Rick Warren

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Rick Warren Appears on CNN to Reaffirm that He's a Homo-Hater

    Rick Warren is making the media rounds to promote a book on how to lose weight inspired by his Daniel Plan, the diet initiative that had half of South County laying off that last margarita in Javier's because the Bible tells you so. That meant he got a hour to himself on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Rick Warren's Social Media Posts Have Some Seeing Red Even After Pastor's Apology

    Rick Warren may have figured all's well that ends well after he apologized and removed a tweet and Facebook post that prominently featured an image of an energetic young Red Army woman, but many say Saddleback Church's Purpose-Driven pastor did not go far enough.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Rick Warren Cancels Obama-Romney Civil Forum at Saddleback Due to Lack of Civility

    Well, we won't have Rick Warren's presidential Civil Forum to kick around anymore.Or, at least not this election cycle as Saddleback Church's Purpose-Driven pastor cancelled a follow-up to the 2008 Barack Obama-John McCain Civil Forum because the campaigns of The Chosen One and The Stiffly One are b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    [UPDATED with Rick's Response!] Rick Warren to Staff: Don't Follow Assholes on Twitter

    See update at the end of this post.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 20, 3:29 P.M.: We can add new meaning to the acronym NSFW: Not Safe for Warren. Apparently, Rick Warren on Tuesday emailed staff at Saddleback Church with a directive to unfollow anyone on Twitter who is anti-Christian or anti-Saddleback. "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Festival News and Notes

    Random notes, observations and stuff plucked off the cutting room floor from the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday night.The hierarchy of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is the main antagonist in Macky Alston's excellent documentary Love Free or Die, which is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Why Does Rick Warren Need to Defend His Interfaith Efforts with Muslims?

    ​It's called interfaith: different religious groups converging to recognize their common values and bridge the gap of misunderstandings, usually accompanied by tea and cookies.But some groups have a difficult time doing it, unlike Saddleback Church, which is possibly the only evangelical gathering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    A Bridge Over Troubled Warren: Rick Says Register Article on Chumminess With Muslims Filled With 'Multiple Errors'

    ​An Orange County Register article chronicling Rev. Rick Warren's efforts to broker a peace between evangelical Christians and Muslims attracted the typical knee-jerk rebukes from those saints who see Old Scratch behind any talk of loving their enemies and other liberal shit Jesus preached. But Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Rick Warren and Rick Santorum: Once Married?

    ​Whoa! It looked for a second like Rick Warren had come out of the closet--and brought out Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum with him. He tweeted Sunday: "Mrs #RickSantorum once gave me her ticket to State of the Union.She stayed with kids.So we went as Rick&Rick!" That wack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Rick and Kay Warren Bitch-Slap Prominent Christian Commentator about AIDS

    ​It's rare that we ever offer kind words about Saddleback Church's Rick Warren--scratch that, I do believe this is the first time EVER we'll ever offer kind words about Purpose-Driven® Rick. But we praise the good 'round here, and that's exactly what Warren and his wife, Kay, have done in taking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Will Saddleback Church Snap Up Albert Pujols, Christianity's Biggest Free Agent?

    Warren and Pujols: A Murderer's Row for Christ?​Going off what Coker posted yesterday about Christians looking toward new Anaheim Angels slugger Albert Pujols to bring a bunch of Papist Mexis in la naranja toward Christ, the question then becomes: what local church will Pujols sign up for as his n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Rick Warren Tweets and Then Removes Debt-Ceiling Jab

    "I can see the debt ceiling from here."​Saddleback (mega-) Church's pastor Rick Warren's got a loose Twitter finger again, texting and then deleting a jab at those who want to raise the nation's debt ceiling."HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. So they're happy for tax rates to be raised on the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Wake Me When The Invisible War is Over, Pastor Rick

    ​Rick Warren is waging war on Sunday.Recognizing his enemy will be tricky since he'll be fighting "The Invisible War."That must explain the shades.Indeed, if you are a Believer like the Purpose-Driven pastor of Lake Forest's mega- Saddleback Church, you should be girding for war, too.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    OC Anti-Christian Persecution Group Slams North Korea, Islamic Nations

    He's ill.​What's the most dangerous place for Christians to practice their faith?No, it's not San Francisco.Or Miami's South Beach.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    George W. Bush and Pastor Rick Warren, Together Again

    ​George W. Bush is pushing his new book, My Pet Goat . . . er . . . Decision Points. Pastor Rick Warren is pushing Saddleback Church's 6th Civil Forum. In a mysterious cloud of kismet, scrath-one-another's-backsism and divine misunderestimation, the two old pals come together later this month at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2010

    Far-Right Journalists Accuse Rick Warren of Coddling Terrorists

    ​Saddleback Church lead pastor Rick Warren, he of the Purpose-Driven Life®, gets criticism from all sides, but the jibes I find most amusing usually come from the extreme right, both of the political and religious wings, which consider him a liberal heretic. If only! Christianity Today recently c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Lake Forest Public Enemy #1: Plants

    Flickr User burkeshire 1​The last 24 hours have wrought havoc on the Kingdom Plantae, that is, at least in the oh-too-ironically-named town of Lake Forest.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    5 More Plausible, Purpose-Driven Explanations for Pastor Rick Warren Nearly Going Blind

    ​As our man Kevin Short tells you here, Rick Warren, tweeted this week that his eyes "were severely burned by a toxic poison" during a gardening mishap that nearly blinded Saddleback Church's Purpose Driven® pastor.We not only ain't buying this explanation--and by "we" I mean "Spencer Kornhaber, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Rick and Kay Warren Renew Wedding Vows, OC Register Doesn't Notice

    ​Time was that Rick Warren would breathe, and the Orange County Register would devote a 20-part series to it. I kid--a bit. Fact is, as Purpose-Driver® Rick and his Saddleback Church grew into the evangelical powerhouse it is today, the Reg tracked nearly every step, both the initiatives that war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2010

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair Asks Rick Warren to be His Jesus

    Of course I'm exaggerating. But last week, the British newspaper The Observer revealed that the country's former prime minister, Tony Blair, counts Purpose-Driven® Rick on his advisory council for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which the Observer describes as a charity that "promotes cohesion bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Warren Can't Carry Oral Roberts' Holy Jock Strap

    ​From the Associated Press:LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's plea for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch brought in $2.4 million, Warren announced to cheers during a sermon at the church on Saturday.Well, whoop-dee-freakin'-doo!

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Rick Warren Breakfast Quiz Time!

    Wasn't here, although Warren also loves this place...​Saddleback Church's pastor Rick Warren made news over the holidays with his last-minute plea for $900,000 from his parishioners in two days, the most outlandish request for funds by a local pastor since Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Rick Warren Reaps the Anti-Gay Pastors that He Sowed in Uganda

    ​The big story in the international gay community in the past couple of weeks has been a proposed bill in Uganda that would essentially make homosexuality punishable by death. Much heat has been placed on Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, because he had a long-term partnership with one Martin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    The Week in Underwhelming OC Polititweeters

    Alright, we may have to rethink this thing a bit. After a week of watching them on our newfangled list, we're discovering that Orange County politicians/political celebrities, by and large, are pretty bad at Twitter. I mean, look at this missive from Huntington Beach congressman Dana Rohrabacher:​ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Who Besides Dana Rohrabacher Is Calling Us Liars on Twitter?

    ​We try to keep up with the tweets of our elected officials in Orange County, but sometimes we get distracted by Facebook. That's the only plausible explanation for how we missed the above gem from Dana "Mr. Taliban" Rohrabacher (R - Leviticus).This blunder--overlooking prime tweets from OC mover/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Rick Warren Tweet Catches Wonkette's Wary Eye

    ​It's safe to say Wonkette, "the D.C. gossip blog," is no fan of Rick Warren. The Saddleback Church pastor's Twitter page tweet above generated the following response:Here we have the most recent entry from smarmy hippopotamus Rick Warren's Twitter page, the rest of which is SO. GRATING. GAHH. (Ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Rick Warren Likes Farrell's--Does Farrell's Really Want that Endorsement?

    Will Farrell's soon seel a Purpose-Driven Sundae?​Apparently, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour was a pretty big deal in its day, but I wouldn't know--the only ice cream we could afford when I was a kiddie was Otter Pops. But some Orange Countians have been eagerly anticipating its return at the Shops o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Updated: DUI Crackdown In OC's Three Biggest Party Towns Tonight

    ​Watch out, sinning citizens of OC's sinningest towns. The OC Sheriff's Department will be on the streets tonight looking for drunk drivers as part of a federal anti-DUI program that targets "areas that have a high incidence of DUI related arrests and collisions."So, naturally, they're headed for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Navel Gazing: The Avis of Journalistic Blogs in the West

    Dear readers, prepare to withstand some navel gazing about Navel Gazing, the OC Weekly staff news blog: It has won second-place honors from Best of the West, which was founded in 1987 to promote freedom of information and reward journalistic excellence, mainly through its contest for newspapers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Rick Warren is a Big, Fat Coward

    So Purpose Driven® Rick Warren is blaming his no-show on the ABC news program This Week because he sniffed too many fumes at the pulpit? Is this the beginning to a bad Catholic joke? And Warren is still insisting that every culture in human history has defined marriage as between a man and a woman, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Gay Marriage Rally in Front of OC Church Has a Twist This Time

    Ho-hum, supporters of marriage equality are planning a big rally outside yet another Orange County church. Tell it to Rick Warren. Or Ted Haggard. Or Mormony McMormon. Maybe they'll get all fired up by signs stating, "No on Hate--No on Prop 8," "I Want to See My Daddies MARRIED!" and "Jesu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Pastor Rick Finds It Chilly in D.C.

    UPDATED... Following up on Gustavo's thoughts here: CNN pundit Roland Martin (loved his show, Laugh-In) had this to say about Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren: "There were not many people clapping when his name was announced." That was right after another CNN pundit observed that those w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Sign From God? Rick Warren Shouted Down at MLK Service

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that protesters interrupted pastor Rick Warren's speech to a packed house for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta today--one day before the leader of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest is to deliver a controversy ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009

    Tastes Like Progress

    Inauguration Breakfast

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Rick Warren Offers to Save Homo-Hating St. James Anglican Church, But Where's Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr?

    Rick Warren has finally crossed the Rubicon of homo-hating with his invitation to St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach to set up camp at Saddleback Church because the California State Supreme Court recently ruled they can't stay on their Balboa Peninsula property. A quick primer: St. James spl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    When the Going Gets Tough, the Rick Warren Scandal Gets Weird

    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has today's best assessment of the Rick Warren-Barack Obama invocation dust up: "Not only is it getting worse, it's getting weirder."Yesterday, there was Pastor Wiley Drake of First Baptist Church in Buena Park demonizing Warren's participation in the Jan. 20 inauguration of ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Is Rick Warren Outing His Tolerant Self of Just Bluffing?

    UPDATED WITH PASTOR WILEY DRAKE SAYING GOD WILL PUNISH RICK WARREN FOR PARTICIPATING IN OBAMA INAUGURATION (SEE THE VERY END).The choice of Rick Warren as Barack Obama's inaugural invocation giver has apparently so touched the leader of Lake Forest's Saddleback Church that he has become The Most Tol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Has Orange County Christianity Jumped the Shark?

    The country is abuzz with President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Saddleback Church's Rick "Purpose-Driven Life" Warren to offer the invocation at next month's presidential inauguration. Let others debate the merits of the choice--I personally think Warren's beginning to wade into the political wat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Purpose Driven Knife in the Back of Obama's Gay Supporters

    Perhaps for not going so hard on Barack Obama in last summer's Saddleback presidential forum, the Lake Forest mega-church's pastor, Rick Warren (right), will deliver the invocation at the president-elect's swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20, reports CNN. Warren did not make a public endorsement in the rac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    God Punks Rick Warren!

    Saddleback Church head Rick Warren was on Hannity & Colmes last night giving non-answers to whether he supports domestic partnerships instead of gay marriage and continuing his ahistorical analysis of marriage through history. But I could only pay so much attention to the Purpose-Driven Man before I ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Rick Warren Superstar

    Just about everything that can be said has been said about pastor Rick Warren's performance this past weekend with underlings John McCain and Barack Obama. Except this: by getting all moving cameras in the Free World fixed on his Saddleback Church, Warren officially propelled himself past two other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2008

    Riding Low in the Saddleback

    By Eleanor Carmichael It was hotter than Hell when I arrived at Saddleback Church (my former parish—no, seriously) for the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency. Unfortunately, I couldn’t look forward to sitting in the main worship center near Rick Warren, Barack Obama or John McCain. OC We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Warren Ain't no Schuller

    The eyes of America fall upon Saddleback Church tomorrow, where recent Time cover boy Rick Warren plays Tim Russert while he interviews presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama. There is a lot of grousing amongst people for the outlandish admission fees Warren is charging, monies he claims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008

    Romney Drops Out, Cites Rick Warren Badly; Baby Hewie Cries

    In Mitt Romney's rambling, scary speech announcing he's dropping out of the Republican presidential campaign, the flip-flopper uttered this curious line: Americans love God, and those who don’t have faith, typically believe in something greater than themselves—a “Purpose Driven Life.” Wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2007

    Rick Warren: World's Sexiest Preacher?

    That's the opinion of The Wittenburg Door, the online newsletter of the legendary prosperity-preacher exposers the Trinity Foundation. "Don't let Rick Warren's disheveled Hawaiian shirt and receding hairline fool you," writes one Skippy R. "Although he says his idea of fashion is wearing "clothes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2007

    Will Rick Warren Save the Jews?

    Sorry for the tardiness of this post--have been on the road... The New York Times recently published a fascinating piece on how Saddleback Church mega-pastor Rick Warren is teaching Jews how to invigorate their congregations. The story reveals that Warren has lectured before Conservative congregati ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 7, 2006

    Commie Girl


  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    The Purpose Driven Life

    Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Less Christ, More Right

    Rick Warren unveils his strategy to fight AIDS: the gospel of the GOP

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