Mike Huckabee is a former Arkansas governor, former Republican presidential candidate and host of a Fox News talk show. He is also a pro-life advocate and host of the new documentary, “The Gift of Life.” The film was unveiled in Iowa on Dec. 14, and has received rave reviews from social conservatives, pro-life groups and presidential candidates. Huckabee shared the message behind the film as well as his view on the Personhood Amendment and the 2012 presidential race in an interview with The Christian Post.
CP: How did you learn about this project and what led you to be a part of it?
Huckabee: Well, for me the pro-life issue has been something I’ve been very passionate about since the 70s, and I have been very involved in the pro-life community since long before politics. As I’ve often said, I didn’t become pro-life because of politics. I got into politics largely because my pro-life positions led me to believe there is not enough being said and done about it. Before I ever ran for office, I was involved in an initiative to bring a constitutional amendment in Arkansas to define life at the beginning of its conception, which was eventually passed after several attempts. more >>
Well-known for starting Bible study campaigns that often become staples for churches around the world, Pastor Rick Warren announced that Saddleback Church in Orange County will begin a "40 Days in the Word" study next month to tackle biblical illiteracy.
Warren, whose bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life was a accompanied by a “40 Days of Purpose” study for small groups, said in a video introducing the new campaign that he has three goals for “our entire church family.”
“First, I want you to learn to love the Word more than anything else in your life, that you love it like you’ve never loved it before. Then, learn the Word in a way that you’ve never learned it before. And I want you to live the word like you’ve never lived it before,” said Warren in the short video on the church’s website. more >>
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, spent an hour on Wednesday addressing pastors in his year-end webcast, in which he shared both what he learned in 2011 and the vision he has for his ministry in 2012.
Warren opened the webcast by sharing leadership lessons he learned in 2011. The lesson he elaborated on the most was, “New growth happens on the newest branches ... not on the trunk.”
He explained that one of the reasons Saddleback went through 25 years of uninterrupted growth was because he waited 15 years after the church was founded before building the church's permanent location. By waiting to settle down he was able to keep a “pioneer spirit” within his own people which helped them in their growth. more >>
Prompted by the nation’s economic recession reflected in its own backyard, Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., opened a center with free community services aimed at providing Orange County residents with much needed relief on Tuesday.
Bestselling author and pastor Rick Warren said that in the process of his church’s food pantry serving more than 72,000 people with free groceries during the last year-and-a-half, staff members discovered that people needed help in several other areas as well. While some financial analysts have been downplaying the severity and length of the nation's economic downturn, Warren believes the country is headed into its fifth year of the "great recession."
Long considered as a fairly affluent county with miles of coastal property and mega-rich land developers such as the Irvine Co., the Saddleback Valley region located in the southern part of the county struggles with an 11 percent unemployment rate and a high number of home foreclosures. more >>
The sprawling parking lots and 3,500-seat worship center at Saddleback Church in Orange County were empty during the five regularly scheduled service times last weekend. Pastor Rick Warren canceled them on purpose.
However, that didn’t mean that the church’s 20,000 members were necessarily avoiding God.
Several weeks ago, Warren asked his members to consider God’s second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Matt. 22:39) and put faith into action by taking at least a half day on Saturday or Sunday (Dec. 10, 11) to perform acts of kindness in the communities across Southern California. more >>
Reaching out to neighbors with acts of kindness was one thing, but finding neighbors to serve was another for Saddleback Church members John and Laura Cipres.
When Pastor Rick Warren of the megachurch in Orange County, Calif., announced a few weeks ago that all worship services during the second weekend in December would be cancelled so that the congregation could participate in volunteer opportunities throughout Southern California, the couple was faced with a bit of a dilemma.
Warren's plan to mobilize its base of 5,000 small study groups, and at least a majority of its 20,000 members sounded good to the Cipreses, but they really didn’t have any neighbors to offer their services to. Their home is located across from a Catholic school parking lot and next to them live residents of the Catholic school and its community, all busy with their own church activities. more >>