December 2019 — “When Christmas is the (least) wonderful time of the year”
This is an article I wrote for The Toronto Star about how Christmas can be a tough time for a lot of people. Christmas has, for many people, become about what they think life should ideally be like; the problem is that it rarely happens. This piece suggests that the best defense against a disappointing Christmas is a meaningful one. You can read the online version here.
September 2019 — “Fostering Faith: Christian parenting in an age of high expectations”
This is an article for The Christian Courier magazine about parenting that is decidedly Christian in nature. It includes Scriptures, How To’s, and some best practices. You can read the online version here.
August 2018 — “Self-care for men? Making the most of our lives right now”
This is an article for The Christian Courier magazine based on a few insights that came out of a difficult time for me personally. You can read the online version here.
May 2018 — “How to respond more effectively when someone questions your faith”
This is a blog I wrote based on 1 Peter 3:15-16 which was picked up and published in The Stream. You can read it here.
August 2017 — “Burnout and Habits for Health”
It was great to be interviewed by Grant Vissers for the Young Church Leaders podcast. We talk about being healthy, staying creative, and keeping your priorities while being a leader. You can here the podcast here.
April 11, 2017 — “Living with Intention and Integrity”
In this interview I was pleased to talk with Matthew Brough for his Spirituality For Normal People Podcast. We talk about tending your spiritual life even when you “don’t feel like it”; how to engage spiritually when you are so busy and distracted; and living with integrity. You can listen in here.
September 1, 2016 — “Three Ways to Curb Sibling Rivalry”
This article suggests three steps to a healthier home (and less sibling rivalry). It was published in a Canadian magazine called The Presbyterian Record. You can link to the online version here, or see the print edition as a pdf here: 2016 09 01 – Presbyterian Record – 3 ways to curb sibling rivalry
A devotional piece for the American devotional magazine called These Days: Daily Devotions for Living by Faith. It’s about the process of becoming holy in your day to day life.
April 2016 — What is “Up!”?
This is a print interview by Linda Shaw for the Renewal Fellowship newsletter in April 2016. In it, I answer a series of questions about the “Up!” daily devotional that I write. You can read it here.
June 1, 2015 – “Ministers as a Mission Project”
Sometimes when I speak about modern church I talk about the importance of the pastor’s health. After one of these talks the Presbyterian Record, a national magazine in Canada, asked me to write an article on this topic and my own personal story back to wellness after a very difficult period. In June they made that their cover story. It’s called “Ministers as a Mission Project: Healthier Clergy Make For Healthier Congregation.” You can read the online version here, or see what the print version looks like here: Ministers as a Mission Project – Pres Rec – M Ruttan
February 1, 2015 – “Raising Boys”
The Presbyterian Record is a national magazine in Canada. In February they asked to include one of my (shortened) blogs as an article in their print edition: Raising Boys: We Need to Support and Encourage What Makes Them Different. This was in a section called “Life: Thoughts and Inspiration For Your Daily Life.” You can read the online version by clicking the title above, or you can see what the print article looks like here in this pdf: Raising Boys-Pres Rec-M Ruttan
October 1, 2014 – “Improving Your Kids’ Lives”
The Presbyterian Record magazine in Canada. In October they turned one of my blogs into a print article titled: Improving the Lives of Your Kids (A Top 10 List).
July-August-September, 2014 — Seven devotionals for the American devotional magazine called These Days: Daily Devotions for Living by Faith.
April 1, 2014 – “If You’re Raising Girls Don’t Make This Mistake”
The Presbyterian Record magazine tuned one of my blogs into a print article for it’s April edition. It’s called If You’re Raising Girls Don’t Make This Mistake. To read the online version click here.
November 1, 2013 – “Change the World (Four easy things to do with your kids or grandkids)
The Presbyterian Record magazine turned one of my blogs into a print article for it’s November edition. It’s called Change the World (Four easy things to do with your kids or grandkids.) To read the online version click here.
April 2013 — “Trusting and Trying: Weighing What Works at Westminster.” This is in The Presbyterian Record, the national magazine of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It talks about what’s working at the church and our positive direction.