The chill is still gripping Michigan but you wouldn’t know it from the energetic discussion in Faith Fitness. One of our Faith Fitness members returned from a spiritual development retreat in Hawaii. OK, so we were all a little envious about the warm, balmy location far from the frigid Midwest. However, you and both know that you don’t need an exotic location to achieve spiritual health. And in any case, the real attraction was how our Faith Fitness participant described her transformative experiences. The topic is relevant given that Lent starts next week. It’s hard to believe that Ash Wednesday is just a week away.Read More →

Today is Transfiguration Sunday, a time when we consider Jesus’ true nature and learn about how we can also be transformed by God. If you somehow feel stuck in the spiritual doldrums, this story may light up your day with faith vitality. The story begins with Jesus trekking with three of his followers who are also, presumably, his closest friends (Peter, James and John). The four of these guys were in for a hike up a mountain whose location and name are lost to us today. Jesus had taken trips on, around and on top of all sorts of terrain, and yet these three apostlesRead More →

Today’s Sunday message comes from a closing section of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus quotes from the Old Testament Jewish law and then weaves it into a gospel tour de force. Be advised that the issues discussed are not for the squeamish! The notable theme of conciliation toward enemies distinguishes Matthew 5: 38-48. Jesus refers to Exodus 21:23-24, the “eye for an eye” section known as the law of retribution. Jesus flatly contradicts the law of retribution by saying that people should turn the other cheek and not resist the evildoer (Matthew 5:39). Jesus also speaks about giving freely to those who ask,Read More →