LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, and his wife, Kay, spoke about their grief after the loss of their son, Matthew, and their unfailing hope in God during the Saddleback Church founders' first time back at the pulpit since their son's suicide nearly four months ago.
In an at times gut-wrenching sermon during the first of five weekend services Saturday, the congregation at the Lake Forest campus welcomed the Warrens with a long standing ovation. The couple, who attribute their son's lifelong battle with mental illness as the cause for his death, vowed to remove the stigma of the disease.
"In the middle of all that intense pain, Kay and I have felt the favor of God because of your prayers and we intend to spend the rest of our lives comforting others with the comfort we ourselves have been given by God," said Warren, after reading 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 to open his sermon, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren is scheduled to preach at Saddleback Church in Southern California next weekend, marking his return to the pulpit about three months after he lost his 27-year-old son.
He will give his sermon from the Lake Forest campus for all of the church's services beginning at 4.30 pm PT on Saturday, with online streaming available on the church's website.
Pastor Warren plans to start a series of sermons titled, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through," according to a spokesperson. more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, unable to attend the Hillsong Conference in Australia in person this year, shared via Skype with Pastor Brian Houston his advice for young leaders involved in Christian ministry, as well as how he personally deals with criticism.
The Southern California megachurch pastor was asked by Houston, founder and senior pastor of Hillsong Church and visionary behind the annual Hillsong Conference, to share the main three or four things he would tell a young leader, considering the influence he has through his international church plants and global initiatives.
First on Warren's list was the suggestion to "never stop learning." The 59-year-old evangelical Christian leader insisted that one should "never stop asking questions" and that a leader can learn from anyone if he or she asks the right questions. more >>
Defending what the Bible teaches about homosexuality can often lead to public condemnation from gay activists. In recent years especially, Christians have been ridiculed and called bigots for their beliefs. Here are five well-known Christian leaders who have been targeted for their beliefs.
When President Barack Obama invited Rick Warren, head pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of the best-selling A Purpose Driven Life, to deliver the invocation at his 2009 inauguration, gay rights activists were furious. About 100 protesters demonstrated outside Warren's church the Sunday before the inauguration. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest Calif., continues to journal his grief over losing his son, Matthew, who committed suicide just over a month ago, through his posts on Twitter. He tweeted on Wednesday that he has been most encouraged by support from the people who his son inspired to find God.
"Since my son died, the most comforting notes have come from people Matthew personally led to know and trust Jesus," tweeted the megachurch pastor.
At the end of the message he referenced Proverbs 11:30 that reads: "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." more >>
In a report published Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the suicide rate among middle-aged (35-64) Americans jumped 28 percent in the last decade, and suicides now account for more deaths than vehicle accidents.
According to the CDC report, 38,000 Americans decided to end their own lives in 2010 – almost 5,000 more than those who died in vehicle-related incidents. The biggest jump in suicide rates came among middle-aged Americans, which rose from 13.7 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 17.6 in 2010.
Suffocation proved to be one of the most common forms of suicide as it increased by 81.3 percent; poisoning also rose 24.4 percent, and the use of firearms to end one's own life rose 14.4 percent. more >>