LAKELAND, Fla. – Todd Bentley believes God acts through him to cure cancer, heal the deaf and raise the dead.
So do hundreds of thousands of people who have visited his raucous revival meeting, now in its third month and broadcast nightly from a huge tent in the middle of Florida.
The 32-year-old Canadian, tattooed to the fingers and neck, puts a palm to the forehead of the sick, desperate and faithful. Bentley yells “Bam!” they collapse and he proclaims them cured. Attendees dance in the aisles, shout to Heaven, laugh, shake violently and cry.
If Christians are going to follow the Food
Network as a lead than I least propose that we have:
- Iron Theologian. Each week two theologians face
off in the debate arena to determine whose theology reigns supreme or
more accurately whose theology more illuminates the supreme being.
- 30 Minute Catechesis: Each week the host Viva Christo Rey
goes through the Catechism. Viva is talented at presenting
the faith in bite size chunks.
- Grape Expectations: Reviews of sacramental wine are
presented each week.
- License to Grill: Hosted by St. Lawrence.
- $40 a Day: A show about how to actually run a parish when
parishioners only throw a buck in the collection box.