The Websites of the 50 Most Influential Christians in AmericaBy
I thought it’d be neat to check out the websites of Church Report’s 50 Most Influential Christians in America.
Each name is linked here to the website or blog I could find for them, with some commentary from me. And since I’m a fan of blogging for ministry purposes, I’ll note when they have a blog.
1. Joel Osteen
2. Billy Graham – I met his grandson Will Graham at Midwestern a while back when he came to speak in chapel and was extremely impressed. He’s the real deal. And I look forward to seeing how God uses his grandson in the year to come.
4. T.D. Jakes
6. Paul Crouch
7. Joyce Meyer
8. Leonard Sweet – I’ve enjoyed reading some of his books like Postmodern Pilgrims and I’m looking forward to checking out his upcoming book The Gospel According to Starbucks. He’s edgy, sometimes makes me uncomfortable the way he says things, but I appreciate the tension.
9. John Piper – I adore his passion for both the Word but also for the Mission. He’s a prolific writer and blogs (or at least has some content up) at The Resurgence. Check out the 2006 National Conference where he had Mark Driscoll and Tim Keller among others speaking.
11. George W. Bush – Pray for him and our leaders.
12. Erwin McManus — Love his communication style. And would relish the opportunity to visit his church soon. A friend of mine who interviewed him for a story said he’s the real deal, very authentic.
13. Robert Schuller
14. William Franklin Graham III – Of course Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse go hand-in-hand. I had the opportunity to help with a Festival in Tulsa a couple years back. I was impressed with the organization of it and the prayer and evangelistic efforts that go into a Graham evangelistic event. See also this USA Today story called Billy Graham’s Son Takes the Pulpit, His Own Way.
15. Luis Palau
17. Chuck Colson
18. Paul Crouch Jr.
19. Paula White
21. Joni Eareckson Tada – A person that really needs no introduction. Inspiring.
22. Harry Jackson
23. Dr. Al Mohler – OK, I’ve been waiting to highlight a prolific blogger on this list and here he is. The word is he devours books like they’re actually a part of the food chain.
24. Anne Graham Lotz — I’ve heard that the Grahams say she’s the real preacher in the family.
27. Chuck Swindoll — One big ole booming voice!
28. Dr. Jack Hayford
30. Marcus Lamb – One on the list I had actually near heard of …
31. Dr. Richard Land — Southern Baptists voice for “faith and family.”
32. Charles Stanley
33. Max Lucado – He must just wake up writing books … how does he do it?
35. John Maxwell
36. John Hagee
38. George Barna – Perhaps the most quoted statistician in the church.
39. Rod Parsley
40. Jerry Falwell
41. Sam Brownback — The second politician so far on the list. I know his name because I heard it a lot when we lived in Kansas City.
42. John MacArthur — I own more books by him than almost anyone else. His study Bible was instrumental in my early days as a believer. I found him online and printed off probably 1,000 pages of sermons and read them.
43. Dr. John Vaughan – The ultimate list guy! It doesn’t surprise me he’s on this list. He’s helping keep track of the “megachurch phenomenon.” I appreciate his work.
44. Beth Moore
45. Michael Slaughter – Surprisingly, he’s another one I haven’t heard a lot about.
48. Creflo Dollar
For the full list, along with a short bio, see the Church Report.
Note: If I’ve got a website wrong, please indicate it in the comments, or send me an email. Also, by linking to these sites I do not necessarily endorse them, their theology, or their choice hair gel.