LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) -- Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., returned to the pulpit July 27 for the first time since his son's suicide.
"If you struggle with a broken brain, you should be no more ashamed than someone with a broken arm."
-- Rick Warren
Warren, author of the bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life," had taken a 16-week absence after Matthew Warren, 27, took his life in April following a long struggle with mental illness.
Matthew Warren's death brought an outpouring of support for the Warren family, including from Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee and a former SBC president, who lost his 32-year-old daughter Melissa to suicide in 2009.
"My heart is broken as I've heard the news about Rick Warren's son," Page said via Twitter the day after Matthew Warren's death. "Please pray. Unfortunately, I understand that which they experience now."
Rick Warren took the pulpit at the Saturday evening service to a standing ovation, thanking Saddleback staff, members, his family and local pastors who supported him.
"In the middle of all that intense pain, Kay and I ... and our entire family, we've all felt the favor of God on our lives because of your prayers," he said.
Rick Warren, with comments from his wife Kay, shared the first message in a new sermon series titled, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through."
Rick Warren said when he is asked how he and his family are getting through this time, the answer rests on three truths that never change. Read More