Category: Rick Warren

Pastor Rick Warren Recovering After Gardening Accident

“Purpose Driven Life” author and celebrity Pastor Rick Warren was briefly hospitalized with an eye-injury suffered in a home gardening accident in southern California, a Saddle Back church official said Thursday.

While tending to two firestick plants in his yard Monday, milky resin from the plant got into Warren’s eyes when he wiped his brow, church spokesman Larry Ross said. “He experienced excruciating pain — on a scale of one to 10 it was a 12,” Ross said.

On Thursday Warren thanked his followers on Twitter for their prayers. “May God use this pain for His Glory,” Warren tweeted. He tweeted that protective contacts had been placed on his corneas as bandages to help them heal. “I am NOT blind,” he tweeted.

For inauguration prayer, Obama splits ticket; controversy erupts over inclusion of Rick Warren

Rick Warren The clergy chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to pray at his inauguration fill separate symbolic roles: One is a nod to the civil rights activists who made Obama’s election possible. The other is an overture to conservative Christians who rankles some Obama supporters.

The Rev. Rick Warren, who will give the invocation, is the most influential pastor in the United States, and a choice that has already caused problems for Obama.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, 87, is considered the dean of the civil rights movement. For the benediction at the Jan. 20 swearing-in, he says he will pray that the “spirit of fellowship and oneness” at the inauguration endures throughout Obama’s presidency.

Rick Warren and Purpose-Driven Strife

Rick Warren’s “outside in” approach to church growth is now causing rumblings. This past fall, The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “‘Purpose driven’ methods divide: Some evangelicals object to ‘Madison Avenue’ marketing of churches that follow author’s advice.” In North Wilkesboro, N.C., one church exemplifies this schism.

Rick Warren’s second reformation

Rick Warren’s Christmas broadcast may be a recognition of who he increasingly is: the country boy-turned-political kingmaker, the Southern Baptist pastor who hopes to lead an ecumenical reformation of the Christian church, the master communicator whose gnostic style has stripped Christianity of its mystery but also of its difficulty, attracting in the process a new generation of worshippers.

Message From A Megachurch

When Rick Warren, one of the nation’s most popular evangelical pastors, faced down right-wing pressure and invited Sen. Barack Obama to speak at a gathering at his Saddleback Valley Community Church about the AIDS crisis, he sent a signal: A significant group of theologically conservative Christians no longer wants to be treated as a cog in the Republican political machine.