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The John Piper doctrinal interview
My friend, John Stott, significantly shaped my ministry
Does Rick Warren endorse ‘Chrislam’?
Rick Warren Biography
Rick Warren in southern Africa

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The John Piper doctrinal interview

On 1st May 2011, respected author and speaker John Piper sat down with Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church. Piper quizzed Warren on the doctrine surrounding his book, “Purpose Driven Life.” Piper presents Warren with direct and relevant questions about his influences, why he wrote the book, and how he defends the declarations he makes. Watch as Piper and Pastor Rick discuss topics such as the glory of God, whether negative life circumstances are caused by God, and more. This informative and inspiring interview gives deeper insight in to the author and pastor.John Piper interviews Rick Warren on the doctrine surrounding his book, “Purpose Driven Life.” Click here for the article, links to viewing the interview on Youtube, listening on SoundCloud or to download the full transcript.

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My friend, John Stott, significantly shaped my ministry

There is no doubt that “Uncle John” has had a tremendous influence on my own life and ministry. He was one of my closest mentors and recently I flew to the UK just to pray for him and sit by his bed. Click here for the article.

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Does Rick Warren endorse ‘Chrislam’?

by Geoff Surratt. If you tend to believe everything you read on the internet, often forward “shocking” emails or take anything you “see for yourself on YouTube” as truth, then this post will do nothing to dissuade you from believing that Pastor Rick Warren espouses “chrislam”. On the other hand, if you tend to research rumors before you pass them on or try to find the truth about people before attacking them on the internet this post might help. Click here for the article.

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Rick Warren Biography
(from About.com Christianity)

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, a Christian community that he and his wife began in their home in 1980, with just one other family. Today Saddleback is one of the most prominent churches in America with more than 20,000 members attending four campuses each week, reaching out through some 200 ministries. The well-known evangelical Christian leader rose to worldwide fame after publishing his wildly popular book, The Purpose Driven Life, in 2002. To date, the title has sold more than 30 million copies, making it the top selling hardcover book of all time.

Date of Birth:

January 28, 1954.

Family & Home:

Rick Warren was born in San Jose, California and raised as a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid. Along with Billy Graham, he considers his late father to be one of the most important role models in his life. Also interesting to note, his great-grandfather and father-in-law were pastors as well. Rick has been married to his wife Kay (Elizabeth K. Warren) for more than 30 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren and currently make their home in Orange County, California.

Education & Ministry:

Warren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University and earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

After completing seminary, Rick and Kay felt called to start a fellowship to reach people who didn’t attend church. Joined by one other family, they began a small Bible study in their home in Saddleback Valley. The group quickly grew, and by Easter of 1980, they welcomed 205 mostly unchurched people to their first public service. Saddleback Valley Community Church was born, launching the Warrens and their community of new believers on an unprecedented journey of growth and faith.

Today the church reports “one in nine people in the area call Saddleback their church home.” Keeping ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, Saddleback does not identify itself as a Baptist church. Getting people connected is one of the main missions of the church, boasting “something for everyone” in their ministries.

Developed at Saddleback, Celebrate Recovery is now a widely known Christian ministry for people struggling with addictive behaviors. Based on eight principles found in the Beatitudes, this faith-centered approach to recovery has been implemented in churches across the U.S. and internationally.

Besides building a megachurch ministry, Warren has established the Purpose Driven Church Network, a massive global effort to train pastors in theology and practical ministry and establish purpose driven churches around the world. He has also created a website called Pastors.com to provide online sermons, tools, a newsletter, a forum community, and many other practical resources for pastors and ministry leaders.

Not afraid to think big, Rick and his wife have pursued global missions with a unique approach called The Peace Plan. Their solution involves mobilizing Christians around the world through outreaches to attack “the five global giants” of “extreme poverty, disease, spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, and illiteracy.” The efforts include “promoting reconciliation, equipping servant leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick, and educating the next generation.”

Speaking about his “purpose driven” success, in 2005 Warren told U.S. News and World Report, “It brought in a ton of money. The first thing we decided was that we wouldn’t let it change our lifestyle one bit.” Even after achieving notoriety and great prosperity, Warren and his family continued to live in the same home and drive the same vehicle. He said, “Next, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Then I added up all the church had paid me in the previous 25 years and I gave it back.” Living on only 10% of their income, he and his wife began to give away the rest in a type of “reverse tithing” principle.

Demonstrating a model of integrity among Christian leaders, Rick Warren has managed to live out his convictions and stay committed to his family over the long haul of his life in ministry. Remaining humble and down-to-earth in the face of great success has earned him the respect of religious leaders and world leaders alike.

Author:

In addiction to The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren has written several popular Christian books which have been translated into some 50 languages. These include: The Purpose Driven Church (1995), Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions (1999), The Purpose Driven Life (2002), What on Earth Am I Here For? (2004), God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions (2006), God’s Power To Change Your Life (2006), Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods (2006), The Purpose of Christmas (2008).

Rick Warren in southern Africa

The resources and church campaigns of Rick Warren and Purpose Driven Ministries are facilitated in southern Africa by Walk Thru the Bible. To go directly to the Purpose Driven section, click here, or go to www.pdmsa.org.