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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

I've started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I've deleted it. It's hard to know what to say when someone you admire and love goes through something as tragic as what Rick and Kay Warren have endured the last few days. Their son, Matthew, ended his own life at the age of 27 after battling severe mental illness for many years. I have heard Rick speak of this behind closed office doors, asking for prayer and pouring his heart out concerning his love for his …

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An Interview with Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions

Pastor Rick Warren has often said that “you never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends.” And he’s gone far past the limits most believers are willing to broach in order to form friendships and love a world in need of Jesus. Because of this, he’s often the target of unfair criticism and unfounded rumors. If you’ve longed for Pastor Rick to clear the air with boldness and clarity, keep reading. Along with another article I wrote about how Rick is a bridge-builder, …

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The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

In 1975, Bill Hybels assumed the leadership of a fledgling church plant that would grow into the rather influential Willow Creek Community Church. Under Bill's leadership, the church pioneered many concepts in the seeker-sensitive strain of worship and ministry. In 1997, Bill and his wife, Lynne, co-wrote Rediscovering Church, an inside look at how the church grew from 100 to 15,000 in weekend attendance. In 1980, Rick and Kay Warren relocated to Orange County, California …

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Does Rick Warren Endorse Chrislam?

No. Period. It's a funny thing. Since we've announced that we'll be planting a new church in cooperation with the new Saddleback Network and that Rick Warren has endorsed and sent us, I've gotten quite a few questions about the controversy over "chrislam." I'm not going to link to any articles - Google tells the story, and it's a sad and frustrating one. The rumor is that Rick Warren and other prominent religious leaders are promoting a new belief system known as …

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Rick Warren On the Most Important Thing Your Church Will Ever Do

I was thrilled when I receive Pastor Rick Warren's article for this past week's issue of the new Pastor's Toolbox. I'm not sure if it's because we feel the threat of extinction is too close or that we're just too individualistic, but the American church is obsessed with self-preservation and has failed to multiply and replenish the land with vibrant new fellowships. Listen to what Pastor Rick says is the most important thing your church will ever do... Church planting is …

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John Piper Interviews Rick Warren About Doctrine

For the last year, I've gotten daily reports on the mentions of Rick Warren, Purpose Driven, and Saddleback Church. Sometimes I respond in some way, but most of the time we just like to know what's on the radar. What upsets me is that there are so many believers who sit perched like vultures waiting on Christian leaders to say anything that can be gossiped about in the name of "discernment" or "exposing" error. I've often longed for Pastor Rick Warren to be able, in some …

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I Get To Be a Part of Saddleback Church

Thirteen years ago, I read The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission for the first time. The first chapter contains the story of how Rick and Kay Warren packed up their belongings and headed to a community to which God had called them to plant Saddleback Church. They arrived in Orange County with a moving truck and about $1,000 and started a church with seven people at the first Bible study. This past weekend, I attended four of our …

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What You Should Know About Rick Warren’s Worldview

For some time now, I've been serving as a Pastor to Saddleback Church's correspondence team, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who answer over 100,000 emails per year about a range of subjects. Not a week goes by that I don't see an email (or twenty) asking for Pastor Rick's response to what someone said in criticism of his views on a variety of subjects. …

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And You Thought YOU Received a Lot of Email

See the picture below? That's all the mail that arrived in the year 2009 for Pastor Rick Warren. And snail mail is a small percentage of the correspondence we manage. We've received about 65 emails criticizing a particular initiative at Saddleback this week and are formulating a response. I'm staring at an enormous to do list today. I have more people to respond to than I have time to keep up with. By the time I finish typing an email, two or three more have come in …

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At RKW Studio Shooting Video with Rick Warren

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