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A year of heartbreaking personal tragedies suffered by Christian leaders appeared all too often as the main news at The Christian Post and the Church & Ministry section in 2013. In early April, Southern California-based megachurch pastor Rick Warren, and his wife, Kay, lost their son, Matthew, to suicide. Warren grieved quite publicly by journaling through social media, and he and his wife helped bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the Christian community.

Below are the Top 10 Most Read Church & Ministry stories of 2013.

10. Experiencing God Author Henry Blackaby Found Safe After Missing 29 Hours [Article Date: Sept. 20]

SUMMARY: Internationally known pastor and author Henry Blackaby, 78, was found and is safe after missing for more than 24 hours in the Atlanta area, his family announced on its ministry website late Friday evening.

Blackaby was found alone in Tifton after police tracked his credit card activity, according to Sgt. Joey Smith with Henry County police, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

His family had sent out an urgent prayer request earlier in the day, followed by reports that “hundreds and hundreds” of church members joined in the search. The request included serious concern that Blackaby is “a Type 2 diabetic.

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