Luke 15:11-24 (the story of the Prodigal Son). Because he typically uses Bible verses in fragments and out of context to bolster his points, the fidelity to the text caught me off guard. Too bad he doesn't handle God's Word that honestly more often!
That concession made, I still noticed Warren's overarching message that closeness to God has more to do with our spiritual well-being than with the Lord's honor and glory. In the very beginning of his sermon, he makes it clear that his "50 Days Of Transformation" series (the sermon I watched today being the second in the series) would help me change things about myself that I don't like. What about changing things about myself that grieve the Holy Spirit? The sermon neglects to mention anything along those lines.
The 50 Days Of Transformation webpage on Saddleback Church's Community Blog clearly states the man-centered focus of the campaign:
Starting in January, thousands of churches across America will begin Pastor Rick’s new seven-week small group study, Transformed. In addition, we will begin the new weekend series, 50 Days of Transformation. Together, this exciting new group study and weekend series will show you how real change—lasting change—can actually happen in your life.Every small group member will receive a free leatherette-bound workbook, which includes message notes, small group studies, personal goal-setting worksheets, and 50 daily inspirational readings.
Do you see anything about the Lord there? Neither do I. The free leatherette-bound workbook sounds kinda cool, but again, what does that have to do with God's glory? For all Warren's talk about avoiding a self-centered life, so much of his preaching and writing keeps the spotlight on us, with God as our most devoted Fan. That humanistic thrust makes it difficult to believe that Warren accurately understands (let alone preaches) the Gospel.