The Weekly Fill (03/19/16)

The weekly fill

Worth Reading 

The Spirit in the Old and New Testament

“One of the great questions that has plagued theologians throughout church history is that which concerns the role of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament by way of contrast with His work in the New Testament.”

Preaching Magazine Announces Albert Mohler’s Top 10 Book for Preachers in 2016

“Book lovers rejoice upon the annual announcement of Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s Top Books list in Preaching Magazine. Mohler, whose legendary reading habits are widely known, is a titan book consumer who reads as deeply as he does widely.”

This Video Explains How Stress Breaks Down Your Brain

“Chronic stress from being overworked, sleep deprivation, or relationship drama can have a negative impact on your abilities to learn, concentrate, and remember things.”

Six False Expectations That Diminish Our Happiness

“Most people intuitively know that our expectations profoundly affect our life experiences. Yet even as believers, we simultaneously expect too much and too little.”

Don’t Pray like a Pagan 

“Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:7 that we must not regard prayer as some kind of magical incantation, for that is how pagans pray. They recite certain phrases over and over again, with no understanding of what the words mean.”

Why Did They Hate Jesus?

“It is sometimes said that Jesus was killed on account of his inclusion and tolerance, that the Jews hated him for hanging out with sinners and tax collectors. This is the sort of sentiment which has a bit of truth to it, but only a tiny bit.”

Does Punctuation Really Matter?

“In 2014, I was laboring over the galley stages of my book on sovereignty and free will, called hand in Hand. (The small h in the title is deliberate, as is the capital—our little hand, God’s infinitely big Hand. And while capitalization isn’t exactly punctuation, it can be very significant.)”

Are Millennials Selfish and Entitled?

“The Internet lit up recently with outrage when a twenty-something woman complained about how hard it was to live in San Francisco, because her job didn’t pay her enough. The post, directed toward the woman’s employer, Yelp, caused many to point out that Millennials are, as a generation, lazy, self-obsessed, and entitled.”

A Marathon Mentality for Ministry

“I was always better at sprinting than running long distance–back in the days when I actually ran…back in High School. My wife, by way of contrast, was and is a marathon runner. One of the things that I’ve noticed as I have watched her run over the years is that she knows how to pace herself.”

“I Don’t Feel At Home In the Republican Party Anymore”

“That’s the feeling of a growing number of church-going evangelicals who feel increasingly displaced these days.”


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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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