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CultureMap's 10 most popular stories: New AstroWorld, Michelle Obama's jewels, Osteen's mansion top list

By Clifford Pugh

Since CultureMap launched in late 2009, we've published more than 21,000 stories on a wide variety of subjects. Some topics we thought would be hits with readers weren't, while others skyro ...


God Talks

Joel Osteen barges into Howard Stern's crude world: Is Lakewood's celebrity pastor up to the challenge?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Move over Howard Stern. Lakewood Church's own celebrity pastor Joel Osteen is getting his own SiriusXM satellite radio station. Each week Osteen preaches to 40,000 peopl ...


Up To Speed

Food truck gets cock blocked, Owen Daniels is sacked and mega church theft: CultureMap top stories revealed

By Joel Luks

If the recent adventures of Grumpy Cat have derailed you from staying on top of what your local Houston peeps are yapping about to no end, CultureMap has your back with another episode of the " ...


Mysterious Lakewood Robbery

Lakewood Church robbery still shrouded in mystery: Joel Osteen stays quiet, letting the police work

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Lakewood Church officials are continuing to deal with a major robbery from Houston's internationally-known mega church. At least $600,000 was stolen from a church safe last weeke ...


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Return of AstroWorld, Jeremy Lin and Johnny Manziel top most popular stories of the year

By Clifford Pugh

CultureMap readers are an eclectic bunch. You made 2013 a banner year for our website with a record-shattering number of visits, a lot of time spent on the site and close engagement with ...


Joel Osteen, comedian?

Joel Osteen's hidden comedy is exposed: TV preacher's jokes about Boy Scouts & Popes get their own book

By Tyler Rudick

Running low on zingers about Boy Scouts, Baptists and Beelzebub? Then the new and completely unauthorized Joel Osteen joke book is for you. The Houston televangelist and bestselling a ...


Oprah Disses H-Town

Oprah Winfrey disses Houston, deems Dallas a much better host city

By Chris Baldwin

Oprah Winfrey's spent a fair amount of time in Texas over the last year and the queen of daytime TV has formed some definite opinions. And they're not very flattering to Houston. Wh ...


Turning the other cheek

Joel Osteen laughs off the Internet hoax that had him questioning God: Sees it as a blessing

By Whitney Radley

Though the Christian world might have reeled at the faux news that Joel Osteen had defected from the faith, the charismatic Lakewood Church pastor found the elaborate Internet hoax "so co ...


Joel Osteen Hoax

Behind the great Joel Osteen Internet hoax: Who knew haters had so much free time?

By Whitney Radley

"Pastor of mega church resigns, rejects Christ," read a CNN headline. "Osteen: 'I am no longer a Christian,'" proclaimed another on the Drudge Report. The Christian Broa ...


Inspiration Hits Town

Houstonians share their Oprah Winfrey close encounters: Inside details on her day with Joel Osteen

By Tyler Rudick

Daytime demigod Oprah Winfrey joined pastors Joel Osteen (or Oooo-steeeeen to the crowd) and Rick Warren (Warrrr-ennnnn) at the Hobby Center on Friday for a special live taping of Oprah&# ...


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