Bergdahl to return to the U.S. this week

Bergdahl to return to the U.S. this week

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) --U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to the United States from Germany Thursday evening, a U.S. official confirmed.
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Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95

Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Some 800 celebrities and other well-wishers were invited to the 95th birthday party of evangelist Billy Graham, the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reported.

Warren returns to pulpit after son's death

LAKE FOREST, Calif., July 28 (UPI) -- Pastor Rick Warren, returning to his California pulpit four months after his son's suicide, said he hopes to remove the stigma from mental illness.

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Rick Warren's son, Matthew, kills self

Rick Warren's son, Matthew, kills self

LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- Matthew Warren, the 27-year-old son of widely known California evangelical pastor Rick Warren, has committed suicide, his parents said Saturday.

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Pastor out of inaugural for gay sermons

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The pastor initially booked to offer the invocation at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration has withdrawn after anti-gay sermons surfaced, officials said.

Saddleback cancels Obama-Romney forum

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The vitriol in the U.S. presidential campaign prompted Saddleback Church leader Rick Warren to cancel a civil forum with the two major party candidates.
Obama says inauguration honors all views

Obama says inauguration honors all views

CHICAGO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- An inauguration should honor all viewpoints, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said in explaining his choice of an evangelical pastor to give the invocation.

Inaugural entertainment announced

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The musical talent for Barack Obama's presidential inauguration in Washington will range from Aretha Franklin's soul to Itzhak Perlman's classical strains.
Obama, McCain share stage with pastor

Obama, McCain share stage with pastor

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain, in a forum in California Saturday, promised a pro-life administration if he is elected in November.

Obama, McCain seek evangelical support

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain make a pitch for evangelical support Saturday.

Evangelical leaders fight global warming

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A group of 86 evangelical Christian leaders are reportedly supporting a major initiative to fight global warming.

Starbucks to quote Rick Warren

SEATTLE, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Coffee cups at Starbucks will soon quote the Rev. Rick Warren, but the Seattle-based coffee company denies it is placating religious groups.

Book used by hostage flies off shelves

NEW YORK, March 20 (UPI) -- The book, "The Purpose Driven Life," is selling heavily after an Atlanta hostage read parts while being held by a man wanted in four killings.
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Rick Warren
U.S. President George W. Bush (R), Dr. Rick Warren (2nd-L), founder of the Saddleback Valley Church, his wife Kay Warren (L) and First Lady Laura Bush participate in a photo-op following the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health at the Newseum in Washington, on December 1, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mannie Garcia/Pool)

Richard Duane "Rick" Warren (born 1954 in San Jose, California) is an American evangelical minister and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, currently the eighth-largest church in the United States (this ranking includes multi-site churches). He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including his guide to church ministry and evangelism, The Purpose Driven Church, which has spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent devotional, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies, making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.

Warren holds conservative theological views. While holding traditional evangelical views on social issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and stem-cell research, Warren has called on churches worldwide to also focus their efforts on fighting poverty and disease, expanding educational opportunities for the marginalized, and caring for the environment. During the 2008 United States presidential election, Warren hosted the Civil Forum on The Presidency at his church with both presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. Obama later sparked controversy when he asked Warren to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration in January 2009.

Warren is the son of Jimmy and Dot Warren. His father was a Baptist minister, his mother a high school librarian. He was raised in Ukiah, California, and graduated from Ukiah High School in 1972. His sister Chaundel is married to Saddleback pastor Tom Holladay. His brother Jim C. Warren died in 2007.

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