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  • Reverend Ike moves on

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 31, 2009 | 2:17 pm

    I forgot to mention yesterday this bit of religious news, which popped up today on the LA Times obit page:

    The Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, the flamboyant, lavish-living preacher known as Reverend Ike, whose message of success and prosperity reached millions, has died. He...

  • Prosperity gospel may precede megachurch’s foreclosure

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 10, 2008 | 12:29 pm

    Last year, I spoke with a number of Christian credit unions about the mortgage-lending crisis. I was assured by the head of America’s Christian Credit Union that “thankfully, we don’t have the house of the Lord in sub-prime loans.”

    The Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU), the...

  • Churches buckling under economic pressure

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 30, 2008 | 2:54 pm

    No surprises in this AP story about churches suffering in the economic downturn. The reason is the same as it was for synagogues in the LA Jewish community: increased needs often follow decreased resources during times like these.

    The greater question is just what is God’s role in...

  • Rod Parsley: firebrand and gonif

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 20, 2008 | 12:41 pm

    I strongly disagree with Rod Parsley‘s characterization of Islam (based on “revelations from demon spirits” and “an anti-Christ religion that intends, through violence, to conquer the world”), but as someone who believes there is Truth and not just religion, he has the right to be...

  • ‘Giving makes you rich’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2007 | 8:34 am

    This week I am going to try to post some of the stories I’ve had sitting in the queue for a little while. This piece from Portfolio is apt for the holiday season and plays into the idea of the prosperity gospel, meaning that the more you give, the more God gives you.

    In John...

  • The ministerial high-life

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 12, 2007 | 1:04 pm

    Randy and Paula White say they were following God’s call when they moved to Tampa Bay and started a ministry that now has more than 20,000 members and $40 million in annual donations. But as the success of Without Walls International Church soared, so did the luxurious lifestyles of...

  • Detroit pastor goes Gatsby

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 27, 2007 | 10:06 pm


    Mansion.jpgOur sister paper in Detroit has a mind-blowing story about a Christian minister whose church bought him this $3.65 million mansion. The 11,000 sq-foot mini-palace also qualifies as a tax deduction, at the cost of $40,000 a year to Redford Township....