Happy Independence Day, to my fellow Americans. Here’s a quick, Don’t Miss List for you.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Kevin DeYoung (via TGC)
DeYoung remains one of my favorite writers. This timely piece about the “self-evident” truths which the U.S. was founded upon, and the declaration that rights are endowed by God, not government is no exception. Continue reading
Today was the first day of Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren’s latest “Purpose Driven Church” conference. It’s been a few years since, he’s held one, but as far as I can tell from the tweets (#PDChurch) it’s all just more of the same he’s peddling.
Here’s the video teaser they made for the conference. I’m grateful to The Berean Examiner for the heads up on this conference. They also took Warren to task for unbiblical statements he made promoting the conference.
Since I had to work and was unwilling to pay the hefty price tag to livestream the event anyway, I had to get by just watching the live tweets today.
Here are just some of the worst and most ironic tweets from the #PDChurch conference I’ve seen today with a few of my thoughts:
Before you check out for the three-day weekend or beach getaway or whatever you’re doing this Memorial Day, here’s a Don’t Miss List. Continue reading
Waking up to this news today made me want to go back to bed. According to The Washington Post and a number of other news outlets, Rick Warren’s book “The Daniel Plan” won Christian book of the year last night.
There is a rampant problem among the Christian church at large today that some might call the “attractional” model of church. More people are probably more familiar with the term “seeker-sensitive.” This is also a philosophical tenet of the Church Growth Movement which you can learn more about in my post from a couple days ago.
Too many churches and church leaders think if they make church more appealing to non-Christians they’ll attend and eventually be converted.
This is s driving philosophy of nationally known pastors like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and Andy Stanley and their respective mega-churches. Stanley’s writings and interviews have made it clear he thinks the church should be for the “unchurched.” He’s even claimed pastors are no longer supposed to be shepherds of their congregations. And Warren speaks freely about the fact that he set out to build a church for “Saddleback Sam,” actually polling people to find out what they wanted in a church. Continue reading
How to Discern Between Biblical Meditation and the Unbiblical Kind
As new age meditation becomes commonplace in our culture it is imperative that we Christians understand the difference between what the Bible means when it says to meditate on God’s word and eastern and dangerous religious practices that are so popular today. Marsha West tackles meditation and what is biblical at Stand Up for the Truth. Continue reading
It’s been some time since I brought up Rick Warren and the unbiblical nature of his “Purpose Driven” philosophy. But it certainly is unbiblical, and a recent Warren update and sermon review from Chris Rosebrough’s Fighting for the Faith get to the very root of the problem: a faulty premise. Continue reading
You may have already heard about this, but I still think it is an important issue to address. Last week, Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age posted on Facebook, about this “Daily Hope” from Rick Warren. In it he distorts the meaning of Psalm 46:10, a frequently abused verse. Continue reading
Last week Sola Sisters wrote a brief piece explaining “Why We Contend.” They shared that they have lost friends because of their willingness to expose false teaching, but their concern for the truth as well as their friends and their friends’ children is why they keep at it. Continue reading
Erin Benziger over at Do Not Be Surprised noted that popular mega-church pastor Mark Driscoll’s Resurgence conference will be welcoming Mr. Purpose Driven himself this year. Continue reading