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.
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/therealmikedesotell/videos/vb.100004109559185/1203542886459352/?type=3
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: https://www.umcor.org/Search-for-Projects/Projects/3022144
God bless you.
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.
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).
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.