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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Pioneering televangelist Oral Roberts (He is the one on the left - for you younger folks. The guy on the right is a fellow name Elvis) died at age 91. CNN has his obituary. The title is a reference to a statement he made in late 80's.

"In 1986, Roberts announced that God would "call him home" unless he raised $8 million to send medical missionaries from the center -- an announcement that was widely publicized."

Oral must have missed a payment. I'm kidding. None of you weenie-bloggers better write a post saying I was celebrating his death, because Oral Roberts was one of the few televangelist of that era that I didn't have a problem with.
While he still preached a "prosperity gospel," Roberts tended to be positive and focus on the power of prayer and faith rather than partisan politics and destroying the entertainment industry.

I remember seeing his TV shows as a child and I liked his introductions which ending with him saying "Today, something good is going to happen to YOU!" Followed by a chorus sing an old hymn, appropriately entitled, "Something Good Is Going To Happen To You."

I also remember as a child traveling to Oklahoma in the early 70's (at the height of his popularity) and seeing a large billboard outside Tulsa that advertised the Oral Roberts University. It featured a giant Oral Roberts waving his arms up and down, welcoming folks to Tulsa.

I read a comment, in one of the articles on his death, from an Alburn University professor of religion that Oral Roberts may have had a more positive impact on Christianinty than Jerry Falwell. I agree that, but of course, opinions like this are why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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