Will Saddleback Church Snap Up Albert Pujols, Christianity's Biggest Free Agent?

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Warren and Pujols: A Murderer's Row for Christ?
Going off what Coker posted yesterday about Christians looking toward new Anaheim Angels slugger Albert Pujols to bring a bunch of Papist Mexis in la naranja toward Christ, the question then becomes: what local church will Pujols sign up for as his new home base?

Will he join Templo Calvario, the nation's largest bilingual church? Save another struggling franchise and go to the Crystal Cathedral? Drink the Kool-Aid and go Calvary Chapel? Get too swayed by his newfound riches and attend Mariners?

Pujols is a Baptist by denomination, a longtime congregant of West County Community Church in a St. Louis suburb. That church is part of the Missouri Baptist Convention, which is the state's group for churches associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Old-school Baptists used to have much bigger sway in Orange County during the 1950s and 1960s, before the rise of Calvary Chapel and the Crystal Cathedral, with one grand, huge exception: Saddleback Church and its Purpose-Driven® pastor, Rick Warren.

I don't believe the paths of the two mega-philanthropists have yet to cross, but Warren is already making recruiting overtures to Pujols via Twitter:

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Fascinating...


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9 to 5 Worker
9 to 5 Worker

Rick Warren and his Shamless Recruiting of Albert Pujols.... Lol !!     Hey Rick how about the average Black or Hispanic Man ??  Do you know our names ??

top_man
top_man

What makes you all think hes going to live in orange county?

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Alex
Alex

I'm going with Gustavo on this one, I'd put my money on Saddleback as RW is SBC...and he knows all the names of the family which begs the question that he and Phat Albert have already chatted.

If Pujols goes to Calvary Chapel Costa Mecca, his tithe money could go to help pay off the victims of molestation in the Tim Kosnoff v. Chuck Smith lawsuit :-)

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

or perhaps Warren, (or a subordinate) did a little on line research, and found a few names to drop?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I did some background reading on his old church and they don't seem completely whacked like Saddleback or Calvary. 

Pujols wouldn't fit-in at Mariners -- take a look at Mariners web site; do you see anyone of color? 

http://www.marinerschurch.org/... 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Mariners does have some people of color—when I wrote a story on them a couple of years ago, I could've sworn I saw an Italian. But Saddleback is the natural, since Pujols is from the Southern Baptist convention...

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