Richard Roberts: Life After Scandal, Debt and Death
I knew I forgot to ask Richard Roberts something last week. We sat down for a one-on-one chat about life after scandal, debt and death. For those who don’t know, Roberts is the former president of Oral Roberts University, and son of the famous healing evangelist who passed away in 2009.
I asked Roberts about a tumultuous 2007 for him and ORU: the many allegations against him, the scandal and debt that rocked the school, his subsequent firing as ORU president, whether he’s bitter, and if he takes any responsibility for what happened.
I asked him if he ever talks to Mart Green, of the Hobby Lobby and Mardel empire. The millionaire bailed ORU out of a mountain of debt, and dismissed Roberts from the school he’d been around and/or running for more than four decades.
I asked him when the last time he stepped foot on the ORU campus (his answer surprised me), and if ORU could survive without anyone with a last name other than Roberts leading it (wait until you hear what he said his father thought about that).
Yep, I thought I pretty much covered all the bases and asked him just about everything. Afterwards, he asked me when the piece would air. “Sunday night 10pm,” I told him. “Good,” he replied, “because I’m not preaching that night, so I can watch it.”
But I forgot to ask him if Sunday night would be too late. Not too late of an hour for people to watch. Too late… period. After all, the world was supposed to come to an end Saturday evening. “Should we move up the air date?” I didn’t ask him. Totally forgot it. Apparently he did too.
I’m writing this on Sunday. I’m still here, and so is Richard Roberts (I think). The story still airs tonight at 10 on NewsChannel 8, barring unforeseen events… like the Rapture.
Here’s the story: