Preaching at American Idol, Part 2


(Read Part 1 by clicking here.)

The police got involved when I decided to preach in front of the Nokia Theater, the venue where the American Idol finals were to take place.

It wasn’t because we handed out Gospel literature to teenage fans…

Nor was it because I shoved a tract into the window of a reluctant limo driver…

It wasn’t even because I didn’t have the proper press credentials…

It was because of this guy, the Head of Security, that the police were called; I think.

He eyed my every move; I’m sure he didn’t appreciate my preachin’ in on his turf.

In came the SWAT team…
What was my crime?

“I’m on a public sidewalk, Officers,” I pleaded ever-so-politely.

“We know that, Sir,” they replied, even more politely. “But you’ll have to stand back ten feet.”

“No problem; thank you,” I replied. They treated me like a king. Fortunately, not like Rodney King.

I gingerly picked up my stool…

And continued preaching! The LAPD walked away.
Some of you are wondering, no doubt, if I’m aware of how crazy I look preaching the Gospel in all these unorthodox places.

I take comfort in the words of Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892):
“No sort of defense is needed for preaching out-of doors; but it would need very potent arguments to prove that a man had done his duty who has never preached beyond the walls of his meeting-house.”

John Wesley (1703 – 1791) said:
“I look upon the whole world as my parish… [and my duty is] to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation. This is the work which I know God has called me to; and sure I am that His blessing attends it.”

This is why, when everyone else is looking at their idols…

…I’d rather preach…

…even when it starts to turn ugly; and it did on the return trip back to the car. After six hours of standing in line under the hot sun, people were no longer in the mood to hear any good news, especially when they ran out of tickets for the show. “Kill him! Kill him!” they shouted at me at one point. Read the exciting conclusion here!


  1. I am loving these reports! Thank you so much for your website and for your efforts for the Lord along the highways and hedges.

    I’ve added you and your team to my regular prayer list.

    Major blessings to you!

    : )

  2. Good work Steve!

  3. Pastor Steve, You are such a wonderful breath of fresh open air. God bless you for preaching so faithfully! Your reports are great and I’m glad God gave you so much energy. May all those people who heard the gospel consider their eternal destiny and repent and trust in Jesus before it’s too late.

  4. You go Pastor Steve. I am thankful for what you do.

  5. You continue to be an inspiration to me (even when I’m too far away for you to shove me in the middle of my back) 🙂 Of course, I’m just kidding. God bless you Steve! GO!

  6. Awesome…wtg Sir……….Wish I could have been there with you……….

  7. Steve, “pusher”, “puller”, “dragger”, whatever!
    I love you! You are such an encouragement. I wish I were there with you!
    I miss you all so much! I can’t wait to hear the rest!
    Jerr :o)

  8. Wow… That only makes me want to go out and preach. God bless you Steve, for being a light to the world.

  9. I appreciate all your encouragement.

    I’ve been reading about George Whitefield lately, and he didn’t have half as much encouragement as I get from you all.

    You’ll read about Whitefield a little on Part 3.

    God bless you all!

  10. Steve, I read your American Idols stuff and all I can say is well done my friend. I’m very interested in your ministry and would love to get something going here in the valley. Please give me a ring (or E-mail)
    Lord Bless you, Karen and family.
    PS tell her I said hi. See if she remembers me.

  11. You’re American, but you are definitely not idle.
    I join the troops in salute to you and praise to God.

  12. Steve, I love these EV tales – keep up the good work !

  13. Good job, Steve. I’ve been practicing my open-air preaching voice in a large field near my house, working up volume and endurance so I can last a couple of hours in the hot sun, preparing to preach the Gospel of Jesus from the Brooklyn Bridge this summer and at other New York City sites. I feel that God is calling open-air preachers today because so many people won’t go to church so we will take church, and the message of salvation, to them.

    God Bless You


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