California's legislature has moved forward with a bill meant to legalize assisted suicide. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, opposed the legislation, instead calling for a "radical commitment" to help those who are near death.
Last week the State Senate approved the End of Life Option Act, which, if enacted, would allow doctor-assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill.
Known as Senate Bill 128, the proposed legislation passed the Senate in a vote of 23 ayes to 15 noes following third reading. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and other faith groups have spoken out against California Senate Bill 128, which if passed, would give terminally ill people in the state the right to end their lives. Warren said that he opposes the bill both as a theologian and as the father of a son who died by suicide due to mental illness.
"I oppose this law as a theologian and as the father of a son who took his life after struggling with mental illness for 27 years," Warren said at a conference on Saturday, referring to his son, Matthew, who took his own life on April 5, 2013.
"The prospect of dying can be frightening," he added while speaking at a panel, the OC Register reported. "But we belong to God, and death and life are in God's hands. ... We need to make a radical commitment to be there for those who are dying in our lives." more >>
Saddleback Community Church pastor Rick Warren received an outpouring of support from Christians around the world on Easter Sunday, which marked the second anniversary of his youngest son's death.
Believers took to social networking sites last week to share heartfelt messages of love and hope for Warren, who requested prayer on April 1 via his Facebook page as he prepared to preach at Easter services for four days straight. The post garnered more than 39,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
Warren's son, Matthew, who was 27 when he died, took his own life on April 5, 2013, after a long battle with depression. In an emotional prayer request to his 1 million Facebook followers, the Purpose Driven Life author recalled his son's passing as being "the worst day of my life." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren's multi-site megachurch will soon celebrate its 35th year of ministry at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Saddleback Church, an influential congregation that boasts 14 campuses on five continents, will hold a community-wide service on Saturday celebrating the milestone.
In a statement released Wednesday, Pastor Warren said that he and his congregation "thank God for 35 years of blessing our church." more >>
Baptists have long been champions of religious freedom, recounted mega church pastor Rick Warren and Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore, in a panel moderated by Judge Ken Starr, president of Baptist affiliated Baylor University.
Last week's symposium on "Proselytism and Development" was hosted by Georgetown University's Berkley Center, whose Religious Freedom Project is directed by IRD board member Thomas Farr.
Early champions of religious liberty included Rhode Island colony founder Roger Williams and Baptist clergy like John Leland who influenced Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. more >>
Influential megachurch Pastor Rick Warren and 49 other Catholic and Evangelical scholars and intellectuals have signed their names to an eight-page declaration that opposes society's growing acceptance of same-sex marriages and labels homosexual unions as a "graver threat" to marriage than widespread divorce and cohabitation because it is a parody of marriage.
The declaration entitled "The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage" was written by the alliance called Evangelicals and Catholics Together and is set to be published in the March edition of the religion journal First Things.
Although the Catholics and Evangelicals involved in the writing of this overarching declaration against sexual sin still hold differences when it comes to the legitimacy of divorce and use of contraception, their differences were set aside as they focused on tackling what they consider to be the biggest problem facing marriage in society today. more >>