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  • American Churches To Embrace 'Chrislam' On June 26, 2011

    06/23/2011 5:28:45 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 116 replies · 1+ views
    NowTheEndBegins ^ | June 23. 2011
    NTEB has reported extensively on the growing Chrislam movement. Started by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, it has grown dramatically and now has infected many hundreds of churches and denominations all across America. A group called Faith Shared is now spearheading the move to merge Christianity with Islam, and in the process provoking the very judgment of God down upon us as a nation. The following is taken directly from their website: “Faith Shared asks houses of worship across the country to organize events involving clergy reading from each other’s sacred texts. An example would be a Christian Minister, Jewish...
  • Palin’s people: The rise of Rick Warren and the mega-church Bible Belt.

    07/25/2010 11:49:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 3+ views
    The New Statesman ^ | July 26, 2010 | Rob Blackhurst
    "Everybody sing ee-oo," declaims the clean-cut thirtysomething at the front of the vast auditorium. Ten thousand Californian voices respond. Over a backing of soaring power chords, the soloist launches into an ecstatic, 1980s-style anthem: "If you're alive and you've been redeemed,/Rise and sing, rise and sing." Pastor Rick Warren, America's most im­portant religious leader since Billy Graham, emerges from the wings, wearing jeans and a short-sleeved shirt, a trimmed CEO beard and a little more weight than his doctor might recommend. When he speaks, his words are as warm as the Orange County sunshine: the homily is a practical one,...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Asks Faithful For Nearly $1 Million -- And Gets it!!!

    01/02/2010 10:42:48 AM PST · by troy McClure · 142 replies · 3,558+ views
    1-2-10 | troy McClure
    WELCOME TO 2010! Dear Saddleback Family, You won't want to miss this weekend at Saddleback! It will be history-making and also the first service of our Decade of Destiny. I can't wait to share with you what happened this week. It speaks volumes about YOU, the depth of commitment in this fellowship, and where God is taking us in 2010 - our 30th Anniversary year. I'm simply calling this week's message "The Miracle". In spite of a media culture that thrives on bad news and is typically clueless about how churches actually work, and in spite of hatefulness and insults...
  • Rick Warren Asks for Urgent Donations

    12/30/2009 11:22:46 PM PST · by FTJM · 81 replies · 2,454+ views
    AP ^ | California, Dec. 31, 2009 | Staff
    Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is begging parishioners at his Southern California megachurch to cough up $900,000 before Jan. 1 to keep the parish out of the red. In an urgent letter posted on the Saddleback Church Web site on Wednesday, Warren says expenses are up because parishioners are out of work and "the bottom dropped out" when year-end donations dropped dramatically. He asks parishioners to donate before the new year to keep the Orange County church out of debt, The Orange County Register reports. A spokeswoman for Warren said the church does not release financial details, so it's difficult to...
  • Pastor Rick Warren urgently asks faithful for $900,000 (Ask Your Boy Obama For It)

    12/30/2009 8:46:19 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 136 replies · 3,276+ views
    Pastor Rick Warren urgently asks faithful for $900,000 December 30th, 2009 It’s been a heck of a year for mega-pastor/bestselling author/power broker Rick Warren of the enormous Saddleback Church. It started out with Warren’s invocation at the historic inauguration of one President Barack Obama - and it concludes with Warren asking his flock to cough up nearly $1 million in just two days to keep the church out of the red. “Dear Saddleback Family,” begins today’s missive from Warren. “THIS IS AN URGENT LETTER unlike any I’ve written in 30 years. Please read all of it and get back to...

    07/09/2009 8:12:04 AM PDT · by LibertyinChrist · 5 replies · 852+ views
    I must give you my highest commendations for WORLD NET DAILY, Lighthouse Trails (and Jan Markell's, and Ken Silva's) rightful scathing sharp rebuke of Rick Warren! Shout it from the rooftops!!! Here is my response to this abomination committed by Rick Warren: I found it extremely ironic that Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Churches enforce removal of Bible studies, removal of good Bible teachers from churches, Christian purpose-driven pastors (like a top Rick Warren lieutenant) calling the police to remove a Christian from public property in front of his church because he picketed against the church conducting purpose driven teachings and...
  • Rick Warren envisions coalition of faith [SPEECH TO MUSLIMS]

    07/05/2009 5:29:18 AM PDT · by Blogger · 30 replies · 2,600+ views
    The Washington Times Sunday, July 5, 2009 Rick Warren envisions coalition of faith Julia Duin (Contact) The Rev. Rick Warren, one of America's best-known evangelical Protestant pastors, pleaded with about 8,000 Muslim listeners on Saturday night to work together to solve the world's greatest problems by cooperating in a series of interfaith projects. "Muslims and Christians can work together for the common good without compromising my convictions or your convictions," Mr. Warren said during an evening session of the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) at the Washington Convention Center. "I am not interested in interfaith...
  • Rick Warren to Buy Saints, Build Purpose-Driven Field

    07/02/2009 9:04:16 PM PDT · by This Just In · 16 replies · 1,027+ views
    LarkNews ^ | July 2, 2009 | LarkNews
    Warren to buy Saints, build Purpose-Driven Field NEW ORLEANS — Pastor and author Rick Warren has signed a deal to purchase the New Orleans Saints football franchise for $320 million from current owner Tom Benson, and has pledged to pour his time and energy into helping the city and team rebuild. "This is the start of the Saints' turnaround," a Warren spokesman said. "America is going to see what a purpose-driven team can accomplish." The Saints have desperately needed a home and a vision since Hurricane Katrina devastated their season. They were keenly disappointed with the NFL's response to their...
  • Islamic Society convention lands appearance from Rick Warren

    06/21/2009 4:36:45 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 27 replies · 1,632+ views
    Worldview Times ^ | 6-19-09 | Christian Worldview Network
    Islamic Society convention lands appearance from Rick WarrenThe Indiana-based Islamic Society of North America will be holding its annual convention -- the largest yearly gathering of Muslims on the continent -- in Washington, D.C. over the Fourth of July weekend. And while convention leaders are holding out hope that President Barack Obama might make the convention his latest stop in his outreach to the Muslim world, the convention has landed another pretty big fish as a featured speaker.Purpose-Driven pastor Rick Warren has agreed to appear at the convention and be part of its main session discussing the convention's theme --...
  • Survey: 1 in 2 Americans Familiar with Rick Warren

    02/01/2009 9:28:33 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 16 replies · 837+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Feb. 01 2009 | Eric Young
    Despite his role in President Obama’s inauguration and the attention he received in the weeks leading into it, megachurch pastor Rick Warren is known to only about half of Americans, according to a recent survey. World renowned evangelist Billy Graham, meanwhile, remains the most well known among the nation’s high profile televangelists and megachurch leaders, with 88 percent claiming that they were familiar with him, according to HCD Research. The results of the survey, conducted Jan. 27-28, were released a little more than a week after Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest, Calif., delivered the invocation at...
  • Rick Warren Removes 'Gays Not Accepted' Sign from Church Website

    12/23/2008 10:29:59 AM PST · by lewisglad · 179 replies · 4,273+ views ^ | 7:25 AM on Tue Dec 23 2008 | By Ryan Tate,
    Tis the season of empty gestures! Inaugural pastor Rick Warren rewrote his website so it no longer says gays are poison to his congregation. In fact a whole long lecture about gays was deleted. Here's the old content, via AmericaBlog, via Dave Winer, where Warren explains why gays can't join his church: This was from a website section called "Small Group Questions About Saddleback Church." The above is part of an answer to the question "What does the Bible say about homosexuality?" Also part of the answer, in the original, was a description of homosexuality as "an enormous sin" and...
  • Christian & Missionary Alliance Seizes Another Church Property; Criminal Fraud Charges Filed

    News Release: October 3, 2008 CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE LEADER NAMED IN ANOTHER C&MA FRAUD AND EXTORTION SCHEME District Superintendent Wayne Spriggs Seizes Reedsville Bank Account and Church Property On the heels of the C&MA Headquarters being sued for stealing $18,000 bank account and $650,000 church property of a Chinese church in Colorado Springs, and more recently a Vietnamese Boat People Church, in Long Beach California, the Eastern Pennsylvania District of the C&MA as now hijacked another church. And just like the national bank crisis is about real estate, this case of greed is about real estate. But unlike the...
  • Rick Warren, Interfaith Activist (RICK WARREN ECUMENICISM with ISLAM/MUSLIMS)

    09/30/2008 7:21:40 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 18 replies · 618+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9-29-08 | eboo patel
    Warren consistently used the language of a religious pluralist. He spoke of "mosques, temples and churches" as central to the life of villages in the developing world. He underscored the fact that there are huge numbers of people of faith in the world, and huge numbers of houses of worship in places where clinics, banks and schools don't exist. Those people of faith can be trained to be the arms and legs of any development plan, and those houses of worship can double as clinics, banks and schools. This is a big deal, because it signals an important turn in...
  • Congregation suing district after its home is sold (Christian & Missionary Alliance power grab)

    09/25/2008 11:25:50 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 19 replies · 791+ views
    Colorado Springs ^ | August 4, 2008 | Mark Barna
    Congregation suing district after its home is sold BY MARK BARNA August 4, 2008 - 1:15AM When the church locks were changed on a summer's day two years ago, Zhen Xue and the other congregants were dumbfounded. After all, the Chinese Alliance Church parish owned the Colorado Springs property and had money in the bank to keep it running. Two days later, on July 2, 2006, the congregation got the explanation: Leaders of the MidAmerica District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance said they were shutting down the church because church membership, and thus donations, had fallen. The district...
  • Rick Warren’s very own magazine (Rick Warren Following Oprah's lead)

    08/29/2008 7:51:33 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 13 replies · 301+ views
    Jewish Journal online ^ | August 28, 2008 | Brad A. Greenberg
    Rick Warren’s very own magazine By Brad A. Greenberg I wrote an article two years ago for Christianity Today about the demise of Purpose Driven ministries, an outgrowth of the ridiculous popularity of “The Purpose-Driven Life.” Murderers and madmen and everyone else know by now that the author of that book was Rick Warren, who recently reinvented himself as a political player. Purpose Driven ministries may be no more, but Warren is bigger than ever before. Continuing his metamorphosis into the male Oprah, Warren is in talks with Reader’s Digest to publish a magazine inspired by his book, which...
  • Political Punch - Rick Warren Takes On His Critics: "I'm a Big Target"

    08/19/2008 9:24:13 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 24 replies · 65+ views
    ABCnews blogs ^ | August 15, 2008 8:03 AM | Jake Tapper
    Rick Warren Takes On His Critics: "I'm a Big Target" August 15, 2008 8:03 AM In another part of our interview with best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren, I asked him about some of the controversies surrounding his church. I asked him, for instance, about the criticism that he offers a sort of glib, new age Christianity. Rev. Bob DeWaay, author of a book criticizing Warren’s approach, says “the Bible’s theme is about redemption and atonement, not finding meaning and solving problems.” How does he respond to the charge that he offers a shallow 40-day approach to Christianity? "I flatly...
  • The Emerging Global 'Church'

    08/17/2008 11:05:43 PM PDT · by epow · 14 replies · 160+ views
    Kjos Ministries ^ | August, 2005 | Berit Kjos
    "The first Reformation was about beliefs. This one needs to be about behavior.… We’ve had a Reformation; what we need now is a transformation." [1] Rick Warren "The transition... to a culture of peace is a process of individual, collective and institutional transformation."[2] UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme "Citizenship for the next century is learning to live together. The 21st Century city will be a city of social solidarity.... We have to redefine the words... [and write a new] social contract." [3] Federico Mayor, former head of UNESCO. "A sea change of transitions and transformations is birthing a whole new...
  • Blog Shut Down by 'Christian' Apologist's Threat (RICK WARREN, RICHARD ABANES, KEN SILVA)

    07/28/2008 5:49:39 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 100 replies · 513+ views
    Christian NewsWire ^ | 7-28-08 | pastor dustin segers
    Blog Shut Down by 'Christian' Apologist's Threat Contact: Pastor Dustin Segers, Coalition of Concerned Bloggers,, 336-848-7197 MEDIA ADVISORY, July 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Pastor Dustin Segers submits the following and is available for comment: How safe are our blogs? That question was raised again when on the evening of July 26, 2008, a popular religious blog was shut down by an Internet service provider. A complaint filed by Christian author and apologist, Richard Abanes, claiming that one article on the religious opinion site,, had slandered him, caused the web host, IPower, to send its publisher, Ken Silva, a...
  • What makes a gigachurch go? (Moving Beyond the Megachurch)

    07/20/2008 7:26:45 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 20 replies · 67+ views
    Minneapolis Star/Tribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 7/20/08 | Jeff Strickler - Staff Reporter
    The 23rd Psalm rolled off the Rev. Jason Strand's tongue with soothing familiarity, the way it had since he memorized it as a boy. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters ..." But up on the 16-by-24-foot screens flanking Strand, the PowerPoint version displayed the updated words "quiet waters" instead of the "still waters" of Strand's memory. Amy Anderson noticed the problem instantly. She began scribbling notes in her three-ring binder, then flipped to a new page to catch up with what...
  • Gay advocacy group thankful for Saddleback Church meeting (Orange County, CA)

    06/16/2008 10:40:57 PM PDT · by TheDon · 34 replies · 798+ views
    LAKE FOREST – The conversation dealt with transgendered individuals, homosexuality, and theology. Representatives of the gay community today shared their "coming out" stories and discussed religious attitudes toward homosexuality with Saddleback Church staff. "I feel the foundation is being built for other dialogue between Saddleback and the gay community," said Richard Finch... One person talked about being transgender and Christian, attendees said. Another individual talked about being in the brink of suicide because of his childhood church's views on homosexuality. ... Jeff Lutes, executive director of Soulforce — a gay rights advocacy group that organized the project — said the...