from the latest BP articles: "The message never changes, but the methods do." This is his general cop-out. This is his line to try and convince people that he is on the same side and that he really isn't distorting the gospel. Is this statement true though? Of course not. How has God chosen to reach people? 1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. So, the divine mandate, direction, and truth is that God has chosen both the message (the gospel) and the method (preaching). He didn't ordain poems, music, songs, drama, movies, etc. He ordained preaching. About now, someone undoubtedly will wonder if the others God exclusively designed preaching. Well, take that up with God. If you can find Scriptural justification for doing otherwise, go at it. "Being purpose-driven, Warren said, is about targeting who your church will reach and staying focused on that target while balancing the five biblical purposes taught in the Great Commission and the Great Commandment: worship, fellowship, discipleship, service and evangelism." Is this biblical? Of course not. Can anyone show me where it says to target a certain group of people? Are we to proclaim the gospel to the nations or to the younger crowd that has money, influence, and a desire to rock out? Oops, sorry, that one got away from me. For example, does Warren advocate a "purpose-driven" church that targets single mothers with more than one kid, a full-time job, and a husband who doesn't pay alimony? Or maybe the "purpose-driven" church that seeks to have the elderly and needy as its core basis? Just wondering. Actually, I'm not. One more thing on this subject. How does a church decide who to target? Do only certain people need the gospel? It sure would make his job easier if only certain people came to the church. Good job Rick. Keep up the same level of theological barrenness and scripture ignorance. Perhaps someone should talk to him about the gospel.