Rick Warren is an evangelical leader, best-selling author, and founding and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California. Along with his wife, Kay, Warren founded Saddleback in 1980 with just a single family to fill the pews. Today the church has a 120-acre campus, 22,000 weekly attendees, and has provided spiritual guidance and source material to over 400,000 ministers worldwide.
He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. More than 400,000 ministers and priests have been trained worldwide, and almost 157,000 church leaders subscribe to the Ministry ToolBox, his weekly newsletter. His previous book, The Purpose Driven Church is listed in “100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century.” Forbes magazine called it "the best book on entrepreneurship, management, and leadership in print.”
Warren received his BA from California Baptist College, his MA from the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from the Fuller Theological Seminary. Warren has recently taken on several issues previously ignore by the evangelical community; he is the most prominent signatory of the "Evangelical Climate Initiative," and is the co-founder and co-director (with his wife) of The Global PEACE Fund, which fights poverty, disease, and illiteracy. Warren has spoken at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the African Union, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Question: Who wrote the Bible?
Rick Warren: It was written by 40 men and women of God over a period of hundreds and hundreds of years under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
God inspired them to write it down. Well it’s more than, like, well God inspired me to write “The Purpose Driven Life”. It’s like, okay, another kind of inspiration. It means I believe God was directly telling them, “This is what I want you to write.” Now it still shows their personality. And when you read one book to the next, you still see truth coming through their personality. There isn’t like there isn’t a human element to it. But it’s interesting because when you quote any other book, people don’t get nervous. You quote the Bible, people get nervous. Why is that? It’s in a class by itself.
Recorded on: December 11, 2007