Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The 50 Most Influential Christians

Not sure how this one slipped by me, but earlier this month The Church Report came out with its annual list of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America.

Number one on the list is Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston's Lakewood Church. Osteen's preaching and methods have been the subject of a good deal of controversy among evangelicals.

There are some interesting choices on the list. President Bush shows up at number 11; the wonderful Joni Eareckson Tada, who I've had the privilege of interviewing (during the controversy surrounding the "Million Dollar Baby" movie) is number 21. Teacher Beth Moore, whose teaching I've heard great things about, is on the list, as is Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer.

Go check out the list and tell me what you think, OK? Are you surprised at some of the names on the list? Surprised at some names that didn't make it?

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