landscape. But recently, the mass media has changed in a way no one expected. In fact, I predict our lifetime will be remembered as the era mass media died. The truth is,
Many TV evangelists are rich because of greed. But not their greed. It’s our greed. An earlier generation donated money to help those in need. Growing up, my mother taught us about those “less fortunate” and we gave because the Bible expressed great concern about the poor and suffering. But as I grew up, a concept came along that turned giving on its head.