Twenty-five years ago, two mega-churches stood as measuring stick for the church-growth movement. One was an evangelical church, the other a nominal Southern Baptist church. One was located outside Chicago, the other in sunny California. Bill Hybels was pastor of the former and Rick Warren the latter >>>
Few talk about Hybels anymore. But Warren stays in the spotlight. So, Warren's latest celebrity spotlight features his bridge-building project to the Muslim world. And apparently he's gone theologically berserk with syncretistic folly. According to Jim Hinch, journalist with the Orange County Register, Warren stepped outside the circles which make even evangelicals on the left uncomfortable:
The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America's most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God
If Hinch has characterized Warren correctly, perhaps it's time to officially end any left-over love affairs with Saddleback.
Even so, come Lord.
With that, I am...
by Jim Hinch: "Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims"
by Chad Groening: "Rick Warren: Christians, Muslims worship same God"
by Josh Delaney: "A bridge Over Troubled Warren: Rick Says Register Article on Chumminess with Muslims Filled with Multiple 'Errors'" (warning: some of the language in this short piece is both mundane and vulgar)