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In a high level summit meeting held at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington, D.C., Christian groups were urged by high-level speakers to continue to make progress and forge new partnerships beyond their comfort zone in the fight against AIDS. Hosted by Rick and Kay Warren with Saddleback Church, the event featured a video […] Read More

Through the years, Rick Warren has consistently provided food for thought on the subject of evangelism. Agree with him or disagree (the latter of which I often do, especially when he links evangelism exclusively with his preferred worship style), his words are difficult to ignore. Sometimes, however, I wonder if he really listens to himself:  […] Read More

Challenging Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life” is like David going up against Goliath, especially if you’re the pastor of a small congregation who also teaches at a small seminary. When the call came, I had to respond. You see, for a few years I had seen signs announcing “Forty Days of Purpose” and had heard […] Read More

RT @ RickWarren: Being a small church is nothing to be ashamed of. Being a small-minded church is disobedience to Jesus’ Great Commission. The problem with Twitter is you only have 140 characters to make your point. The example above has been re-tweeted about a million times in a couple of days. Frankly, I find […] Read More

Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.   On a recent Saturday morning in California, a Muslim leader spoke at the biennial gathering of the American Baptist Churches-USA. One week later in Washington, D.C., on the Fourth of July, a Baptist pastor spoke at the national […] Read More

For many years the image of a “melting pot” was used to describe the experience of immigrants coming to America. The expectation was that as people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and religions make their way to our country, a sort of American cultural crucible would melt away all the differences leaving one homogenous social stew. […] Read More

No sooner had the Indianapolis Star broken the story over the weekend about mega-church pastor Rick Warren speaking at the upcoming annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America than conservative Christian bloggers started barking their disapproval.   While Warren will not be the first Baptist to speak to ISNA, he will be the […] Read More

Best-selling author and megachurch Pastor Rick Warren is in a bit of a jam. First, while appearing on Larry King Live on April 7, he firmly denied any public statements endorsing Proposition 8 in the 2008 election on the California ballot and any personal animosity to gay rights. Now he is being confronted with earlier […] Read More

Rick Warren has a pattern of political activism followed by political denial of activism. But this time—on Proposition 8—Warren has been caught on videotape voicing contradictory positions, supporting an anti-gay marriage initiative in California and then saying he didn’t campaign for it. Remembering an earlier episode places the current episode in context. Most folk do […] Read More

Prayer is not ceremonial. Prayers offered at public events like football games, graduations and presidential inaugurations are mere ceremony. They are prelude to something else that is the main event. If Jesus is right and prayer is actually a conversation we can have with God, then we have no business reducing it down to the […] Read More