This sounds promising. Someone as influential and prominent as Rick Warren in the religious realm dealing with the important issue of mental illness stigmatization.


Rick Warren has preached thousands upon thousands of sermons, but this message was different. The last time he had stood the pulpit at his Saddleback Church, in Southern California, was on Easter, seventeen Sundays ago — and five days before his youngest son, Matthew, 27, shot and killed himself, ending a lifelong struggle with mental illness. On Saturday night, for the first time since their son’s death, Rick and his wife Kay returned to their 20,000-member congregation. Together they faced the question tens of thousands of Christians have been asking: How are they — two of the world’s most famous Christians — able to hope in God in the midst of their despair?

Thousands of parishioners packed the auditorium and three overflow tents on Saturday for the first of Saddleback’s five-weekend worship services. A dozen local pastors all sat in the front row in a show of support for the…

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2 thoughts on “Rick Warren Preaches First Sermon Since His Son’s Suicide

  1. After reading this story, I called the Saddleback church and told them I was a former pastor who has struggled Bipolar for over 20 years and was interested in supporting them as they battled the stigma against mental illness. They gave me Pastor Rick’s e-mail and I sent him a message. I received a message back that a team member would contact me soon. I’ll keep you posted.

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