Christian leaders have launched a Twitter campaign to save Said Musa, an Afghan who is awaiting execution for converting to Christianity from Islam.
Musa, 45, was told by a judge that he would be hanged within days unless he reconverts to Islam, the Daily Mail reported Feb. 7.
The Twitter buzz started with Denny Burk's appeal Saturday to President Obama "to persuade the Afghan govt. not to execute our brother Said Musa." Burk is the Dean of Boyce College at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. more >>
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren will speak to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Egypt and peace in a globalized economy next month at Saddleback Church.
Blair is "very excited" about being a guest lecturer at the seventh Saddleback Civil Forum to be held March 6, said the California megachurch pastor on Sunday.
"We're going to take five letters of the Global PEACE Plan and the five global giants and talk about spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic diseases, and illiteracy and education. These are the five problems the PEACE Plan is designed to [address]," Warren told his congregation. more >>
Rick Warren pledges to lose 90 pounds during a 52-week church fitness plan, developed by Dr. Oz and two other medical experts, that will launch on Saturday at Saddleback Church.
The Daniel Plan, based on the prophet Daniel who chose healthy eating instead of the king's rich foods, is a yearlong, churchwide program to help the Saddleback parishoners get physically healthier.
"The Bible says that God wants you to be as healthy physically as you are spiritually," said Warren in a video announcing the event. "The plan will help you feel better, look better, have more energy, get in shape, and use your body the way God wants you to." more >>
Saddleback Church launched five new campuses over the Christmas weekend as part of its 10-year expansion and spiritual growth campaign.
Led by Pastor Rick Warren, the megachurch now has a total of 10 campuses throughout Southern California as well as an Internet campus.
The Christmas Eve launches are just a preview of what is to come over the next decade – which has been labeled "Decade of Destiny" at Saddleback. After 30 years of growth to some 22,000 weekly attendees and outreach on an international level, Warren anticipates the next 10 years to be "the greatest decade yet." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren was named this week as one of Forbes' top 20 most influential Twitter celebrities.
The only other religious figure on the list was the Dalai Lama.
"All glory belongs to God," the Southern California pastor said in a statement Thursday. "For 30 years we’ve always tried to use every means available to help as many as possible, and share the transforming message of the Gospel." more >>
The magnitude of the HIV/AIDS pandemic weighs heavily on her daily and threatens to take her down, said Kay Warren in a special World AIDS Day webcast Wednesday.
She has not been the same since that fateful day seven years ago when she read that 12 million children were orphaned in Africa due to AIDS. At first she was paralyzed by the figure, but became mobilized when she realized that one day she will have to face God and give an answer as to what she did after learning about the pandemic.
“I just knew that Kay Warren, Christian, had to say yes to God,” said Warren, executive director of the HIV/AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church in Southern California, during the church’s special webcast. “From there I began to learn and study. God just broke my heart. He just wiped me out. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t cry over what I’ve learned and what I’ve seen.” more >>