As a navel-gazer, I was depressed by Saddleback. It seemed the butt end of Christianity: stripped of history and iconography, wholly immersed in its secular surroundings, constructed according to a business model and promoted by motivational speakers – bland, cheerful, dull.There is a term for this: Christless Christianity. Not familiar with it? Google the term and look for Dr. Mike Horton's explanation.
We drove away, past immaculate housing estates and strip malls iterating chain restaurants and shops, replicated in every suburb from coast to coast. I wondered why anyone would want to live in that charmless place, much less to get more of the same at church.
Read the rest here: A Review of Saddleback and Rick Warren: The Guardian