The Weekly Fill (03/12/16)

The weekly fill

Worth Reading 

Christians, Voting, and the Lesser of Two Evils

“The apostle Paul taught that the sword of Caesar is given by God to commend good and punish evil (Rom. 13:1-5). The Bible addresses the limits of this role, recounting those who use the sword in unjust ways and are held accountable to judgment (i.e., Revelation 13).”

These Are The Long-Term Effects Of Multitasking

“Georgetown Professor Cal Newport thinks uninterrupted, distraction-free deep work is so important that if you’re unable to do this at your current job, you should start looking for another.”

Everything That is Solid Melts Into Air – The New Secular Worldview

“Christians are the intellectual outlaws under the current secular conditions. To believe the truth claims of Christianity is to defy principalities and powers–and to face an intellectual onslaught.”

The Characteristics of Christian Zeal

“In our continuing series on the Puritan vision for Christian zeal (part 1, part 2), we now take up how they described its characteristics.”

We’re Called to Make Disciples, not Simply Converts

“We should take notice of what Jesus did not say in the Great Commission. He did not say, ‘Go therefore and make converts of as many people as possible.’”

The Psalter: Greatest Hits Or Concept Album?

“Are you a shuffle person or an album person? Do you prefer ‘greatest hits’ or the ‘album experience?’ Do you prefer Beatles’ #1 or Sgt Pepper?”

Andy Stanley and Dunbar Dynamics

“The Sunday before last Andy Stanley accused those who attend smaller churches of selfishness: ‘When I hear adults say ‘well I don’t like a big church. I like about 200, I want to be able to know everybody’ I say you are so stinking selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids, anybody else’s kids.'”

The good news about there being nothing new under the sun

“There are few truths about the human condition more profound than what we read in Ecclesiastes 1:9, ‘What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.’”

John the Baptist: The True Meaning of Greatness

“Imagine walking several grueling miles through rough, dry terrain to listen to an outcast from society proclaim a countercultural message that assaulted all your religious beliefs and practices. Not many of us would sign up for such a journey, or sit patiently through such a confronting sermon. And yet large crowds from Jerusalem and Jericho did just that, marching into the wilderness en masse to hear John the Baptist.”

Jesus Redeems a Psalm: What a Difference “Christotelicity” Makes!

“In the Bible, perhaps the most concentrated expression of praise for the faithfulness of God can be found in Psalm 89.”


David Grubbs: Reading the Bible as Literature

About Peter van Brussel

Peter is the Director of For His Glory Prison Ministry. Peter holds a BA in Pastoral Studies from Southwestern College, a MA in Theological Studies, and a M.Div. from Liberty University. Peter is married to Niki, and has two children. He has been saved by grace and seeks to share the Gospel with those who have been forgotten.
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