Contemplate the Excellent

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 The kind of “excellence” about which Paul speaks here has to do with moral excellence. It’s not about students doing an excellent job …

Pondering Things Pure

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.” Romans 12:2 (The Message) Paul prescribes a number …

Ruminate on What’s Right

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 As a prescription for healthy thinking Paul recommends a solid dose of what is true, a regular regimen of what is noble, and …

The Sermon in the Storm

The first three gospels record the story about how Jesus fell asleep in the storm-tossed boat while the disciples feared for their lives. “Don’t you care if we die?! Do something!” It occurred to me that after he quelled the squall in the sea, he turned to address the storm in the boat… “You of …