NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. Modern technology does provide wonderful tools for reaching masses of people with the glorious news that God loves each one of us, including ready-made audiences that include the elderly, the shut-ins, and the undecided—especially those who are "shopping" for a faith to hang on to.

According to a report by Religion & Ethics News Weekly, there are more than 10,000 TV ministries around the United States, both big and small. Broadcasts by Pastor Joel Osteen of Houston, Texas, are said to draw more than seven million viewers a week. The Hour of Power, from Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, estimates its worldwide audience at 20 million a week, including listeners and viewers in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and China.

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October 8, 2007

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