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  • Obama @ Saddleback Church -Defines Marriage (Flashback!)

    04/07/2014 11:28:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 112 replies
    youtube ^ | Aug 20, 2008 | deltaman099xyz
    At the Saddleback Civil Forum, Barack Obama addressed his definition of marriage. While he said he believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, he also said that he would not support a Constitutional definition of marriage as so. His argument is that marriage has not been defined by the federal government, traditionally. He said that it is up to the states to decide
  • Megachurch pastor Rick Warren slammed for Facebook photo post

    10/08/2013 1:02:42 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Sept. 28 2013 | Herb Scribner
    Megachurch pastor Rick Warren received criticism this week after posting a photo of a Chinese Red Guard on his Facebook page Monday. The photo....showed a smiling worker in uniform for the Cultural Revolution, which was a social-political movement in China from 1966 to 1976. Millions of people died due to the impact of the revolution. Along with the photo, Warren posted the caption, "The typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” “People often miss irony on the Internet. It’s a joke people! If you take this seriously, you really shouldn’t be following me!” Warren posted as...
  • Watch Duck Commander talk about why this country needs a lot more Jesus

    09/20/2013 9:58:50 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 40 replies
    Duck Commander Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty spoke to the congregation of Saddleback church in July on why people need Jesus and why the founders would agree – and I gotta say it was awesome. I watched it last night and knew I had to post it for you guys. Duck Commander’s message is really simple, that people need to love God and love each other and he delivers it beautifully. He really is a fantastic preacher. Just watch, you’ll love it:
  • 'Duck Dynasty' Stars to Visit Saddleback Church to Talk About Being Disciples of Jesus

    07/11/2013 4:51:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 11, 2013 | Jessica Martinez ,
    Phil and Alan Robertson from the hit reality-series "Duck Dynasty," will be at Saddleback Church on July 20 and 21 to discuss how following Jesus has changed their lives as part of the megachurch's "Follow Me" series. The sermon series has brought influential American preachers and leaders to the Southern California church to share their experiences as disciples of Jesus Christ. The Robertsons' message to the church will align with the topic of following God and will feature their take on being a believer.
  • Greg Laurie Fills In for Rick Warren at Saddleback Church; Says America Needs to Turn Back to God

    04/22/2013 11:17:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/22/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Evangelist Greg Laurie filled in for Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren during worship services over the weekend and is the first of a string of well-known Christian leaders scheduled to speak from the pulpit while Warren continues to grieve his son's passing. The list of pastors planned includes Francis Chan, Mark Driscoll, Pete Wilson, David Platt, Craig Groeschel, Wilfredo De Jesús, and Doug Fields. During the sermon series featuring the pastors, they are scheduled to answer the question, "What Does it Mean to Follow Jesus?" Chan, an author and popular speaker at Christian conferences, is planned...
  • Rick Warren’s Son Commits Suicide

    04/06/2013 2:20:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 259 replies
    charismannews ^ | Jennifer LeClaire
    ick Warren’s son has taken his own life. Matthew Warren, 27, had struggled with mental illness before his death. Evangelist Greg Laurie posted an e-mail the Saddleback Church pastor sent to this staff: “Only those closest knew that he (Matthew) struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.” Click here to read...
  • Saddleback Church Says Rick Warren’s Son Has Committed Suicide

    04/06/2013 1:57:54 PM PDT · by Last of the Mohicans · 53 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | April 6, 2013 | CBSLA.COM
    LAKE FOREST (CBSLA.com) — Pastor Rick and Kay Warren’s youngest son, Matthew, has committed suicide, Saddleback Valley Community Church announced Saturday. The evangelical megachurch announced the death of the 27-year-old in a statement. Described as “an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many,” the statement said Matthew suffered from mental illness that resulted in deep depression and suicidal thoughts. He died Friday night.
  • Hollywood Christian Couple Brings “The Bible” to TV

    03/03/2013 11:17:34 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 27 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 3, 2013 | JP
    My wife and I enjoyed a special blessing yesterday. We sat in the front row at Saddleback Church in SoCal where Pastor Rick Warren played host to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, husband and wife producers of the new ten-part miniseries, “The Bible,” which premiers tonight on the History Channel. Mark has brought such well-known reality shows to television as “Survivor,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Voice,” “The Job” and “Shark Tank.” Roma is best known for her role as Monica, on the popular television series “Touched by an Angel.” Many, I imagine, had an inkling that Roma might be a Christian....
  • Rick Warren explains the problem in calling Romney a ‘Christian’

    04/08/2012 12:02:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2012 | Jeff Poor
    Much has been made about Mormonism, now that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks to be on his way to the Republican presidential nomination. But should he win the general election in November, would it be accurate to say that Romney is a Christian president? On Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC, fill-in host Jake Tapper posed the question of Romney’s religion to Rick Warren, the pastor of the California mega-church, Saddleback Church. “Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican nominee and if that happens, which it looks like it will, he’ll be the first member of Church of Jesus...
  • 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...
  • Saddleback Church's (Rick Warren) Fitness Program Gets 1,200 People Running

    06/22/2011 4:15:46 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 13 Jun 2011 | Jennifer Riley
    Saddleback Church’s first-ever Daniel Plan Fun Walk & Run got more than 1,200 people to put on their running shoes this past Saturday. Adult participants were able to select walking or running in a 10K or 5K, while children had their own Fun Run event, according to the Orange County Register. As promised, Austin Andrews of the reality show “Biggest Loser” joined the Daniel Plan Fun Walk & Run. He took part in the 5K and then presented awards to church members who lost the most weight and to those who won the different races.The event is part of Saddleback’s...
  • Dr. Amen, Rick Warren's Weight Loss Doctor, Pushes Meditation and Tantric Sex

    01/26/2011 3:30:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | Jan. 25, 2011 | Steve McConkey
    Rick Warren kicked off his weight loss Daniel Plan on January 15. He plans to lose 90 pounds in 2011. Three doctors helped him kick off the program. One of the doctors was Dr. Daniel Amen. Dr. Daniel Amen promotes false meditation and tantric sex. (In our first news release, "Rick Warren Teams up with Swedenborg Cult Follower Dr. Oz, [Seen on FR here]" we mistakenly said he promoted Reiki. That was an editing error.) From Dr. Amen's blog, he said, "My favorite form of meditation is called Kirtan Kriya...I'm going to shut my door and meditate. If you want...
  • 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,...
  • Face to faith .. transcendence not on the menu

    01/25/2010 11:59:29 AM PST · by Lee N. Field · 6 replies · 484+ views
    Guardian ^ | 22 January 2010 | H E Baber
    Last Sunday we drove up to Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Orange County, a collection of affluent, politically conservative suburbs south of LA. The model of a modern megachurch, Saddleback boasts over 112,000 "unchurched occasional attenders" as ...
  • Calif. Pastor Takes in $2.4M After Donations Plea [That Many Fools in CA?]

    01/02/2010 8:37:35 PM PST · by Steelfish · 85 replies · 2,575+ views
    NYTimes ^ | January 02nd 2010
    Calif. Pastor Takes in $2.4M After Donations Plea THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 2, 2010 LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) -- Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's plea for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch brought in $2.4 million, Warren announced to cheers during a sermon at the church on Saturday. Warren said the amount raised after the appeal was posted online Wednesday included only money parishioners brought in person to Saddleback Church by New Year's Eve. More was arriving by hand and by mail, he said. ''This is pretty amazing,'' Warren told his congregation. ''I don't think...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Asks Faithful For Nearly $1 Million -- And Fast!

    12/31/2009 1:22:01 PM PST · by PilotDave · 30 replies · 1,143+ views
    Radar Online ^ | Dec 31, 2009 | Staff
    "I have thrilling news to share with you below but first some seriously bad news: With 10% of our church family out of work due to the recession, our expenses in caring for our community in 2009 rose dramatically while our income stagnated. Still, with wise management, we've stayed close to our budget all year. Then... this last weekend the bottom dropped out. "On the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive - leaving us $900,000 in the red for the year, unless you help make up the difference today and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rick Warren Biography Uncovers Rocky Marriage, Depression (Unauthorized Biography)

    12/06/2009 9:02:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1,033+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/4/2009 | Michelle Vu
    A new unauthorized biography of "America's pastor" Rick Warren uncovers a marriage with an unconventional beginning and a time of depression that later gave Warren the strength to become who he is today. Jeffery L. Sheler, religion correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, delves into the world of Warren in his latest book, Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren. The book portrays the affable yet confident megachurch pastor who calls presidents and billionaires his friends in a much more vulnerable light. In a live Web discussion with Christianity Today editor-in-chief David Neff on Wednesday, Sheler talked about...
  • Obama's 2 Faces: From Saddleback To Brokeback

    10/15/2009 12:43:29 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 11 replies · 938+ views
    Youtube ^ | October 14, 2009
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  • [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...
  • "Easter with Rick Warren" on Fox News Channel

    04/11/2009 6:27:47 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 26 replies · 2,002+ views
    Short video ad on Fox home page: "Easter w/Rick Warren Sat 9pm & Sun 6am/1p ET A special service from Saddleback Church! as millions celebrate on holiest of days A Fox Special Presentation Easter w/Rick Warren A message of hope, peace, unity Easter w/Rick Warren Sat 9pm & Sun 6am/1p ET"
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Orange County Chapter of Saddleback Valley Conservatives and Freepers meeting on Wednesday

    01/05/2009 8:11:50 PM PST · by CaliFReeper1 · 14 replies · 702+ views
    OC FReepers, please join me and other conservatives on Wednesday evening for our regular grassroots town hall meeting of the Saddleback Valley Conservatives. Guest speaker is Capistrano Unified School Board member Anna Bryson. Come ready with your questions and feel free to bring all your conservative friends. WHEN: Wednesday, Jan 7th, 6:00-7:30PM WHERE: Rancho Santa Margarita Ford dealership, 30031 Santa Margarita Parkway, zip code 92688. Take Alicia Parkway east all the way to RSM, turn right on Santa Margarita Parkway and head down about a mile. RSM ford is on your left. Also I will be discussing various technology related...
  • Rick Warren is no Billy Graham

    01/05/2009 4:54:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies · 1,393+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2009 | Star Parker
    Last August I wrote a column critical of Rick Warren's decision to host a presidential candidate forum at his Saddleback Church. My reasoning then was that America's crisis is moral ambiguity. I argued that Pastor Warren would only contribute to this ambiguity by hosting candidates with opposing views on issues such as abortion and homosexuality and presenting himself as a neutral moderator. Only Barack Obama would gain, I felt, being showcased as an acceptable candidate by one of the nation's best known evangelical pastors. If John McCain had wanted to clarify his social conservative credentials, he didn't need to go...
  • Saddleback Church: It’s Up to Obama to Decide Whether to Review Warren's Inaugural Prayer

    12/24/2008 1:04:01 PM PST · by gscc · 18 replies · 791+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 23, 2008 | Matt Hadro
    It will be up to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team whether Pastor Rick Warren’s prayer at the inauguration is vetted in advance, a spokeswoman for Warren’s Saddleback Church tells CNSNews.com. The spokeswoman would not say whether Warren would object to having his prayer reviewed or edited in advance by Obama.
  • Rick Warren Reaches Out to A Holy Land Foundation Co-Conspirator

    When Pastor Rick Warren’s “Global Peace Coalition” presented President Bush with the International Medal of Peace recently, one of the groups invited to attend the ceremony was the Islamic Society of North America—one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding trial: ISNA ATTENDS SADDLEBACK CHURCH CIVIL FORUM ON GLOBAL HEALTH. This event took place after the convictions of the Holy Land Foundation defendants.
  • Debra J. Saunders: Free the Saddleback One

    12/22/2008 9:18:43 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 1,008+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2008 | Debra J. Saunders
    Gay civil rights groups -- the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force -- are calling on President-elect Barack Obama to yank his invitation to Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural prayer on Jan. 20. They demand tolerance from others, but won't spare any for those with whom they disagree. Unless of course, that person is Obama, who, like Warren, opposes same-sex marriage. Then they get real ecumenical. Not to mention, very forgetful.
  • What's the Matter With Rick Warren?

    12/20/2008 5:56:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies · 1,712+ views
    The Nation ^ | December 17, 2008 | Sarah Posner
    Now it has officially gone too far: Democrats, in their zeal to appear friendly to evangelical voters, have chosen celebrity preacher and best-selling author Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration. There was no doubt that Obama, like every president before him, would pick a Christian minister to perform this sacred duty. But Obama had thousands of clergy to choose from, and the choice of Warren is not only a slap in the face to progressive ministers toiling on the front lines of advocacy and service but a bow to the continuing influence of the religious right...
  • Feeling the hate of Prop 8

    12/20/2008 9:38:34 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 69 replies · 3,833+ views
    http://www.renewamerica.us ^ | December 20, 2008 | By Jen Shroder
    The backlash continues to roar in California as gay activists continue to silence opposition while waiting for the Calif. Supreme Court to weigh in on Prop 8. The Mormon Church and Chuck Norris are feeling the heat while Linda Harvey receives threats. A Houston lawyer "who brazenly identified himself," wrote, "You are very much being watched! All you jeebus-lovin-christers rights will slowly be taken away one by one the more you try to press your beliefs down our throats." An elderly woman is swarmed, her cross ripped out of her hand and stomped on while the news anchor, Kris Long,...
  • Editorial: Pastor Rick Warren and President Elect Obama’s Inaugural Invocation

    12/18/2008 4:25:43 PM PST · by tcg · 13 replies · 677+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/19/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    President Barack Obama has selected Rev. Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California to give the invocation at the Inauguration. The reaction to this choice filled every media source, both pro and con, on Thursday. It has been in the news cycle ever since. There is no question that Pastor Warren is a well known figure in the evangelical world. He is also well respected among Catholics, and even more so since his excellent handling of the Saddleback Civil Forum which hosted both major party candidates during the Primary Campaign for the U.S. Presidency...
  • Megachurch pastor Rick Warren will deliver inaugural invocation

    12/17/2008 3:04:56 PM PST · by Callahan · 66 replies · 1,596+ views
    CentreDaily.com ^ | 12/17/08 | Alejandra Molina
    LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Pastor Rick Warren is set to deliver the invocation for President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, Saddleback Church officials confirmed Wednesday. Kristin Cole, a spokeswoman for Warren, said church officials were waiting on Obama's team to make the announcement. Just this past August, Obama and John McCain were guests at the two-hour Saddleback Church Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion where Warren questioned them about issues that ranged from abortion and same-sex marriage to the nature of good and evil.
  • Pro-Life Rick Warren to Give Invocation at Obama Inauguration

    12/17/2008 10:53:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 160 replies · 6,811+ views
    CBNnews ^ | 12/17/08 | David Brody
    Pro-life pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation at President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. It makes a whole lot of sense. Even though Warren and Obama disagree on the life issue, they do see eye to eye on many social justice issues. This move is also classic Obama because it is a signal to religious conservatives that he’s willing to bring in both sides to the faith discussion in this country. Obama has never shied away from that. The benediction will be led by Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. The Civil Rights leader seems to be the perfect pick on such...
  • Inauguration Team for Obama Stirs Prop 8 Fears After Choosing OC Pastor

    12/17/2008 2:05:27 PM PST · by CalifScreaming · 13 replies · 858+ views
    LAist ^ | December 17, 2008
    A largely known Prop 8 proponent has been selected to do President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration invocation on January 20. Rick Warren of Lake Forest's Saddleback Church was chosen by the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which is causing the LGBT community to go a little nutsy on the blogosphere. "As we've pointed out several times before, in 2004 Warren declared that marriage, reproductive choice, and stem cell research were "non-negotiable" issues for Christian voters," wrote a blogger at Right Wing Watch. "[He] has admitted that the main difference between himself and James Dobson is a matter of tone. He criticized...
  • Same-Sex Marriage and the Failure of Justificatory Liberalism [Open]

    12/11/2008 1:24:45 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 411+ views
    First Things ^ | December 10, 2008 | Francis J. Beckwith
    On November 4, 2008, the people of California—in a 52 to 48 percent vote—placed in the state’s constitution an amendment that reaffirmed that marriage consists of one man and one woman. The amendment, Proposition 8, overturned the California Supreme Court’s May 2008 ruling that invalidated a statute that was passed in 2000 in a statewide referendum by a 61 to 39 percent vote. That 2008 opinion held that limiting marriage to one man and one woman, as required in the 2000 statute, violated the equal protection rights of homosexuals under the California constitution. Following the Proposition 8 victory, thousands of...
  • RICK WARREN" "I dare you to try trusting Jesus for 60 days. or your money guaranteed back."

    12/09/2008 7:00:45 AM PST · by Gamecock · 61 replies · 1,376+ views
    CAMPONTHIS ^ | December 04, 2008 | Steven J Camp
    As much as I appreciated what Rick Warren did in his faith presidential forum several months ago, his appearance last evening on one of my favorite programs, Hannity and Colmes, was disappointing. What Pastor Warren responded with to some of host's Allan Colmes simple yet important questions was not the biblical gospel of salvation or even a reasonable defense of the gospel. One of his responses? "Try Jesus...?" As Colmes sarcastically quipped in response: "Like the book of the month club..." Beloved, why can't evangelical leaders just speak the truth in love and give the gospel of the Lord Jesus...
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT BUSH...12/01/08

    12/01/2008 4:12:11 PM PST · by daisyscarlett · 41 replies · 1,212+ views
    yahoo news; whitehouse.gov;daylife.com | Daisyscarlett
    Today is the 20th anniversary of World Aids Day. The President and Mrs. Bush went to the Newseum to participate in the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health chaired by Dr. Rick Warren. Dr. Warren presented President Bush with International Medal of Peace Award. President and Mrs. Bush Participate in Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health The President discussed World Aids day in front of the WH which was adorned with a giant red ribbon. President Bush Discusses World AIDS Day The President’s mother, Mrs. Barbara Bush, is in good condition and recovering from ulcer surgery as expected. Barbara...
  • FORUM ON GLOBAL HEALTH TO HONOR BUSH:President to Receive First International Medal of PEACE

    11/30/2008 4:13:38 PM PST · by XR7 · 6 replies · 593+ views
    rickwarrennews ^ | 11/30/08
    ON WORLD AIDS DAY: President to Receive First ‘International Medal of PEACE’ for Humanitarian Initiatives WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 24, 2008 – Dr. Rick Warren will present President George W. Bush with the first “International Medal of PEACE” from the Global PEACE Coalition in recognition of his unprecedented contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases during the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health, to be held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. At the Forum, Warren will engage both President Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush in candid conversation regarding past accomplishments and priorities...
  • Pastor Rick Warren on the Economy, Election

    11/12/2008 1:26:52 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies · 1,172+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/2008 | Hannity & Colmes
    WARREN: Well, that's the — the answer to getting us out of this economic crisis, no doubt about it, is wealth creation, Sean. We — we tend to go to one of the two extremes. The pendulum goes back and forth. You know, America tends to have an economic crisis about every 20 years. In the 1930s, we decided that markets didn't work and we needed big government. And then in the '70s we decided that government didn't work. We needed free markets. And now we see this trend going back the other way. But the truth is there are...
  • Prop. 8 protests set in Laguna Beach, Lake Forest [Sat. and Sun.]

    11/07/2008 7:54:48 PM PST · by TheDon · 23 replies · 1,260+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | November 7, 2008 | KELLI HART and ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    Though Proposition 8 passed statewide and countywide, some residents are disappointed with the outcome and are expressing their discontent in protests against the Marriage Equality Act this weekend. In Laguna Beach, where residents voted 68 percent against Prop. 8 and 31 percent for the gay marriage ban, opponents are marching in protest of the proposition passing Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ... The march will include a candlelight vigil and starts at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., and continues up to Main Beach. Ed Todeschini, Orange County Federal Club co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign, says that no particular organization is...
  • Rick Warren endorses Prop 8 (California Same Sex Marriage Ban)

    10/24/2008 8:11:49 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 31 replies · 911+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/24/08 | Maggie Gallagher
    In his e-mail to his church members he writes: "For 5,000 years, every culture and every religion - not just Christianity - has defined marriage as a contract between men and women,” Warren wrote. “There is no reason to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2% of our population.” On the Saddleback site there is video of him discussing the issue, here.
  • Rick Warren endorses Prop. 8

    10/24/2008 9:05:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 507+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 10/24/2008 | Fred Jackson
    Pastor Rick Warren is endorsing the effort to protect traditional marriage in California. The well-known Christian author says people in California need to vote "yes" on Proposition 8 because for "5,000 years, every culture and every religion...not just Christianity...has defined marriage as a contract between men and women." And Warren says "there is no need to change the universal, historical defintion of marriage to appease two percent of our population." As Warren puts it: "This is not a political issue -- it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about." He urges people to vote "yes" on Proposition...
  • Obama says he was too flip on abortion issue

    09/13/2008 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 29 replies · 293+ views
    MSNBC/ AP ^ | Sun., Sept. 7, 2008 | AP
    He says question about when a baby is entitled to human rights is ‘tough’