After parting ways with his father's Crystal Cathedral, Robert A. Schuller left preaching to start a television career. The son of The Hour of Power founder Robert H. Schuller Sr. recently acquired AmericanLife TV with GodTube founder Chris Wyatt.

Why did you resign from the Crystal Cathedral?

They decided to no longer air my messages on The Hour of Power. They felt they could have greater impact if they had lots of different preachers. The Hour of Power owns the Crystal Cathedral, and the owners, in effect, evicted me … so that they could have other preachers on Sunday mornings.

What theological differences do you have with your father?

My father has a different method. He likes to go more into the psychology, and I like to go more into biblical teaching. But the goals are the same, the visions are the same. I don't think that was a problem.

Did you envision yourself staying long-term at the Crystal Cathedral?

I did. I was disappointed, sad, hurt, and angry. It was a very difficult time, and quite frankly remains a difficult time. I believe God dragged me out of the Cathedral in order for me to do this.

How is The Hour of Power different from what you're doing now?

The Hour of Power is a … show that airs on different networks. [It] was spending $4.5 million for one hour of airtime. It's very difficult financially to make ends meet. This is an entertainment channel.

Why are you leaving preaching?

I'll probably have 5- to 10-minute messages throughout the program, but it won't be sitting down with three points and a poem. Chris Wyatt resigned a month before I left the Cathedral because his investors told him they wanted to take God out of GodTube. Chris discovered through GodTube that nobody listened ...

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