I’ve blogged previously about pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback megachurch in southern California. He’s already built a vast multi-million-dollar-per-year publishing franchise based on his insipid Purpose-Driven Life book (and its sequels and workbooks and study guides and etc.). And he injected himself into the presidential campaign, by hosting a candidates’s forum in August, and will preside over Barack Obama’s coronation inauguration. He’s clearly angling for more power and influence, despite the vast sums of money and influence he’s already collected from his Purpose-Driven Life franchise.

Even that, however, turns out not to be enough for the good pastor. As I found at U.S. News & World Report — and as originally reported in Christianity Today — he has invited breakaway Episcopal congregations to build new churches on his own property:

Evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren is offering his Saddleback church campus as a place for breakaway Episcopal congregations to meet, or even to start, new churches. Christianity Today has the story.

Now there’s some Christian humility for you. Somehow I don’t think single-handedly building a new Christian denomination on the foundations of a fracture in an older one, is what Jesus had in mind when he famously said, “the meek shall inherit the earth” (Mt 5:5).

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