Author: Michael Desotell

Pastor Mike is 38 years old and serves two United Methodist Churches in Southeast Michigan. He has been married to his wife, Bri (also a UMC pastor), for 11 years. They have two beautiful daughters at home with them and an amazing little boy in heaven. Pastor Mike enjoys good music, great coffee, the company of good friends, and writing things that matter.
Let It Go

Let It Go

I confess, I have young children; even typing the words “let it go” cues up the song from Disney’s Frozen in my mind. While it may be fun to belt out in the shower once in a while, that sentiment – “let it go” – is much easier sung than done. After my first service…

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More Than The Sum of Our Labels

More Than The Sum of Our Labels

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 Every human being, each and every one of us, is made in the image and likeness of God. For some of you, reading that line makes someone pop into your head who…

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Truth & Action

Truth & Action

Doubt. In a lot of Christian circles, “doubt” is a four letter word. People are taught and encouraged to be certain of their faith, of the existence of God, of the future destiny of both those who believe and those who don’t. There are traditions within Christianity that do not look too kindly on questions.…

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The Journey Is The Joy

The Journey Is The Joy

“Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had spent in doing it, and again, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. ” Ecclesiastes 2:11 When David’s son, Solomon, ascended to the throne, we are told that he was…

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“Ghost Stories & Fish Tales”

“Ghost Stories & Fish Tales”

I am a grown human being. I have traveled abroad. I have studied and been trained and highly educated. I know. I KNOW. There is no such thing as vampires, zombies, werewolves, or boogey-monsters. (Alien abductions will be covered in a different sermon.) Yet, this week, at around 6:30 one morning, I heard a slight…

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A Pint With The Pastor

A Pint With The Pastor

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon;’ the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” Matthew 11:18-19 Odds are better than good that there are…

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“490”

“490”

John 20:19-31 Sermon Audio A few years back my wife and I attempted to introduce our then 6 year old daughter Michaela, to the Star Wars universe. We could tell even before Luke met Obi Wan that she needed a few more years before she could handle that much awesomeness. We decided to try it…

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Deny the Resurrection

Deny the Resurrection

A few years back, I was very excited to get to meet an author I admire, a man named Peter Rollins. Rollins is a post-modern philosopher from Belfast and a fantastic theologian (though he calls himself a pyro-theologian). He has written many books with titles like “The Fidelity of Betrayal,” “The Idolatry of God,” “The Divine…

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Road Maps

Road Maps

“How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in my pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.“ Psalm 119:9-10 (The Message)      As Methodist pastors who will move several times in the course of our careers my wife…

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“Idle Tales”

“Idle Tales”

Luke 24:1-12 Audio Those who know me know that I love to laugh. I will laugh at just about anything, even the things I probably shouldn’t. I try to find the humor in every situation because I believe, in my heart, that when God spoke the universe into creation the sound, the language, that came…

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