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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 seagoing vessels of the day. Furthermore, he wanted it to be a veritable work of art, a ship so beautiful that his neighboring monarchs would see what a sophisticated and creative nation Sweden was.

Read more from this Charisma Magazine article here.

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JOHN MACARTHUR, CESSATION THEOLOGY AND TRAINSPOTTING FOR CAVE DWELLERS

The arrogance of making experience into a theology that trumps Scripture is exceeded only by the arrogance of making lack of experience into a theology that trumps Scripture.

In Irvine Welsh's dark Scottish novel Trainspotting, a bum living in an abandoned train station tells others he is watching for trains. Of course it is useless. It is useless there, at least, in that abandoned station. Trains still run elsewhere in Scotland. Just not there.

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Mark Rutland: 'I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me'

Dr. Mark Rutland

The National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) celebrates 5 years of preparing men and women to faithfully lead the church, ministry or business with which God has trusted them and to take their organization to the next level.

Over the past 5 years Dr. Mark Rutland, Founder and Director of the NICL, has used his 45+ years of leadership experience to walk NICL participants through dealing with management issues, budgeting, staff and volunteers, turnarounds, attendance barriers and much more.

 Read more from this Charisma Magazine article here.

 

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10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was 21

Dr. Mark RutlandYou might think you're smart when you get out of college, but I suggest that the real education is only just the beginning. In an Amish kitchen in Bird-in-Hand, Pa., in the heart of Dutch country, I saw a sign I’ll never forget: “Too soon old, too late smart.” When I saw it, I thought it was memorable but hardly meaningful. I was 21. Now the words are meaningful, but I can barely remember the farmhouse. I am 64. Read more from this Charisma Magazine article here.

 

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Coach Thompson Sparks Great End-of-Season Run

 Girls Go 3-1 in Last Four GamesCoach Thompson Sparks Great End-of-Season Run

Roughly a month ago the House of Grace middle-school girls returned from playing basketball and reported that they had lost in all four of the games they played. In response, I began working with them on a regular basis, hosting voluntary practices twice a week, staging a 4-team playoff one weekend, and several pick-up games a week. It has been great fun, as several of the athletic “soccer-only” types have joined in from the middle school, as well as the basketball loving high-schoolers.

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Thanksgiving in Thailand

 Thompsons in ThailandThanksgiving in Thailand

I love fall.  I love the colors and the smells, the cool nights and warm days.  I love hot drinks and making pumpkin bread.  Last fall was one of my favorite and last Thanksgiving holds some of my sweetest memories.  It was my ideal.  Our family provided all the pies for both of our families.  I don’t remember how many pies we made, but it was a lot.  Each of my children had a special part in the creation of all those pies and the day we spent together was beautiful, full of family and games and laughter.

This year was different.  There were no colors, no hot drinks, and none of the right smells.  When I started the long process of making pumpkin pies from scratch, my children were not to be found.  It was the day before Thanksgiving and I was standing in the kitchen missing just about everything and everyone in my life.

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I love fall.  I love the colors and the smells, the cool nights and warm days.  I love hot drinks and making pumpkin bread.  Last fall was one of my favorite and last Thanksgiving holds some of my sweetest memories.  It was my ideal.  Our family provided all the pies for both of our families.  I don’t remember how many pies we made, but it was a lot.  Each of my children had a special part in the creation of all those pies and the day we spent together was beautiful, full of family and games and laughter.

t is about time that I write again on the subject which I love so much:  Kitchens.  I was laughing the other day as I walked away from the 3 lovely HofG staff ladies who serve roughly 1800 plates of food weekly.  They had just finishing making dinner and I had just finished teaching dance, so I joined them around the large metal prep table as they discussed the menu for the week.  I understood most of what they said.  Part-way through the conversation, they asked if there was anything that I wanted to learn to make.  I had a couple of wishes, Penang curry being one, and also a question.  I wanted to know how to make the broth for Guitio, a simple noodle soup that we eat every Saturday for lunch.  At my question, Doa got a big smile on her face and walked to the pantry.  She returned shortly with a bag in her hand.  A bag of guitio soup broth mix!

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ORU's Mark Rutland to Join Preaching Team at Jentezen Franklin's Church

Dr. Mark RutlandIn a synergistic alliance between old friends, Mark Rutland is joining the preaching team at Jentezen Franklin's fast-growing Free Chapel church. Both men are in a ministry transition of sorts and want to band together to build the kingdom of God. Free Chapel, a megachurch in the Atlanta area with a campus in Irvine, Calif., just opened its third location in Georgia. And Rutland will soon move from his role as the third president of Oral Roberts University (ORU). Read more from this Charisma News article here.

 

Oral Roberts University at one point was "hanging on by a thread," ORU President Mark Rutland said Thursday in an interview about his latest book.



Rutland writes about ORU's comeback from scandal, lawsuits and near-bankruptcy in his soon-to-be-released 14th book: "ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback."

In it, he draws from his leadership experiences at ORU, as well as another university and a mega-church he helped revive.

Rutland came to ORU in 2009. He was the first president who was not a member of the family of ORU's founding president, Oral Roberts.

ORU faced three major crises in the wake of the resignation of President Richard Roberts in late 2007: looming bankruptcy, inadequate governance and lack of leadership, Rutland said.

A $70 million gift from the Green family of Oklahoma City, the founders of Mardel, and a new board of trustees helped alleviate the first two crises.

"I was brought in to supply the leadership," he said.

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Basketball and the Zoo

 Basketball and the ZooLast week, Worrawon, the girl we sponsor, came back from a school basketball game where she and two other HoG girls played.

“How’d you do?” I asked.

“Not good. We lost 23-1.” was her reply.

I wanted to ask the question again, not sure I’d heard her response correctly. 23 to 1? That’s awful. That isn’t even fun. Don’t get me wrong. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m not a “WIN AT ALL COSTS” type of person. But I do think the point of playing competitive sports is being competitive.  I could read the disappointment in Worrawon’s face. Someone should do something? To read more of this article on the Thompson Family Blog, please click here.

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ORU President Rutland details school's major turnaround in his new book: Tulsa World Article

Dr. Mark RutlandOral Roberts University at one point was "hanging on by a thread," ORU President Mark Rutland said Thursday in an interview about his latest book.

Rutland writes about ORU's comeback from scandal, lawsuits, and near-bankruptcy in his soon-to-be-released 14th book: "ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback."

In it, he draws from his leadership experiences at ORU, as well as another university and a mega-church he helped revive.

Read more from this Tulsa World article here.

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Saving Girls at Risk: Gathering Magazine Article

Hundreds of tribal girls in Northern Thailand who were "at risk" of being sold into sexual slavery, have become educated, independent, women of God because of Global Servants' House of Grace. Emily [Leatherbarrow] is the coordinator of Thai operations for Global Servants. She oversees the staff and home, corresponds with each girl's sponsor, coordinates mission teams and raises funds for House of Grace. Read more from this Gathering article here.

 

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Local Pastor Travels to Ghana, Thailand: CovNews Article

Dr. Mark Rutland While Ronny Brannen is known mostly in Covington as the pastor of the Prospect Church UMC, he is Uncle Ronny to more than 100 girls in both Thailand and Ghana.

To one Thai girl in particular, he is lovingly known as father.

Pastor Brannen serves on the board of Global Servants, an outreach ministry that serves Ghana and Thailand. The ministry has established numerous churches in both countries. In addition to the churches, the ministry has opened a girls' home in Thailand and Ghana.

"We have a girls' home in Northern Thailand," said Brannen. "here we are just opening a girls' home in Ghana and there are six little girls."

Read more from this Cov News article here.

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Dr Mark Rutland: Christian Leadership

Dr. Mark Rutland Dr. Mark Rutland currently serves as president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He was the first ORU president not in the Roberts family, and was the choice of the late ORU founder, Oral Roberts, for the position. He was named to head ORU in 2009 after Richard Roberts, the son of Oral Roberts, was forced to resign amid a wrongful termination lawsuit and millions of dollars of debt at ORU. Rutland is a nationally recognized leader in organizational turnaround. In fact, in the past 25 years of leadership, he’s been credited for the dramatic turnaround of three organizations. He’s led a Florida megachurch, Calvary Assembly, out from the brink of bankruptcy, and then brought Southeastern University, an Assemblies of God college in Lakeland, Florida, from a small, dying Bible college to a thriving university in one decade. And now, ORU had reaped benefits of his leadership, as well.

Read more from this 700 Club article here.
Watch the 700 Club interview here.

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Miracle Man: Tulsa World Article

Dr. Mark Rutland No one observing the crisis in management at Oral Roberts University expected a miracle in 2009 when Mark Rutland took on the presidency.

Rutland was the first outsider to lead an institution that, throughout its 50-year history, had been led by namesake founder, Oral Roberts, and later, Roberts' son, Richard Roberts.

Under the latter, ORU underwent financial chaos - some of it attributed to the lavish spending habits of Richard Roberts' family. Students and faculty, with ample justification, lost faith in Richard Roberts' leadership skills.
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Church Executive: Radical Turnarounds

Dr. Mark Rutland Trust, confidence, leadership - but the greatest is vision.

I have been the leader/CEO through three institutional turnarounds over the last 25 years. One was a megachurch and two were universities. While each one was unique in some of its challenges, there were issues as well as leadership and management tools that were common and applicable to all three.


Calvary Church in Orlando, FL, had been a beacon of spectacular growth in the 1970s. High-octane worship, cutting-edge innovation and unbridled hubris were the volatile cocktail that first fueled Calvary – then blew it to pieces. Scandal rocked it like a bomb before steady decline dragged it into debt, diminished attendance and finally, bankruptcy.

Read more from this Church Executive article here.

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TBN Panel on Education

Dr. Rutland talks education on an exclusive TBN panel with fellow guests, including Mike Huckabee and Tommy Barnett.

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Daystar Interview with Dr. Mark Rutland

Dr. Rutland tells the story of House of Grace in a Daystar television interview.

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Inside a Tulsan's Office: Tulsa People Article

Dr. Mark and Allison Rutland Looking through the wall of windows lining one side of Mark Rutland's office, the campus of Oral Roberts University comes into focus. Rutland, who has a Ph.D. in church growth and became the third president of ORU in July 2009, now offices in space occupied by Oral Roberts only 13 years ago.

The whole philosophy of the university is embodied in this office, Rutland says: "Open up, lighten up, brighten up and loosen up."

Alison, his wife of more than 44 years, helped redecorate the office, and her picture is seen throughout the space.

Read more from this Tulsa People article here.

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ORU President Finishes First Year: Tulsa World

For Mark Rutland, who completed his first year as the president of Oral Roberts University on July 1, it's always been about the students.

"I love the faculty, and I'm crazy in love with the students," Rutland said.

"A bond with the students developed faster than I had any right to expect. I'm devoted to them. I absolutely love them. They're bright, articulate, challenging, fun and deeply committed. It's an impressive group of young people."

When Rutland was first advised about the ORU job, he turned it down. At the time, he was the president of Southeastern University, an Assemblies of God college in Lakeland, Fla., that during the previous 10 years he had brought from a small, dying Bible college to a thriving university. 

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20100707_18_A1_MarkRu749787&archive=yes

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ORU President Shares His Life's Journey: Tulsa World Article

Twenty-some years ago, long before he became president of Oral Roberts University last year, Mark Rutland was sitting in a cafe in Thailand pouring out his troubled heart to a local pastor.

The night before, a pimp on the street had offered him a young girl.

"I was horrified," he said.

The pastor listened patiently while he railed against the local child sex trade, insisting that someone should do something about it. 

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20100703_18_A13_OralRo344744&archive=yes

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