Articles & Interviews

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COVID-19 and our broken illusion of control [Barrie Advance]

June 22, 2020. This is a short opinion piece I wrote, a portion of which is here published by the Barrie Advance newspaper, and also at http://www.Simcoe.com. You can read it here.


Five weapons in the war against fear [The Gospel Coalition]

June 21, 2020. In this piece published by The Gospel Coalition Canada, I argue that the powerful presence of God is more significant than the powerful presence of fear. I consider the war against fear to be just that—a war. And war is fought with (spiritual) weapons. You can read it here.


God cares about your well-being, even now [The Gospel Coalition]

May 12, 2020. This piece was published by The Gospel Coalition Canada, considers the challenges we face in the midst of COVID-19, and offers practical suggestions about how to be proactive about our well-being. You can read it here.


6 ways to be loving in a pandemic [The Christian Courier]

May 4, 2020. This article appeared in The Christian Courier magazine and highlights six ways to show love in this strange time in human history. You can read the online version here.


Coronavirus, Perspective & Love [Life 100.3 Radio Interview]

March 16, 2020. This is an interview with David Mann from Life 100.3FM, Ontario’s Christian Superstation. In light of coronavirus, we discuss changes in ‘doing church,’ the power of God (verses fear), ways to be loving in a pandemic, leveraging resources, government in times of uncertainty, and prayer. You can listen in on YouTube here.


When Christmas is the (least) wonderful time of the year [The Toronto Star]

December 2019. 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.


Fostering Faith: Christian parenting in an age of high expectations [The Christian Courier]

September 2019. 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.


Self-care for men? Making the most of our lives right now [The Christian Courier]

August 2018. 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.


How to respond more effectively when someone questions your faith [The Stream]

May 2018. 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.


Burnout and Habits for Health [Young Church Leaders Podcast]

August 2017. 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.


Living with Intention and Integrity [Spirituality for Normal People Podcast]

April 11, 2017. 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.


Three Ways to Curb Sibling Rivalry [The Presbyterian Record]

September 1, 2016. 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


Daily Devotions [These Days Magazine]

July-August-September, 2016. 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.


What is “Up!”? [Renewal Fellowship]

April 2016. 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.


Ministers as a Mission Project [The Presbyterian Record]

June 1, 2015. 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


Raising Boys [The Presbyterian Record]

February 1, 2015. 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


Improving Your Kids’ Lives [The Presbyterian Record]

October 1, 2014. 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).


Daily Devotionals [These Days Magazine]

July-August-September, 2014. Seven devotionals for the American devotional magazine called These Days: Daily Devotions for Living by Faith.


If You’re Raising Girls Don’t Make This Mistake [The Presbyterian Record]

April 1, 2015. 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.

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