The purpose-driven beggar’s begging (about which I blogged a few days ago) has, apparently, worked spectacularly. KCAL-TV in Los Angeles reports Rick Warren’s good news and good fortune:

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren says his call for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch has brought in $2.4 million.

Warren announced the sum to cheers at a Saturday service, and said the total includes only money brought in person to Saddleback Church by New Year’s Eve.

I admit Warren sure has chutzpah. It takes real guts for a multi-millionaire (which Warren is, due to his “purpose-driven” publishing empire) to actually go begging for money as he did. But he did it, and his sheep congregants rewarded him handsomely for it.

I’m not sure exactly where Jesus’ own injunctions against amassing wealth* fits into all of this, but I’m sure Warren can twist scripture sufficiently to wring some sort of rationale out of them.

* For Mr Warren and others not already aware of these passages, a few of them are: Mt 6:19-20, Mk 10:23, Lk 12:15 & 12:33.

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