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Here we go again… Rick Warren asks for urgent donations

December 31, 2009

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren appealed to parishioners at his California megachurch Wednesday to help fill a $900,000 deficit by the first of the year.

Warren made the appeal in a letter posted on the Saddleback Church Web site. It begins “Dear Saddleback Family, THIS IS AN URGENT LETTER.”

“With 10 percent of our church family out of work due to the recession, our expenses in caring for our community in 2009 rose dramatically while our income stagnated,” the letter reads.

I am not sure as to when Pastor Rick Warren asked for the donations, but that’s a pretty steep deadline and amount of money (maybe not that much money for him given the size of his ministry). I am not against asking your church for help, but for a renown ministry such as this I would like to believe there are other avenues to getting this money; such as Pastor Rick Warren donating it himself or cutting budgets or even fund raising. Most pastors with ministries of this size don’t even get a salary from the church; they usually live of book sales or other things, but let’s say he did receive a salary, he might want to consider taking a pay cut. Just a thought. The article was on the home page of MSNBC.com, the point of me saying that is that the media loves this stuff; they put it out there for the whole world to see and it makes christians look bad. The U.S. god of Mammon has infiltrated christianity in such a way that the stereotype the world has of us will be nearly impossible to change and highly unlikely to ever happen. Sad. Here is the link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34640771/ns/us_news-us_faith/

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