So two other interns and I are in the intern office when Mark Dever brings Rick Warren in our office to say hi and give us hugs as they are on their way up to see the view of the city from the top of the church building. The three interns were not supposed to be up there with them, but we went and ended up being recorded along with Mark on Rick’s podcast that goes out to 250,000 pastors. I’ll let you know when it is up if I ever find out.
I was genuinely encouraged by Rick’s conversations with us. He is a very people person and I praise God for the simplicity of his life and deliberate strategy to not be materialistic with all the financial blessings he’s had since he wrote The Purpose-Driven Life. Though there are always things we could pick to disagree with regarding some leading voice of any particular movement, I didn’t look for any and have none to blog here (though I do have some serious reservations about his philosophy of ministry as I try to exercise biblical discernment). I simply want to say I was encouraged to see God’s grace in Rick’s life, I feel his love and priority on the church versus those in political office (he pushed back a meeting just to spend time to talk with our staff for about an hour). I praise God for this brother and all the good God is doing through his life, ministry, and local church. I pray that they continue in what they’re doing faithful to Scripture, that they would grow in faithfulness to God’s Word in spreading the gospel, and that God would bear much fruit into eternity through Rick and Saddleback Church.