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.
Transcend The Categories

Transcend The Categories

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 We have a tendency, and I am guilty of it too, to compartmentalize our lives. We like to try and separate all of the different things we do…

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F∙R∙I∙E∙N∙D∙S

F∙R∙I∙E∙N∙D∙S

  A month or so ago Bri and I received our invitation to our 20th High School reunion this August. My first thought was “Has it really been that long?” followed by a look in the mirror, with a close examination of the gray in my beard and a slightly exasperated, “Yup. It sure has.”…

The Lost Word

The Lost Word

“When the king heard the words of the book of the Law, he tore his clothes.” 2 Kings 22:11 When I was seven years old, my family moved from an apartment to our first house. For me, it was the first time since my brother was born that I would have my own room, and…

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Fruitful or Firewood?

Fruitful or Firewood?

The 19th and 20th centuries saw the most rapid technological growth in the history of the world. We went from horse and buggy to walking on the moon in less than 100 years. The vast majority of these advances came in the latter half of the 20th century bringing computers from machines that took up…

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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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