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rickwarrenpicforic.jpgWell, if you’re tiring of the Olympics, or can’t afford the gas to drive to a movie theatre, or can’t afford the popcorn after you buy the gas, there’ll be a relevant, interesting, and hopefully inspiring show that you can see live via webcast on Saturday night.
This will be a first-of-its-kind event where both presumed presidential nominees, Barack Obama and John McCain, will be interviewed by Rick Warren, the founder and pastor of the church and author of best-selling, “The Purpose-Driven Life”,
Saddleback Community Church and CNN will be airing the “Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency,” direct from Orange County, California, Saturday evening at 8 p.m. EDT, and you’ll be able to watch it through their website.


One group that is sure to be watching will be evangelicals. Rev. Warren has promoted the event through his Purpose-Driven network of churches around the country, and has also solicited input from some Pastors. I received an e-mail Monday asking me what question I would ask if I was moderating the event.
“What question would you ask BOTH candidates if you had the chance? Please frame your question in a way that it could be asked of both candidates,” it said. “This would be a great help to me.”
He also communicated the spirit of the event: “We’re in this together. I also ask you to pray I’ll have the necessary wisdom. This will be an historic event. Never have the two candidates been interviewed by a pastor in a church. It will be a great day for all churches, showing the importance of the local church being at the civil table.”
If you’d like to comment on what you would like to see asked, log on to Beliefnet’s forum about the event.
Rev. Warren will then give a “message to the nation” on Sunday, titled “The Kind of Leadership America Needs,” at noon and 2 pm EST. I hope you’ll tune in to both–I think they’ll be among the few “must see TV” events of the campaign!

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