What Is This…


In this synagogue in Nazareth, the scrolls of the Torah await their reading by the community. The people gathered in these simple rooms to hear and experience the Word together. In doing so, their community found its identity.

The title for the blog comes from one of my favorite books of the Bible, Philippians. In particular, Paul writes in 4:8:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT)

Depending on your own spiritual health and the status of your relationships with God and others, you can read the title in at least one of two ways. For many of us, the act of ‘fixing’ represents a focal point for how we spend our mental and spiritual energy. Should we become people consumed by dark thoughts, then we become much more likely to be people of dark deeds. So, we set ourselves upon those things that inspire and reassure us.

For a few of us, we may need to take a more proactive stance and actually ‘repair’ ourselves…or at least make ourselves available to the Great Physician. In today’s ‘me’ society, I think it is all too easy to become a victim of petty thinking. Hopefully, you will find FYT a place where you can focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.

However you approach these discussions, remember the aim will always be to elevate the conversation above the noise currently choking the church today. I invite and encourage you to read and respond so that we might not trade our holiness in order to prove a point.