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  • Warren Waver On Prop 8 Stuns Leaders: Stance About-Face At Issue

    04/10/2009 10:05:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 1,241+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2009
    Warren waver on Prop 8 stuns leaders Stance about-face at issue By Julia Duin April 11, 2009 Evangelical leaders say they are bewildered and stunned by the Rev. Rick Warren's apparent turnaround on gay marriage after the famous California pastor said earlier this week that he was not a proponent of California's Proposition 8. Mr. Warren told CNN's Larry King on Monday that he "never once even gave an endorsement" of the proposition, which said marriage in the state could only involve one man and one woman. The measure won at the polls last November by a close margin, in...
  • [Rick] Warren waver on Prop 8 stuns leaders [lukewarm]

    04/10/2009 8:09:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 2,230+ views
    Stance about-face at issue. BY JULIA DUIN Evangelical leaders say they are bewildered and stunned by the Rev. Rick Warren's apparent turnaround on gay marriage after the famous California pastor said earlier this week that he was not a proponent of California's Proposition 8. Mr. Warren told CNN's Larry King on Monday that he "never once even gave an endorsement" of the proposition, which said marriage in the state could only involve one man and one woman. The measure won at the polls last November by a close margin, in effect negating an earlier California Supreme Court ruling allowing gay...
  • Warren's 'backsliding' on homo marriage hurts church, Evangelical "pastor" apologizes on Larry King

    04/09/2009 12:59:34 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 80 replies · 2,210+ views
    onenewsnow.com ^ | 4/9/9 | Jim Brown
    A Washington, DC, pastor and outspoken opponent of same-sex "marriage" says California mega-church pastor Rick Warren has done "tremendous damage" by apologizing for his support last fall of California's marriage protection amendment. Rick Warren said Monday on CNN's Larry King Live that he has "never been and never will be" an "anti-gay marriage activist," and made a point to inform the program's host that he apologized to his homosexual friends for comments he made in October to his church in support of Proposition 8 in California. Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., with the High Impact Leadership Coalition says he was very...
  • America's wishy-washy pastors

    04/08/2009 5:42:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies · 676+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 4/8/2009 | Joseph Farah
    America achieved its independence and freedom in the 18th century in large part because colonial pastors stood up for biblical principles, preached them, lived them and refused to back down from them – even in the face of death. The American War of Independence has been accurately called a "pulpit revolution" for this reason. It was inspired by great men of God who recognized evil and called it by its right name. What a difference two centuries, combined with affluence and the corporatization of the 501(c)3 church culture has made.
  • Rick Warren Disavows Support for Prop. 8

    04/08/2009 3:21:28 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 56 replies · 2,142+ views
    Onenewsnow.com ^ | April 8, 2009 | Jim Brown
    California mega-church pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren says he apologized to his homosexual friends for making comments in support of California's Proposition 8, and now claims he "never once even gave an endorsement" of the marriage amendment. Pastor Rick WarrenMonday night on CNN's Larry King Live, Pastor Rick Warren apologized for his support of Prop. 8, California's voter-approved marriage protection amendment, saying he has "never been and never will be" an "anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist." "During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never...
  • Rick Warren Backpedals on Gay Marriage Bill

    04/08/2009 11:23:48 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 122 replies · 4,371+ views
    The Voice Magazine ^ | April 8, 2009 | Jennifer LeClaire
    As the gay marriage movement begins to gain momentum, Pastor Rick Warren, best known for his best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life, is apologizing to the gay community for making comments supporting California’s Proposition 8. During a Monday on Larry King Live, the mega-church pastor claims he “never once even gave an endorsement” of the marriage amendment only to later state that he regretted supporting it. Proposition 8 protects the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, thereby eliminating same-sex couple’s right to marry. Although Warren publicly spoke out in support of Proposition 8 just weeks before...
  • Pastor Rick Warren: "I Am Not An Anti-Gay Marriage Activist" (Video)

    In his first interview since Inauguration Day, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren tells Larry King that is a misconception that he is an "Anti-Gay Marriage Activist". He adds that he never took a stance on California's Prop 8 Same-Sex Marriage debate and he doesn't concern himself with things like Iowa's recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
  • Saddleback Church's Warren calls on believers to make history

    03/27/2009 12:20:55 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 30 replies · 913+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 3-26-2009 | ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    Saddleback Church's Warren calls on believers to make history Church expects to bring 3,000 new believers into its flock Saturday. LAKE FOREST – In what Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren calls historical, the church hopes to bring 3,000 new members into its flock on Saturday. "I'm not sleeping much. I'm too excited," the megachurch's pastor wrote in an e-mail to his congregation this week. "THIS SATURDAY, March 28, will be THE GREATEST DAY in Saddleback's history. OVER 2,000 people have already signed up to become members of our church family on a single day." Citing the Bible, Warren challenges prospective...
  • O.C. churches struggle to weather economic woes [Orange County, CA]

    02/27/2009 12:35:17 PM PST · by TheDon · 21 replies · 717+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 27, 2009 | DEEPA BHARATH AND SARAH TULLY
    When Capistrano Valley Church saw its donations dwindling over the last year, the church's pastor Heather Clark took some drastic steps. First, she asked the landlord for a 20 percent rent reduction and got it. Secondly, the church's staff took a 10 percent pay cut. They switched from newsletters and paper bulletins to e-mail communication. The church, which recently changed its name to Center for Spiritual Living, is not alone in its battle for survival. Clark said the 425-strong church experienced a 20 percent decline in donations over the last year. That is more or less consistent with most Orange...
  • Pastor Rick Warren headlines L.A.'s Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

    02/15/2009 10:01:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 439+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/15/09 | Margot Roosevelt
    Evangelical minister Rick Warren brought a message of unity and civility to some 1,400 people who attended the city's annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, avoiding mention of his opposition to gay marriage and abortion. Warren, pastor of Orange County's Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling "The Purpose Driven Life," acknowledged that "sometimes I'm a little controversial." But as in his recent invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration, he preached on the universal themes of God's love and service to the poor. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was less circumspect, acknowledging his support of gay marriage and "a woman's right to...
  • 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...
  • Most Underrated Part of Inauguration

    01/26/2009 11:42:00 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 27 replies · 1,079+ views
    WORLD NET DAILY ^ | 1-26-09 | CHUCK NORRIS
    Pre-inaugural chatter speculated what each of the ministers would say. Would the Rev. Rick Warren use the opportunity to pray against the maladies of abortion or homosexuality? Would he end his prayer in the nonpolitically correct and exclusive "in Jesus' name"? Would the Rev. Joseph Lowery resurrect a civil right spirit in his ecumenical prayer? Would he slide in a pro-gay comment within the final entreaty of the inauguration? (SNIP) ... just when you think the "amen" is imminent, Warren gives a coup de grace to any political or earthly power – a possible subversive chess move to subtly call...
  • Rick Warren: America's Dwight Schrute

    01/22/2009 6:10:53 PM PST · by Gondring · 15 replies · 1,030+ views
    Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture ^ | January 21st, 2009 | Aaron D. Wolf
    In an hilarious episode of NBC’s The Office, Dunder-Mifflin übertwerp Dwight Schrute unwittingly adapts the words of several speeches by Benito Mussolini and Karl Marx in order to appear impressive at a conference for salesmen. “Blood alone moves the wheels of history!” he cries, and by the time he gets to Il Duce’s “It is a privilege to fight!” the equally witless conference audience is chanting along with him. “Salesmen of the world, unite!” Explaining a joke tends to make it unfunny, but it might be helpful here. We, the viewers, laugh, because we know that Dwight’s adaptation is a...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Prays ‘In Jesus Name’ and Then Some (Oh The Humanity!)

    01/21/2009 4:22:10 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 17 replies · 1,507+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/20/09 | Lauren Green "Religon Correspondent"
    Pastor Rick Warren’s invocation was probably the most Christian prayer delivered in recent inaugural history. Not only did he pray in Jesus name, but he then recited “The Lord’s Prayer”, the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. The one thing this certainly shows is that Pastor Warren does not shrink from conflict or controversy. He had been blasted by liberals over his rejection of gay marriage and support for California’s Proposition 8. And President Barack Obama was heavily criticized for asking Warren to give the invocation. Pastor Warren declined all interviews before the inauguration saying there were too many requests...
  • A Christian Clergyman ‘Horrified’ by ‘Aggressively Christian’ Prayers?

    01/19/2009 7:34:53 PM PST · by pillut48 · 31 replies · 898+ views
    FOX News Religion Correspondent ^ | January 18th, 2009 1:00 AM Eastern | Lauren Green
    The inauguration invocation is the high profile event for a member of the clergy. It’s only been around since 1937, but it’s grounded in a rich, religious history that’s helped shaped this country. At President-elect Barak Obama’s inauguration, Pastor Rick Warren will have the honors. Pastor Warren is the senior minister of Saddleback Church in Southern California and the uber-bestselling author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” Liberals objected to Warren because of his conservative views, specifically his support of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California. What some see as a move to placate the gay...
  • The inauguration of Barack Obama will be a secular hajj for America's collective redemption

    01/19/2009 1:24:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 812+ views
    Buzzle ^ | January 16, 2009 | Ali Eteraz
    Barack Obama's inauguration promises to be one of the most important civic events in American history. Millions will make their way to the National Mall. More than 10,000 buses will be chartered. At a website called Inauguration or Bust, people anywhere in the country can find locals to travel with. At the site, the contingent from Savannah, Georgia, refers to its trip as a "pilgrimage". That word, most often associated with religious fervor, is appropriate here. The inauguration buzz is reminiscent of the excitement I have encountered in Muslim countries in the days preceding the hajj. The theological comparison isn't...
  • Barack Obama, Rick Warren joining forces again for the greater good

    01/18/2009 8:13:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies · 958+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 1/18/2009 | Elizabeth Hovde
    Inauguration Day is almost here, and many people are anxiously awaiting the moment Rick Warren takes the stage to pray for our new leader and the country. I am crossing my fingers for a gracious response to Warren. He's that evangelical guy the president-elect asked to give the inaugural invocation. (Warren also happens to be a crusader against the AIDS epidemic, a thoughtful thinker on current issues and a man who has consistently shared his own platform with people who oppose him ideologically, including Barack Obama.) After Warren was invited, Obama took some heat. His first heat, really. (Ronald Reagan...
  • Huge police presence at Saddleback Church today

    01/18/2009 1:54:54 PM PST · by SoCal Pubbie · 58 replies · 2,032+ views
    Self | 1/18/2009 | Self
    I don't often post vanities but since this is an eyewitness account I thought I'd go ahead. On my way to In-N-Out in Foothill Ranch a little while ago I noticed a HUGE police presence at Saddleback Church today. One or two squad cars at each entrance, more cars patrolling Portola Parkway and El Toro Road, a mobile command post, equestrian units, and a dozen or more motorcycle units. I'd say at least 20 to 30 police in all. Maybe more as I was not on the campus itself and there may have been others closer to the services. There...
  • Warren Applauds Obama's Invitation to Gay Bishop

    01/16/2009 9:10:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 856+ views
    ChristianityToday ^ | January 13, 2009
    <p>January 13, 2009 Warren Applauds Obama's Invitation to Gay Bishop Sarah Pulliam Rick Warren complimented Barack Obama's invitation to openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to pray at the inaugural kick off event on Sunday.</p> <p>“President-elect Obama has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground,"</p>
  • Saddleback Pastor Offers Spiritual Refuge for Displaced Anglicans

    01/14/2009 8:15:10 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 35 replies · 608+ views
    virtueonline ^ | January 12, 2009 | David Virtue
    By David W. Virtue www.virtueonline.org 1/12/2009 In September 2008, Saddleback pastor and author Dr. Rick Warren wrote to VOL with a proposition. He would make his church available to any Anglican parish wanting to flee the Episcopal Church because of its non-biblical stand on faith and morals. VOL was delighted to accept the challenge and wrote to Bishop John Guernsey of the Anglican Province of Uganda who oversees some 51 parishes in the U.S. and told him about the offer. Bishop Guernsey wrote back saying he would notify a number of churches that might someday be in need of Saddleback's...