LOS ANGELES - Nearly four months after his son's suicide, popular pastor Rick Warren has returned to the pulpit at the Southern California megachurch he founded.
At services Saturday and Sunday, Warren took the stage at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., with wife, Kay Warren. They were greeted with standing ovations by their congregation.
It was the first time Warren had taken the Saddleback pulpit since his 27-year-old son Matthew shot and killed himself April 5.
In the sermon, first in a series called "How To Get Through What You're Going Through," Rick Warren said he had the perfect role model for his struggles. He said, "God knows what it's like to lose a son."
Warren said he and his wife, who have worked to remove the stigma from AIDS, would now seek to do the same for mental illness, which their son struggled with all his life.
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