What is the purpose of your message?

Speaking about a Joel Osteen and his message, Mark of Denver in Translation say’s “It’s not a heretical message, it’s just not a powerful one.” I have to question this one, not the heretical part which is silly to me, but the “it’s just not a powerful one” part.

A ministry reaching beyond his immediate church; beyond those who closely share his beliefs; reaching out to the mainstream and beyond; reaching those who might not receive a less “heretical” message; seems pretty powerful to me.

Now, if you want question the spiritual depth of Joel Osteen’s television or book ministries that may be a case where you could say “it’s just not a powerful one.” But this leads to the question “what is the purpose of the message?”

If Mr. Osteen is trying to provide deep spiritual or biblical insight I am not sure he is on target. If on the other hand he is trying to pastor to believers; reach those who are ready, willing and wanting to believe; or reach people who will never step foot into a church, I have to think Joel Osteen is right on target.

What is the purpose of your message, to speak or be heard?

ORCC Bloggers Unite!

Liveblogging the ORCC Bloggers Unite group today. Attending this holiday weekend, (first Husker game!) are:

Overflow of the Heart
Elissa Budd
The River Blog
The Hosh

So far the discussion has been lively about how to incorporate Facebook feeds, linking to others, and having focused content that encourages readership, linking, and comments.

UPDATE: Who uses Livewriter? Facebook feeds appear to work with a hat tip to The Kevlar Beard.
UPDATE2: I was just informed this is also Labor Day weekend, not just the first Husker game. Who knew?