Dr. Mark Rutland

  • Mark Rutland: Why We Must Accept the Whole Counsel of God

    Mark Rutland: Why We Must Accept the Whole Counsel of God

    In the course of a university lecture on, of all things, the nature of revival, I recounted some of the negative and positive results of the Welsh revival. I mentioned that despite some excesses and mistakes, 100,000 unbelievers were converted in one year, missionaries were sent around the world and the local society was deeply

  • Do You Have the Courage to Be Healed?

    Do You Have the Courage to Be Healed?

    Absalom, David’s son and prince, killed his half-brother, burned his uncle Joab’s farm, led a rebellion against his own father and raped 10 women from David’s harem. What could possibly make any of that horror show less evil than it was? Nothing. Ever. He did what he did, and no postmodern equivocation can blunt the

  • Why True Brokenness Precedes True Spiritual Healing

    Why True Brokenness Precedes True Spiritual Healing

    A minister once told me he objected to counseling because Jesus never did it. Certainly that is correct in the sense that Jesus did not keep office hours or meet with scheduled clients in his office. On the other hand, neither did He attend board meetings, and I assure you that pastor went to plenty

  • The Holy Spirit’s Unpleasant but Effective Antidote to Your Viral Rage

    The Holy Spirit’s Unpleasant but Effective Antidote to Your Viral Rage

    A woman driving her little girl to dancing lessons changes lanes improperly. This forces a man in another car to break hard and swerve. There is no wreck. Neither car is even scratched. Yet the man lays on the horn, screams curses out the window and follows her, tailgating dangerously. She speeds up to get

  • This Godly Hero Proves God Can Use You No Matter What

    This Godly Hero Proves God Can Use You No Matter What

    If David had written an autobiography, I believe he would have emphasized that being the choice of God isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Any person seeking to live for God faces excruciatingly tough decisions. Living out that passion for God in such a violent era as David’s is what makes his story so

  • Countercultural Reasons to Celebrate This Labor Day Weekend

    Countercultural Reasons to Celebrate This Labor Day Weekend

    Labor Day is a much-loved three-day weekend in the United States. This national holiday speaks of grilling out, family picnics and summer’s last hurrah ahead of the harsh realities of back to school and even the winter to come. However, the labor it celebrates just may not be as beloved as the holiday itself. I

  • Are These Subtle Distractions Stealing Your Spiritual Momentum?

    Are These Subtle Distractions Stealing Your Spiritual Momentum?

    Two very different events happened on July 31—40 years apart—the first in 1941 and the second in 1981. How strange to me that I was not yet born when the first of these events occurred, and I was a married man well into my 30s at the time of the second. The first one seems

  • Are You Suffering From Moses Syndrome?

    Are You Suffering From Moses Syndrome?

    I am fascinated by the story of Moses. His is a story of rags to riches and back to rags and then on to an unimaginable leadership opportunity which was actually an unimaginable leadership burden. This in turn led to a national opportunity, which was tragically missed, followed four decades later by another chance which

  • What God Can Do in Your Harsh Desert of Brokenness

    What God Can Do in Your Harsh Desert of Brokenness

    Yesterday, still on the runway but strapped into my seat on a flight to Dallas, happy to actually be leaving on time for once, now a novelty in modern air travel, I heard words that sent a chill down my spine. “Hello folks, this is your captain speaking. I’m afraid I have some bad news.”

  • Why This Group of Persecuted Believers Is Refusing to Compromise the Gospel

    Why This Group of Persecuted Believers Is Refusing to Compromise the Gospel

    Last week I was in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of International Christian Concern to speak at their one-day Summit Conference. Though ICC and all the speakers and I are burdened for persecuted Christians everywhere, the specific topic of this summit was North Korea. Two congressmen spoke, including Rep. Chris Smith from New Jersey. Rep.

  • Navigating the Troubled Waters of Cross-Generational Discipleship

    Navigating the Troubled Waters of Cross-Generational Discipleship

    I was raised by an army officer. He thought like an officer—a good one, by the way—and he taught me much. I heard taglines from Officer’s Candidate School at the breakfast table. That combined with my year of birth made a difference in the way I think about life and leadership. Year of birth? Yes,

  • Wielding Your God-Given Gift of Emotion With Skillful Integrity

    Wielding Your God-Given Gift of Emotion With Skillful Integrity

    As she sobbed pathetically on one end of the couch, her husband scowled on the other, only the length of the sofa between them, yet lightyears apart. “I hate it when she cries like that.” His face was a mask of anger, perhaps even rage. “I can’t stand her emotionalism.” Apart from the fact that

  • A Surprising Lesson Doc Holiday Can Teach You About Your Trials

    A Surprising Lesson Doc Holiday Can Teach You About Your Trials

    Near the end of the movie Tombstone, Wyatt Earp tells his friend Doc Holiday that he just wants a “normal life.” Holiday’s response is classic. “There’s no such thing as normal life. There’s just life.” I have come to believe, that as unlikely as it seems for wisdom to come from such a source, Doc

  • What Queen Esther Can Teach You About Choosing Your Timing Wisely

    What Queen Esther Can Teach You About Choosing Your Timing Wisely

    The teenager who wants to borrow her mother’s car needs to learn not to ask in the moments just following her mom’s long and harrowing commute home from work. The employee who wants a raise should never ask right after the boss has announced that the company is in a cash-flow crunch and everyone needs

  • Why One Suffering Mother Chose to Lift Her Hefty Cross

    Why One Suffering Mother Chose to Lift Her Hefty Cross

    One tends to think of the Christian life in terms of softness, of words such as love and grace and peace. Those words are real to be sure. Yet there are other words in the walk of Christ—tough, rugged words—words that are hard to hear, hard to say and harder still to live. This part

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