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  • Saddleback celebrates 50,000th baptism

    August 14 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Saddleback celebrates 50,000th baptism

    Not long after Saddleback Church held its first services in 1980, Rick Warren waded in the water and baptized a handful of new believers. Nine people came forward that day to declare their newfound faith in Jesus. Since then, at least 49,991 people have followed in their footsteps.

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  • Mosque-building satirical rumor exposed as lie

    June 28 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mosque-building satirical rumor exposed as lie

    A rumor promulgated by satirical news-like websites and blogs that the Southern Baptist Convention and at least one cooperating state convention are building Islamic mosques is being exposed as a lie. The End Times wrote perhaps the first posting of the false report when it claimed the SBC had launched a “Mosques Across America” campaign.

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  • Warrens mark 35 years at Saddleback

    March 24 2015 by Diana Chandler. Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Warrens mark 35 years at Saddleback

    Pastor Rick and wife Kay Warren marked 35 years in ministry at Saddleback Church on March 22 in Anaheim, Calif., celebrating its growth from a seven-member Bible study at the Warrens’ home to more than 27,000 weekly worshippers at 10 U.S. campuses.

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  • Warren at Vatican: be ‘winsome under attack’

    November 20 2014 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Warren at Vatican: be ‘winsome under attack’

    Rick Warren and Russell D. Moore provided an evangelical Protestant viewpoint on the complementarity of man and woman during the second day of a Vatican-sponsored colloquium on marriage. About 350 religious, academic and civil society leaders from 23 countries and various world religions gathered at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church for the Nov. 17-19 event.

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  • Rick Warren returns to pulpit after son’s April suicide

    July 30 2013 by John Evans, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., returned to the pulpit July 27 for the first time since his son’s suicide.

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  • Anabaptists shape Purpose Driven pastor, Southern Baptist churches

    February 9 2012 by Benjamin Hawkins, SWBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Anabaptists shape Purpose Driven pastor, Southern Baptist churches

    Rick Warren, renowned pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of The Purpose Driven Life, confessed that the 16th-century Anabaptists shaped his Purpose Driven model for the church.

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  • Anabaptist conference to feature Rick Warren, Abraham Friesen

    November 1 2011 by Benjamin Hawkins, SWBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Anabaptist conference to feature Rick Warren, Abraham Friesen

    FORT WORTH, Texas – Rick Warren, one of the world’s most renowned pastors, will join prominent Anabaptist historian Abraham Friesen as a featured speaker during Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Anabaptist Conference, Jan. 30-31, 2012.

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  • Is Warren new iconic evangelical image?

    January 19 2009 by Jeff Diamant, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    Rick Warren, the California pastor chosen by Barack Obama to pray at his presidential inauguration ceremony Jan. 20, is so influential a Christian leader and author that he has dramatically affected thousands of churches without ever stepping inside them.     

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  • Saddleback: Domestic violence no excuse for divorce

    January 9 2009 by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press | with 8 comments

    Comments on the Saddleback Church website that the Bible does not permit a woman to divorce a physically abusive spouse have triggered concerns among advocates for victims of domestic violence.

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  • Warren endorses California marriage amendment

    October 28 2008 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. — who hosted a presidential forum with both major candidates in August — made the endorsement of Proposition 8 in an Oct. 23 e-mail to church members. His statement comes as ProtectMarriage.com, the main organization supporting Prop 8, tries to raise enough money to purchase additional television ads and fight off a well-funded final push by opponents.

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