Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and superstar rapper Kanye West are teaming up once again to host a massive evangelical event at Yankee stadium in New York City.
The pair, who appeared together at Osteen’s Lakewood church a few weeks back, will pair up to for the “America’s Night of Hope” event, with Pastor Joel preaching and Kanye bringing the worship courtesy of his acclaimed “Sunday Service” choir.
You’d think that Yankee Stadium, with its 55,000-capacity seating, would be a significant step up even for Osteen, who’s vast worship center holds around 16,800 people. In fact, this will be the third time the popular preacher has hosted his touring evangelical event at the venue. It will, however, be his first one in partnership with Kanye West.
TMZ reports that the event is slated for May 2. Tickets for Osteen’s previous events have cost around $15, though the price is likely to be hiked up now that one of the world’s most famous rappers is taking to the stage too.
West has become increasingly vocal about his faith in recent months, repeatedly testifying to having experienced a profound spiritual transformation.
"I know that God has been calling me for a long time and the devil has been distracting me for a long time," he said during his much-publicized interview with Osteen at Lakewood last month.
The artist also spoke openly about being hospitalized for mental health issues, adding that when he hit rock bottom, God “was there with me, sending me visions and inspiring me.”
Admitting that he has a tendency to puff himself up a bit, West assured congregants that “the only superstar is Jesus” – a comment that was met with rapturous applause from Lakewood’s faithful.
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