It's always fascinating to me to see how non-Christian media
handles Evangelicals. If you haven't seen it yet, TIME magazine's cover
story on Rick Warren is worth a read. Says TIME:
If Warren is not quite today's Graham, who
presided as "America's
pastor" back when the U.S.
affected a kind of Protestant civil religion, he is unquestionably the U.S.'s
most influential and highest-profile churchman. He is a natural leader, a
pathological schmoozer, insatiably curious and often the smartest person in the
room. Like Graham, he projects an authenticity that has helped him forge an
exquisite set of political connections — in the White House, on both sides of
the legislative aisle and abroad. And he is both leading and riding the newest
wave of change in the Evangelical community: an expansion beyond social
conservatism to causes such as battling poverty, opposing torture and combating
global warming. The movement has loosened the hold of religious-right leaders
on ordinary Evangelicals and created an opportunity for Warren, who has lent
his prominent voice to many of the new concerns.
Read the full story here: The Global Ambition of Rick Warren.