Rick Warren Hospitalized With Arm Pain

The pastor of the Saddleback Church stays overnight in the hospital after experiencing pain and numbness.

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren is in the hospital undergoing tests to determine the cause of pain in his arms and numbness in his fingers.

In an email to congregants Tuesday, Warren said he had begun feeling unwell over the weekend, and that pain and numbness set in Monday night.

His doctor made a preliminary diagnosis Tuesday that an inner ear virus could be to blame, Warren wrote.

"Currently, the doctor's diagnostic guess is that an inner ear virus I picked up last week may have spread to the nerves in my neck and radiated down my arms," Warren said. "But that's just a guess until they do a full day of tests."

On Wednesday, Warren tweeted that he has been undergoing tests of major organs during his hospitalization.

"Hospitalized for past 2 days for #heart and #brain evaluation. Tests confirm that contrary to skeptics, I do have both," he wrote.

Warren is the leader of the Lake Forest-based megachurch and a best-selling author.

The church announced Tuesday on its Twitter feed that an event at the Lake Forest campus called Vision Night, scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, had been postponed.

Alex Stewart September 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Why is he not dead yet? We could all do without another religious propagandist.
MFriedrich September 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Seeing a doctor and running some tests was a wise choice. It's happens to be way more effective than praying. Thank goodness for modern medical science and health insurance. Speedy recovery Mr. Warren.
Paul September 27, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Hatred, negativity, and non-sympathetic...hmm... let me think... this must be an atheist?
Lawrence (Larry) McCook September 27, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Mr. Warren is a fine man and his ministry and writings have brought solace, hope and purpose to many throughout the world. Hopefully it is a transient situation and nothing serious.
Ronald Gilbert September 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
1 Chronicles 16:22 (KJV) 22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Walt Halagarda September 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Sir, you are a man of little faith. God answers all prayers from true believers. Sometimes those prayers are not answered in a way we like. But I agreed about going the doctor route. We always pray for the hands that treat our brothers that are ill.
Walt Halagarda September 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Mr. Stewart can keep his opinions to himself. Whether you agree with Greg Warren or not it is totally inappropriate to wish someone should die.
Tennickly September 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The anti-atheist comment from Paul is offensive. We are not all hate-filled and we do not all wish death upon religious people. I am sure operating with such generalizations is more comfortable than actually thinking and having an open mind.
Dusty W Otero September 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Tomorrow is Native American Day,,,and from someone like me who is almost 1/4 Mission Indian,,,and we have so much History on my whole family,s side Spanish,Italian I am still here in the Land of the free home of the brave and I wish this man well he is a good person and didnt build his church to ruin peoples lifes for goodness sakes ..I know he wont die that would be terrible...He has lots of love for people peace to you
Kathi September 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Well actually most Christians do both. Dr's don't know everything. & w the vast amount of info out there, sometimes dr's may not be up on all pertinent info. So we pray for wisdom & skill for drs as well as healing, understanding that God's ways aren't always ours.
John Webb September 27, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Rick Warren started out in a high school auditorium, then a tent and now the Church in Lake Forrest. I think that is right. In any case, thousands of people have flocked to his church, read his books and donated to help the poor in a number of countries. He is now planning to open Church's in a number of countries in the coming years. When someone gives that much it is more than inappropriate to wish him anything but God's blessings. The world could use a few thousand more Rick Warrens. He is in our family's prayers.
Joe Promedio September 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Alex Stewart's comment is inappropriate. I will pray for him that God will warm his obvious cold hearted condition. I am also praying for a quick healing for Pastor Warren. I am not a member of his church but I know quite a few people that go there. It is a church that does a lot for our community, country and the world, in Jesus name.
Charles September 28, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Interesting Alex's comment is permitted but my comment "This is very disappointing. In 2012 we are promoting the supernatural and brainwashing our children into being religious robots. "Everything is possible with God" and "We can trust God" are pretty scary messages to be indoctrinating our youth with." was deleted for violating the terms of service: • violates any party’s right of publicity or right of privacy; • is threatening, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; promotes or encourages violence; • is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way; • is illegal or promotes any illegal activities; • promotes illegal or unauthorized copying of another person's copyrighted work or links to them or providing information to circumvent security measures; • contains “masked” profanity (e.g., F@&#) • contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or • contains any advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
Charles September 28, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Is it mathematically possible to be "almost" 1/4 Mission Indian?
Mike Baltierra September 29, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I think his name is "Rick"
Lawrence (Larry) McCook September 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Mr. Stewart, In our country you are free to practice atheism and agnosticism but, look at the changes in our society. Things are not better today with drive by shootings, home invasion robberies (we have even had one of these in Rancho Santa Margarita), lack of respect for parents, teachers, coaches, referees, law enforcement, etc. Do you really think this is good? Most people that I know who practice any organized religion are good people willing to go the extra mile to help others in need. The churches supply food, clothing, counseling, social activities and even money to people in need. There may be good atheists but, the public forerunner, Madelyn Murray, died a horrible death near Austin Texas.Perhaps her lifestyle contributed to her demise?. Rick Warren has done a tremendous service to many people throughout the world! Thank you Mr. Warren!
Charles September 30, 2012 at 01:23 AM
"drive by shootings, home invasion robberies (we have even had one of these in Rancho Santa Margarita), lack of respect for parents, teachers, coaches, referees, law enforcement, etc." The overwhelming majority of these dubious acts and behaviors are performed by someone who would otherwise have been described as a "Fine Christian Man". The main reason these church people perform these volunteer activities is to score points with god. They're actually looking out for themselves - self serving volunteerism. Secondly, they're trying to recruit people into their church by putting on these noble acts. They were brainwashed to think this way from their parents and guys like Warren. It wouldn't take more than a fourth grader's understanding of logic to understand that the Madelyn Murray reference above points out that correlation does not imply causation. Sorry Larry.
Ron Junio October 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Hello Alex, The problem with this country and it's individuals is that GOD has been removed from almost every thing here in the U.S. Rick Warren is a good man, and a good pastor. He spreads the good news of God and his saviour, Jesus, our Lord. Look at the schools, take God out decades ago, and decades later school shootings and bullying. When I went to elementary school in the late 60's and then high school in the 70's, I remember every morning in the first class saying the "Pledge of Allegience" and also the Lord's prayer. Look at our government, they think they are smarter than God! Look at Senator Reid's arrogance and also the others who MOCK good people and our constitutional principles. Man's wisdom is foolishness before God. The problem with our nation is not on the outside, but the inside of the human heart, morals, ethics, foundation principles are being challenged each and every day!
Ron Junio October 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
God Bless American again, and his people Israel who are our best friends in this world. Isn't interesting the two most hated nations, the U.S. and Israel are the greatest democracies and also where both nations worship the true and living God! John 3:16, " For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, and he who beleives in him will not perish, but have everlasting life".
Lawrence (Larry) McCook October 01, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Pseudo intellectuals (especially at the college level) try put everything in a box to disprove God and Jesus. Unfortunately for them, there was a Mose's and There are The 10 Commandments and 1,000s met Jesus personally along the sea of Galilee. There has never been any proof of the non existence of God. There are no proven conclusions about Creation that fit in a box. By and large people that I have met in my life's journey of any faith (that truly practice their religion) are very good people. There are surely people that do not practice any religion that are also good people. I have been involved in community activities for my entire life starting with Boy Scouts and now you teach me that this is/was to score points? Never looked at it that way. It just makes me feel good to help people who need help. Rick Warren is an extremely good man and his efforts have helped people around the world including ministry for deployed soldiers.
Silence Dogood October 02, 2012 at 03:15 AM
@larry You seem like a nice thoughtful guy, but your argument sounds like, well, the ranting of a lunatic. The great foundation for your beliefs is "There has never been any proof of the non existence of god"? There has never been proof that fairies don't fly invisibly around us at all times. Do you believe in fairies? There has never been a shred of proof that rain isn't the tears of magical, invisible, cloud-bound creatures. Do you believe in magical,cloud-bound creatures? Ah, creation! it's a story. Kind of like a children's story, but still just story. It is not science. And it's not true. As long as religious zealots cling to their disdain for truth you can't, and shouldn't, be taken seriously. As Ronald Reagan said, "Facts are stupid things". Impressive. You parenthetically mention those "...that truly practice their religion", who could you be speaking about? The throngs at Rick Warren's Christian Spectacular every weekend? With its parking lot filled with the evidence of conspicuous consumption and the pews reeking of silicone and nail polish, this is the very definition of hypocrisy. One doesn't need to ask WWJD because the answer is obvious. If these hypocrites so believe, why don't Rick's minions pray for his recovery and have Rick eschew the hospital? Surely if prayer works (and it doesn't) this gang could get Rick back on his feet. But of course god works in mysterious ways and might take Rick home. Oh well, god's will be done.
Silence Dogood October 02, 2012 at 03:48 AM
@ron junio Nope.


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