The "family of God" will outlast everything known in the modern day world, such as Microsoft, Hollywood and even the United States, says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren.
"A thousand years from today, if there's still earth here, there won't be a Microsoft. There won't be a Hollywood a thousand years from today. There won't be a United States of America, because no earthly kingdom lasts forever. There won't be all of the things we think are so great," Warren wrote in his Daily Devotional Friday morning.
The best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life added: "But there will still be the family of God. God's people last. It's the only thing that's going to last. … I make no apology in saying to you that maybe joining a spiritual family will be the most significant thing you do with your life." more >>
Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
People's God-given gifts are meant to be shared with those around them, Pastor Rick Warren says.
The senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Daily Devotional on Thursday that the purpose of gifts is to share them, pointing to 1 Peter 4:10 which reads: "God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
The megachurch pastor goes on to say that when Christians use their talents to help others, they are glorifying God. more >>
A mainline church has adopted a resolution to officially apologize for having once been complicit in spreading Christianity.
All Faiths Episcopal Church unanimously approved the petition, titled "We're Sorry We Ever Told You About Jesus" resolution.
The apology centers on the many awful things the Church has done by advancing Christianity and how said advancements continue to negatively impact the broader community. more >>
To show God's love to others, Christians must offer their acceptance, not necessarily their approval, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his Daily Devotional on Wednesday that God calls on believers to accept people from all walks of life, but that does not mean he wants people to approve of everyone's actions.
"Do you understand the difference between acceptance and approval? You can accept someone without approving of everything that person does," Warren adds. more >>
The United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child claims in a report that the U.K. might be violating the rights of children in publicly funded schools by requiring them to take part in daily religious worship "of a broadly Christian character."
In a report released on June 3 by the 18-person committee of "independent experts" of "high moral character" from countries such as Russia and Egypt, according to The Telegraph, called on ministers to repeal a law requiring a daily act of Christian worship at schools because it might contradict a child's "freedom of thought, conscience and religion."
According to report, titled "Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools: An Evaluation of Law and Policy in the UK," the vast majority of schools in the U.K. are required by law to organize acts of collective worship (England, Northern Ireland, Wales) or religious observance (Scotland) for their students. more >>