Anyone else think this is sad?

Tickets to see the Rev. Joel Osteen this weekend in Dallas are going for as much as 10 times their face value," the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports. Dallas' American Airlines Center has only about half the seats of Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, and now the $10 tickets—long since sold out—are selling for more than $100. (seems like it would be cheaper to make the four-hour drive to Houston).

"Joel Osteen is now to the Christian religion what Michael Jordan was to the NBA," Perfectseats.com's Gary McBride told the newspaper. "When Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls, game tickets sold out months in advance. In Christianity, Joel Osteen is that much of a superstar."

2 comments:

John said...

That is pretty sad. I sure hope that Osteen isn't trying to make a profit off of his popularity.

I've addressed the Osteen phenomenon here.

There's a lot of sound criticism of this man, but I think that much of the flack that Osteen catches is predicated upon envy of Osteen's onstensible success.

Jeff Downs said...

Here is a listing of resources on Osteen http://counter-cult.blogspot.com/2005/02/osteen-infinitum-resources.html