R.I.P. Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts died yesterday at the age of 91.

Let me give you this Oklahoma girl’s Oral Roberts overlaps.

1) I wrote a paper in freshman English at Oklahoma State University titled “Praying for Dollars” that talked about Rev. Roberts and his televangelist peers. In that paper I used Playboy as a source. I thought I was being very cool. My really cool English TA didn’t even blink.

2) My first job was on a construction site building a project in which Roberts was a partner. I’d have to go to his offices a few blocks away and drop off construction updates. The place was a fortress! There were cameras and several doors I’d get buzzed through. At the end of it all a woman from a second story balcony would lower a basket on a long rope to retrieve my delivery.

3) That first job also came with an HMO where my physicians were all at the state-of-the-art Oral Roberts Hospital. When it first opened Tulsans stood in line to have tours.

4) Later we moved to a home a few blocks from the University. The prayer tower and praying hands were always with us. They were very quiet neighbors.

Come to think of it, I know of at least two Brookfield residents who attended ORU at the end of the 70’s or the early 80’s. It was a good school.

That’s it. One man unexpectedly changed religion by promising great wealth and health were a part of God’s plan as long as you sent in this week’s check. Lots and lots of people did just that.

I never understood it all myself.


  1. I never understood it either. I mean after the first time wouldn’t you figure it out.

    Course people play the lottery, too.

    Needless to say, I disagreed theologically with most of what Mr. Roberts’ promised.

  2. Santa's Elf says:

    If there was a satan and he wanted to destroy faith in God, what better way to do so than to launch a charismatic preacher out to get rich off the mis-teaching of Jesus?

    This Texas dork, Joel Osteen, is satan’s latest watch fob.

    No, Jesus ain’t all about making you ever happier and ever richer!

  3. Randy in Richmond says:

    Exactly what has Joel Osteen done that links him to satan ?

  4. “Jesus ain’t all about making you ever happier and ever richer”