Below is Osteen on Larry King Live stumbling his way through describing what the gospel is. Which by the way, that isn’t a good thing, a pastor should able to nail down the gospel. You can read the transcript of the whole interview here.
Personally, I think Joel Osteen is obviously reaching a lot of people and helping them find something better in their life. But after listening to him and watching him preach, I am not sure it is any different than what you would hear on Oprah or Dr. Phil. You can read what others thought here.
Here is a video from Mark Driscoll on this that I think is right on.
It is easy to see why people like Osteen. He is nice to listen to, but his sermons are pretty much all sound bites. I like to refer to him as the “smiley pastor.” The problem, as Driscoll points out, his message is incredibly dangerous. If we are following the footsteps of Jesus and becoming more like Jesus, the goal is not to be “a better person” the goal is to become more like Jesus.