Grace Cubed

"Justification II The Legend of Curly's Gold" with Rev. Corey Simon

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By Pastor Mike
An ordinary pastor sits down to talk with ordinary people about their extraordinary God.
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"God's Generous Heart" Sermon
The first Sunday in Lent. First fruits and the power of remembering.
March 13, 2019
"Peek-a-boo" Sermon
Recently global representatives of the United Methodist Church gathered in St. Louis for a special meeting to try and find middle ground on the issue of changing the language in our denominations rule book about LGBTQ persons to be more inclusive. The results were less than pretty. Here is my sermon immediately following that conference.  To my friends who can no longer be my friends because of my stance and belief on this subject all I can say is I'm sorry. Your friendship means a great deal to me but it does not mean enough for me to ignore the harm our denomination is doing in the world when it comes to LGBTQ+ people. St. Louis, among other things, obliterated the center and since I can no longer stand there in good conscience I must stand where all who follow Christ should, with the oppressed and the marginalized. 
March 13, 2019
"The Point" Sermon
This is the third and final sermon on giving beyond ourselves. Please feel free to come and check us out in person sometime. Our service times are 9:30am at St. Matthew's in Ypsilanti (1344 Borgstrom Ave. Ypsilanti, MI) and 11:00am at Cherry Hill in Canton (321 S. Ridge Rd. Canton, MI). We look forward to seeing you and journeying with you. 
March 13, 2019
"Life that is" Sermon
Sermon 2 of the 3 part series on giving. If you are interested in helping with the needs of The Hope Clinic please follow this link:
March 13, 2019
"Love My WHAT?!?!" Sermon
This sermon is the first in a three part series by Pastor Mike during our recent pledge drive. Our focus this year was giving above and beyond our own needs. During this sermon Pastor Mike shows two videos. The first, you can pause your listening and follow this link to view the video in its entirety: For the second the audio has been spliced into the podcast so you can hear the information being given about UMCOR's global migration advance. If you would like more information about or to give to the global migration advance please follow this link: God bless you.
March 13, 2019
"Splash" Luke 3:15-17; 21-22
January 14, 2019
"Find" Matthew 2:1-12
Sermon for Epiphany 2019
January 14, 2019
Pastor Mike explore the meaning of the only childhood story of Jesus that we find in the gospels from Luke 2:41-52
December 31, 2018
"Enter The Story" Christmas Eve 2018
This recording is from our 11pm candle light service. You can read the birth narrative found in Luke 2:1-20 for scriptural context. 
December 27, 2018
"REFINE" Sermon Advent week 2
*Note: We will be skipping week 3 of the Advent sermon series as the message from week 3 will be in the form of the children's Christmas Pageant. 
December 27, 2018
It's the first week of Advent. Please enjoy this sermon. Special thanks to my friends Nic and Dianna for allowing me to share part of their story.
December 10, 2018
Going Up To Jerusalem
Shopping and Singing and Reuniting with Old Friends
November 16, 2018
Falling Into Jordan
Pastors Mike and Corey sit down with Bishop David Alan Bard to talk about their Holy Land experience today.
November 14, 2018
Romans "The Conclusion" with Rev. Bri Desotell
I finally got Bri to sit down and do an episode with me. I had a blast recording this episode. I hope you all enjoy it. @revmikeumc on twitter
October 24, 2018
"Holy Kiss" Sermon Romans 16
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October 16, 2018
"Better Together" Sermon Romans 15
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October 16, 2018
"Kitchen Nightmares" Sermon Romans 14:1-12
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October 1, 2018
"The Art of Authority" Romans 13 with Ron Depentu
Pastor Mike sits down with Ron DePentu of Cherry Hill UMC to discuss Romans 13, a passage that made news last July during the crisis surrounding the separating of refugee children from their parents. Have a listen as Pastor Mike and Ron discuss this scripture and several other topics that come up along the way.
October 1, 2018
"I.O.U." Sermon Romans 13
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October 1, 2018
"Therefore" Sermon Romans 12 remix
Way too much good stuff in Romans 12 to preach in one week so here is week two of Romans 12. I could probably get a couple more weeks out of it but Romans 13 awaits and I cannot avoid it any longer (LOL).
September 17, 2018
"Genuine Love" Episode 12 with Scott Heinowski
Pastor Mike sits down with Scott Heinowski to talk all things Romans 12. From being a living sacrifice to genuine love. Enjoy!
September 14, 2018
"Renewable Resource" Sermon Romans 12:1-8
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September 14, 2018
"Born on Third Base" Romans 11 with Jan MacDonald
Pastor Mike and Jan MacDonald talk about some seeming discrepancies between Paul in chapter 8 and Paul in chapter 11. They also hit on topics ranging from Jesus not being what Israel was expecting to how ancient Hebrew writing can also be played as music. Tune in and enjoy.
September 4, 2018
"In & Out" Sermon Romans 11
In "In & Out" Pastor Mike explores Paul's conclusion to the question of inclusion for Israel. Are they in? Are they out? Listen and find out.
September 4, 2018
"Justification II The Legend of Curly's Gold" with Rev. Corey Simon
*Please forgive the quality of the recording for this episode. The only time Pastor Corey and I had to record was in the car on the way to an event and the recording got a bit jumpy. That said enjoy this episode with friend of the show, Rev. Corey Simon.
August 27, 2018
"Saved" Sermon Romans 10
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August 27, 2018
"Talking Clay" Sermon Romans 9
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August 20, 2018
"What About Israel?" Episode 9 with Rev. Jeff Nelson
Pastor Mike sits down with Rev. Jeff Nelson on location in beautiful Northern Michigan to talk about Romans chapter 9.
August 20, 2018
"Truth + Dare" Sermon Romans 8
Sermon: Romans 8:28-39
August 12, 2018
"No Condemnation" Episode 8 with Beth Hilton
Pastor Mike sits down with Beth Hilton from the congregation at St. Matthew's UMC in Ypsilanti to discuss the resounding crescendo that is Romans 8.
August 12, 2018
"SIN" Episode 7 Romans 7 with Jim Hunter
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July 24, 2018
"I Don't Understand" Sermon Romans 7:15-25
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July 24, 2018
"Baptized into Death" Episode 6 Romans 6 with Laura Bonneville
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July 15, 2018
"Free to Serve" Sermon Romans 6:12-23
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July 15, 2018
"Symmetry" Episode 5 Romans 5 with Rev. Katie Waggoner
This week on Grace Cubed Pastor Mike sits down with clergy colleague and friend, Rev. Kattie Waggoner, to discuss Romans 5 and the comparisons made between Adam and Jesus.
July 9, 2018
"Hope, Sow" Sermon Romans 5:1-8
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July 9, 2018
"The Reckoning" Sermon Romans 4:1-13
Sermon 4 in Pastor Mike's series on Paul's letter to the Church at Rome.
July 2, 2018
"Father Abraham" Episode 4 with Phyllis Bordine: Romans 4
Pastor Mike sits down with Phyllis Bordine to discuss Romans 4 and the implications of being the spiritual children of Abraham.
July 2, 2018
"We All Fall Down" Sermon Romans 3:19-25
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June 27, 2018
"No One Righteous" Episode 3 with Dan Raglin: Romans 3
Pastor Mike talks with Dan Raglin, Lay Leader at St. Matthew's UMC in Ypsilanti, MI, about sin and how it affects our view of each other.
June 25, 2018
"Do, or Do Not" Sermon Romans 2:12-16
Pastor Mike preaches about being "doers" of the word and not only those who hear. In the wake of a national figure claiming biblical authority to do reprehensible things to children it is very important to know that it is not those who know every word of the law that are righteous, but those who do those words.
June 19, 2018
"Hypocrisy" Episode 2 with Kathy Orscheln: Romans 2
On this episode of the Grace Cubed podcast Pastor Mike sits down with Kathy Orscheln for a conversation about hypocrisy and integrity.
June 18, 2018
"Degrading Passions"
Pastor Mike sits down with Bob Simmons, a member of​ Cherry Hill United Methodist Church, to discuss Romans 1:26-27. This episode does deal heavily with LGBTQ+ issues and there are references made to the existence of sexual intercourse. Listener discretion is advised.
June 11, 2018
"The Exchange" Sermon Romans 1:16-23
This is the sermon audio from our worship service on June 10, 2018. The companion podcast for this sermon is "Degrading Passions" with Bob Simmons.
June 10, 2018
Historically Speaking
Pastor Mike sits down with Pastor Corey Simon to discuss some of the historical importance of the book of Romans as well as what Grace Cubed means. Pastor Corey is a United Methodist Pastor in the Michigan Area serving two churches near the Ohio border.
June 4, 2018
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