On Saturday, April 25th, Joel Osteen will appear at Yankee Stadium for “a historic night of hope and celebration.”
While the Yankees have had a hard time filling the infield seats, I doubt that will be the case with Joel Osteen. (Of course, Joel isn’t charging $2500 a pop so that should help considerably.) In fact, seats are reasonably priced at $15 plus a $4 fee. I just tried to order tickets from Ticketmaster and the best seats available were in section 311 — the second tier from the top. (Maybe the Yankees could learn something about marketing from Joel.)
It seems the Night of Hope is a tour that is replacing the former book tours. In addition to New York, there are nights (with Joel AND Victoria) schedule in Columbus and Minneapolis.
I’m all for creating hope and finding anything to celebrate in these hard times. I have to wonder, though, about how the prosperity preaching that Joel is famous for is faring during these economically depressed times. Is this waking people up to the ineffectiveness of wishful thinking or is it making them cling more desperately?
The Pew Forum came out with a new study showing that the recession has not led to increased church attendance overall.
I thought this finding was counterintuitive. People tend to turn to faith in times of crisis. It would be interesting to know if there have been increases in certain segments of the faith community. Does anyone know if that’s been done?