Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren knows he can't please everyone and he's completely fine with that. In a recent sermon, he explained why Christians, including himself, can't be people pleasers because living for God's approval is more important than popularity.
Although the "desire to get approval from other people is not a bad thing, like all of God's gifts, what is a legitimate need in your life can be misused," said Warren, during last weekend's sermon, "You Can't Please Everyone," at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.
"One day I will have to give an account of my life to God and that is an antidote (for everyone) for people-pleasing," he said. "You will find yourself in a situation where you have to ask, 'Am I going to please God or am I going to please this person?'" more >>
Despite the fact that millions of Christian men are members of local churches, many are looking outside the Christian community for their purpose in life, says the founder of Every Man Ministries and the men's pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.
"It's time for the church to address that 800-pound gorilla in the room," said Pastor Kenny Luck, who wrote the book Sleeping Giant – No Move of God Without Men of God in order to help point churches and men towards a more Christ-centered direction.
"There's 2.1 billion Christians in the world, over three quarters of them being Christian men, but where are they? The majority of them are finding significance outside the church. They are not finding their purpose or significance inside the church," Luck told The Christian Post. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren has teamed up with his book publisher and a crowd-sourced graphic design company to create a new cover for his bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. The 10th anniversary edition will also have a rearranged title in hopes of attracting readers from the millennial generation, says the book publishing company Zondervan.
The cover for What on Earth Am I Here For? The Purpose Driven Life features a tree, but unlike the original life-like, two-toned design, it has brightly colored leaves on a white background.
"Some of the titles that appealed to us most were the ones where the title and the subtitle seemed to kind of be a dialogue, a question and answer," Zondervan marketing executive Rich Tatum told The Christian Post. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren was recently invited by world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao to interview him about his increasingly vocal faith in God. It was during that discussion last week that Warren learned Pacquiao was a "Bible-quoting maniac."
A video of the taped interview was shown during worship services at Saddleback Church this past weekend. Warren introduced the video by saying Pacquiao was the "world's greatest boxer. The only guy to win the world championship in eight different weight categories."
"Manny started out as a young man in a very poor family of six and his mom couldn't take care of him so she kicked him out at 14 and he lived on the streets of Manila. That's where he learned to fight," Warren told his congregation attending Saddleback's main church campus in Lake Forest, Calif., and an online audience. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Extreme-survivor expert and "Man vs. Wild" star Bear Grylls made a special appearance at Saddleback Church Saturday – at one point receiving some audience participation from the church's pastor, Rick Warren.
"What's the worst thing you've eaten?" asked Grylls' assistant host, Jamie Haith, at the free event promoted primarily by the church's men's ministry, but open to everyone.
"It's a long list," Grylls responded. "They all blend into a bad experience." However, one meal topped the list: raw goat testicles offered to him by a Saharan tribesman – a symbol of honor that Grylls could not refuse. more >>
A prominent evangelical's recent blog headline – "Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism?" – has irked Pastor Rick Warren, who is calling for an apology for the "sensational" title.
Warren, founder of Saddleback Church, sent a tweet to Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on Tuesday, saying: "A TITLE questioning1000s of churches' orthodoxy due to size is unChristlike.U need to apologize to pastors Al."
In a blog post Tuesday, Mohler described the emergence and growth of the megachurch (which draw at least 2,000 in attendance) and acknowledged that they have "helped to anchor conservative Christianity" in the United States. more >>