Why Do I Love Rick Warren?

Why Do I Love Rick Warren? August 10, 2009

Rick Warren loves Jesus. He also loves the Church. So I love him. I know this might offend some of you. He is not popular in some Reformed circles. But, I don’t care.

Recently Rick Warren has followed John Piper onto twitter. In an email sent to supporters, Rick credits John with inspiring him to connect directly with people via this incredible telegraph system for the web. I am not embarrassed to say that Rick’s twitter feed is fast becoming one of my favorites.

It’s always much easier to criticize than it is to listen to the voice that God has given someone and learn from that voice whatever we can. One of my core values, and one of the reasons that this blog exists is expressed in the phrase “I want it all” If you have never read that article of mine, I do urge you to do so. I don’t think that I can improve upon that post.

Wanting it all means simply this, I want to learn everything I can from everyone I can. This blog is supposed to help you do the same. I want it to be a crossroads pointing out the good in many sources, and yes, sometimes where necessary warning against the bad.

But, how could I not love someone who describes the advantages of the church in the way that follows?

1. The Church provides for the largest participation.
2. The Church provides for the widest distribution
3. The Church provides the longest continuation
4. The Church provides the fastest expansion.
5. The Church provides the highest motivation.
6. The Church provides the strongest authorization.
7. The Church provides the simplest administration
8. The Church provides for God’s conclusion.


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  • Dear Adrian,
    I just saw the 2011 debate between you and Rob Bell on Justin’s radio show at premier. This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but when Rob’s book came out and he started getting fierce denunciations from around evangelicalism, I realized it was time for me to write the book I had been intending to write for a couple of decades. That book is just now out. It is entitled The End of the Unrepentant: A Study of the Biblical Themes of Fire and Being Consumed (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013). It’s a new, systematic, completely biblical treatment of the topic of annihilation versus eternal conscious torment for the unrepentant. I’d like you to consider reviewing it. Let me know if you’d like a copy, and I’ll tell you how to acquire one.

    J. Webb Mealy, PhD (Biblical Studies, Sheffield, UK)
    Author, After the Thousand Years: Resurrection and Judgment in Revelation 20 (JSNTSup, 70; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1992); The Spoken English New Testament: A New Translation from the Greek (Oakland, CA: SENT Press, 2008)