Mark Rutland Articles

A Woke Return to a Barbaric Medieval Practice

The heartless medieval practice of castrating little boy singers in order to preserve their prepubescent voices was...
How the Church Must Respond in an Angry World

How the Church Must Respond in an Angry World

Perhaps when historians paste the final label on 2020, it will be "The Year of Anger." This has been the angriest year in American history in a century and a half. The murder rate in our inner cities has skyrocketed. Violent riots have done billions of dollars of...

How Baby Boomers Created Today’s Millennial Snowflakes

How Baby Boomers Created Today’s Millennial Snowflakes

This column ends with the report of a college professor who should be severely reprimanded, at the very least, for a new grading policy he has announced. I'm telling you that here at the beginning of this column but I'm withholding the details to the end. His students...

How God Remembers You

How God Remembers You

Blind and frail, her wiry, white hair stirred ever so slightly by a faint, hot breeze, the old German missionary came slowly toward me. She could not possibly have known I was there with two Africans, watching her tap her way slowly across the baked, grassless "lawn"...

Mark Rutland: Obamacare Rollout and the Vasa Ship Syndrome

Mark Rutland: Obamacare Rollout and the Vasa Ship Syndrome

In 1628, the king of Sweden was Gustavus Adolphus. Intimidated by the great naval powers of Europe, he decided Sweden should burst onto the stage with a resounding statement.King Adolphus commissioned the Vasa ship and ordered that it be one of the greatest...

Perpetual Gratitude

Perpetual Gratitude

Some years ago I was counseling a teenager who had been
raised from infancy by his grandparents. The boy’s father had been killed in an
automobile accident, and subsequently his mother disappeared. The grandparents
had been doing all they could for him at great expense to themselves. It is
difficult for anyone to raise a teenager, and people in their 60s and
70s ought not to have to go through it a second time around.

For several years he rewarded them with unfathomable
rebellion, anger and sin until he made his grandparents miserable. I told him,
“They did not have to take you in. You could have gone to an orphanage. You
could have been a ward of the court. They got up with you in the middle of the
night. They changed your diapers and fed you and clothed you. They raised you
at great sacrifice to themselves. Nobody would have blamed them if they had
said, “We just can’t handle it at our age.”

He replied bitterly, “Do you think this is the first time
I’ve ever thought of all that? I know what they’ve done. What am I supposed to
do, spend the rest of my life saying ‘thank you’?”

Three Rules for Managing Money

Three Rules for Managing Money

John Wesley said, "Money is an excellent gift of God if it is used excellently, answering the noblest needs of humanity." To Wesley, you see, money was not the enemy. The enemy is my own sinful nature. Therefore, in order to arrive at a balanced view of money, I must...

Get Smart

Some Christians are ‘too spiritual’ for higher education. Take my advice: God can use a few sharp minds.

The Key to True Power

The Key to True Power

Jesus overturned every worldly idea about power when He introduced the concept of servant leadership. The Master's question was breath-catchingly direct, and upon the tender flesh of their innermost unspoken desires it fell like a glowing coal. He said to them: "Do...

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