I know Joel Osteen. I consider him a friend. I’m not a ‘Joel Osteen fan’ – I’m a friend. I know him to be a genuine man, a humble man and know that he has a desire to lead people to become followers of Jesus Christ. He believes the same fundamental truths about the Bible and Christianity that main stream Christianity teaches and preaches from the pulpits of America. The problem is not with Joel Osteen – the problem is in the hearts of the ‘Christian critics’ (which sounds a bit like an oxi-moron) that speak without thinking. Joel is focused on reaching the lost and the unchurched. He does it really well.