Friday, January 4, 2008

Purpose Driven Christmas

Rick Warren recently hosted a Christmas program on Fox television. I have to commend him for his gift of communication which is excellent. Rick is someone that could make the life cycle of the tsetse fly sound interesting. A friend of mine asked me if I had seen the program and went on to tell me how much of a blessing it was for them.

There is no doubt that much of what is presented on programs like this is meaningful for many who love Christ. My only reservation is that often they do not go far enough. In these programs the Gospel is often presented in such a weak way that an unbeliever may be left wondering why they really need forgiveness in the first place.
Paul’s message to Timothy is an exhortation that is still desperately needed today.

" I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." (2 Timothy 4:1-5, NKJV)

Rick Warren has a great way of communicating concepts, but one should proceed with caution when reading his material. Below I have included two reviews of Rick’s best seller The Purpose Driven Life. One is a brief review and one is a more comprehensive review.

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