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Something Better Than “Giving Something Up” For Lent?

2016-02-09T12:12:43-04:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ash Wednesday kicks off Lent — the 40-day period leading up to Easter (excluding Sundays). During that time, a lot of people “give something up.” Originally this had more to do with fasting, but now many take a broader approach. Here are some of the most popular casualties: Chocolate Alcohol Certain [...]

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Should We Care For Some People More Than Others?

2015-08-12T16:06:35-04:00August 12th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

With the exception of the odd Ebenezer Scrooge, most of us agree we should care for others. But is there an order? A “priority sequence”? With a question like this, it’s easy to sing platitudes. But I’ll be honest: before I even look at what the biblical writers have to say [...]

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Dopamine? What I’ve Learned Most After 45 Days of Writing

2015-06-23T15:18:31-04:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Dopamine. You mean that chemical that stimulates pleasure in our brains? Stay with me: I’ve been writing “Up!” for 45 days. (You can link to past entries here.) It’s a “devotional.” Something you do to nurture your devotion to God. Every Tuesday to Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. emails automatically fly [...]

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting… God

2015-05-27T13:32:59-04:00May 27th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Those books are everywhere. What To Expect When You’re Expecting… a baby. The idea is this: Help parents-to-be feel more prepared for something they will never be prepared to be. (And I’m not knocking the book. I haven’t read it. But I’m pretty sure it’s in the house somewhere!) But [...]

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12 Trends In The Church Today

2015-05-06T12:30:35-04:00May 6th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

We’re not in Kansas anymore. That’s pretty obvious. But maybe that’s a good thing. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on what’s happening in today’s church. So I thought I’d share. This isn’t an analysis of cultural trends, or a commentary on the church’s capacity to evolve. It’s a sharing of [...]

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Forget About “The Problem of Evil.” What About “The Problem of Good”?

2015-04-29T12:10:25-04:00April 29th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I talk to people about the existence of God, or when I read about this complex debate, it almost always comes up: What about "the problem of evil"? It's the idea that if God exists, and if God is good, why is there so much evil in the world? One [...]

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My New Daily Devotional Called “Up.” (Why bother?)

2015-04-20T13:22:25-04:00April 20th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m increasingly convinced that we don’t need more time or less tasks—but clearer priorities. Albert Einstein had 24 hours a day. So did Michelangelo. And Jesus! But here we are wishing we had a 25th hour. But if we got one, wouldn’t we just jam it with more of the un-important? https://twitter.com/MatthewRuttan/status/590211250174341120 [...]

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“I never lost faith in the end of the story” (A Former P.O.W. Gives Perspective-Shifting Words for Easter)

2015-04-05T14:07:32-04:00April 5th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Admiral James Stockdale was a prisoner of war for eight years during Vietnam. After those eight long years, author Jim Collins asked him how he ever survived. Stockdale replied, “I never lost faith in the end of the story. I never doubted not only that I would get out, but [...]

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6 Curious Questions About Easter You Always Wanted to Ask

2015-03-28T21:16:42-04:00March 28th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

"Easter is very important to me, it's a second chance." That's what singer Reba McEntire says. We all know it's significant. But how do a magical bunny, the names "Maundy" and "Good Friday," and the death of an innocent man all come together? These questions often arise this time of year [...]

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Prayer Advice from Martin Luther. Boom.

2015-03-17T14:52:09-04:00March 17th, 2015|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Anthony Ross was a rugged Scot known for eloquent speech. But an illness took his voice. He would never speak the same way again—but he was not totally devoid of words. He could still speak. Barely. As a result, his words had more weight. People would come from hundreds of miles to [...]

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