Saddleback Church

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    April 23, 2014

    Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On Rick Warren Going Hollywood!

    Rick Warren is many things, but I've never thought him to be a thin-skinned diva. So if he listens to the liberal media (I know he enjoys the mirth of this infernal rag), he'll no doubt appreciate the skepticism I have toward Saddleback Church's move to save souls at the Hollywood Palladium every Su ... More >>

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    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.

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 8, 2012

    The OCeeker: Saddleback Church and the Believers Without Bibles

    If you ever want to learn about ancient Jewish customs, your best bet locally is an evangelical church. Evangelicals love them some Jews, especially the ones whom they refer to as "completed", the kind that have accepted Jesus into their hearts. Yeppers, Judaism is the one Jesus-rejecting relig ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Police Scoop Up 26 OC Teens in Curfew Sweep

    ​Last night, in what's become an annual scavenger hunt of sorts, Orange County officers nabbed 26 unsuspecting minors who were out past curfew. The event is a curfew sweep, and its goal, according to the District Attorney's office, is "to prevent juveniles from being victims of or participants in ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Rick Warren: Patron Saint of Humblebraggadocio

    ​Pound for pound, preachers are the best humblebraggers around because they can rattle off a list of professional accomplishments while giving God the glory for "working through them." It's a nifty trick that can be pulled off only by those who make a living chatting with the Lord and sharing his ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    [POLL CLOSES THIS FRIDAY] How Orange County Has Sex

    ​Gentle Readers: in our never-ending quest to document this infernal county county of ours, behold our sex survey, in which we'll try to determine at which end of the spectrum OC falls: the chaste promise rings of the Saddleback Church crowd, or the cock rings of legendary porno actor (and Newport ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Foothill Ranch Desperately Needs a Clustertruck

    ​I know very little about Foothill Ranch other than Oakley is there, that Saddleback Church is nearby, and that the food pickings out there are desperately bad. Hence, the following desperate plea/comment left today on a post Edwin did back in 2009:We need some lunch trucks near / EMERGENCY! Bal S ... 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 >>

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    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.

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    February 17, 2011

    6 Questions Pastor Rick Warren Should Ask Tony Blair

    ​Coming up next on The Saddleback Church Comedy Hour with Pastor Rick is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who stunned Americans with his poise, intelligence and speaking ability at podiums next to George W. Bush's--while at the same time being branded "Bush's poodle" by Brits.Rick Warren ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Rick Warren Saddlebacks George W. Bush

    Courtesy of Saddleback Church​As released WikiLeaks proved George W. Bush lied, told half-truths and lived in a world far from reality--at least as chronicled in his recently released memoir, Decision Points--the former president was receiving a reportedly "rousing reception" at Sad ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    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

    April 15, 2010

    Ira Gabor Essoe Jr., Fallen Officer Remembered 30 Years After He Was Shot

    Photo by John GilhooleyThe memorial service for Sgt. Ira Essoe fills the Saddleback Church worship sanctuary.​Sadly, memorial services for officers killed in the line of duty are not unusual, but yesterday's at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest for Orange County Sheriff's Sgt. Ira Gabor Essoe Jr. d ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2010

    Orange County's Sexiest Cities

    [Sex Issue] Our guide to the steamiest-and not so steamy-municipalities

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    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!

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    December 1, 2009

    Crime Time: Alleged Rummy Mommy, Ex-Cop Robber, Sticky Fingers, Douches on (and Taking) Bikes and Really Bad Karaoke Singers

    It's the Weekly's weekly police blotter--now with more alleged rummy mommies, ex-cop robbers, sticky fingers, douches on bikes and really bad karaoke singers.MONDAY, NOV. 23 Insert car here.​That Walled-In Feeling A man crashing his black Toyota Corolla into a wall at the Shell gas station at Lake ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Muslim, Jewish, Christian Leaders Explore Life's Biggest Question

    ​ It's neither the embodiment of a "rabbi, imam and Christian pastor walk into a [insert place]" joke, nor another example of one of today's too frequent clashes of cultures and religions that the Islamic Institute of Orange County is presenting Sunday. Instead, it's a rare opportunity to witness ... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    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

    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 >>

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    October 31, 2008
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    September 11, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    Democrat Boss (& Daybreak OC) Clueless on Cultural Reference

    During Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church Obama-McCain interviews earlier this month, the pastor asked McCain to identify the “three wisest people that [sic] you know that you would rely on heavily in an administration.” McCain quickly named General David Petraeus and Lindsey Graham, a Republica ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008
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    August 21, 2008
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    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

    June 5, 2008

    More Reasons to Like Rick Warren

    On Father's Day weekend, Rick "Purpose-Driven Life" Warren of Lake Forest's Saddleback Church will do something extraordinary in evangelical Christian circles: he'll treat queers as normal folks. He'll be meeting with members of Soulforce, a nonprofit dedicated to seek "freedom for lesbian, gay, bi ... More >>

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    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

    December 13, 2007

    Is Rick Warren a Terrorist Appeaser?

    That's the stunning insinuation put forth by Joseph Farrah, editor of the conservative website WorldNetDaily. Farrah takes Warren--head of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, author of The Purpose-Driven Life...are you readers really that much of heathens or OC-illiterate that I need to continue?--to ... More >>

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    November 27, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines. No Surprises: Debbie Carona wants out

    Debbie Carona wants out: On Halloween day, the Weekly sat in a crowded Santa Ana courtroom and watched the odd trio of sheriff, wife and mistress twitching as they sat cuffed and in uncomfortably close quarters. Debbie Carona sat a lawyer away from her hubby and did not so much as look at him the en ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 15, 2007

    Jerry Falwell's OC Connections

    Noted evangelical windbag Jerry Falwell was raptured today, and we're sure God strained his back from carrying that hefty sack into the sky. In honor of his death, we submit some of Falwell's brushes with our sordid county: • Back in the early 1990s, Orange County-based Citizens for Honest gov ... More >>

  • 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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    March 2, 2000

    Mark of the Beast

    Dornans kid: An old voice for a new generation

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