Orginally published on Monday, August 11, 2008 at 7:35 AM
by Todd Rhoades
Have you seen this week's cover of Time Magazine? It's a big mug of Rick Warren, and a full cover story on him. (This will make the watchdoggies go wild as they parse every word for heresy and error)...
Here's one opening paragraph from the article: "If Warren is not quite today's Graham, who presided as "America's pastor" back when the U.S. affected a kind of Protestant civil religion, he is unquestionably the U.S.'s most influential and highest-profile churchman. He is a natural leader, a pathological schmoozer, insatiably curious and often the smartest person in the room. Like Graham, he projects an authenticity that has helped him forge an exquisite set of political connections — in the White House, on both sides of the legislative aisle and abroad. And he is both leading and riding the newest wave of change in the Evangelical community: an expansion beyond social conservatism to causes such as battling poverty, opposing torture and combating global warming. The movement has loosened the hold of religious-right leaders on ordinary Evangelicals and created an opportunity for Warren, who has lent his prominent voice to many of the new concerns. "
I can honestly say that I’ve never seen anyone work a room like Rick Warren.
Supposedly he reads this blog (at least that’s what an email from his staff said).
And when I met him for the first time in Orlando this year, he greated me with… “Todd Rhoades… long time, no see!” Which I found a little odd. It could only have one of two meanings:
1. He read my name tag and was making small talk; or
2. The first time I didn’t meet him, I must’ve made a great impression!
Regardless, Rick Warren has broken many barriers and introduced much change to the American (and worldwide) church; and has done so, for the most part, very graciously. Whether you’re a Rick fan, or one of his self-proclaimed enemies, you’ll want to read this article.
After you’ve read it… let me know what you think here…
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