Michael’s Sermons

 

Signaling Thanksgiving

Signaling Thanksgiving November 19, 2017 Exodus 16:1-8 So, Jack Purcell and I were going to Bethlehem First Methodist Church to play Pickle ball.  Jack is driving through downtown Winder and he hits every light green all the way through town and you’d think he’d won...

Monologue of John Smyth

November 11, 2017 Monologue of John Smyth:
The Father of the Baptist Movement “Good morrow. How do you fare today?” as we used to say back in the 1600’s.
 
 

Smyth is the name.  John Smyth.  We spell it the correct way, S-M-Y-T-H. I understand you spell it with an...

500 Years Ago, People Didn’t Know

November 5, 2017 Hebrews 4:12-16 David Ropeik remembers going to bed one night when he was 11, seriously afraid he would not be alive the next morning. It was October, 1962, and the frightening cold war between the U.S. and Soviet Union had become terrifyingly real....

Your Life Can Have Its Own Reformation


500 Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation October 29 Acts 3:38; Matthew 4:12 In 285 B.C., Alexandria was the largest and most prosperous city in the world.  It was a port city in northern Egypt founded by Alexander the Great. On the shore was a lighthouse...

Writing a Future Story Requires Faith

Judges 7:2-7 Baptists like to count.   Since one of the books of the Bible is called “Numbers,” maybe that’s not such a bad thing. I learned that keeping count in church was important when I attended church as a child at Prospect Baptist Church. In that country...

Is it Raining or is it Sprinkling?

October 15, 2017 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 In a two-minute video posted by the “Huffington Post” a few years ago, three very young children argue about whether it is raining or sprinkling.  The  video went viral.  This will be acted out today before the sermon by three...

Making Sense of Tragedy

Making Sense of Tragedy October 8, 2017 On Oct 1, 1997, Justin Safely was a seventh grader at Pearl, Mississippi.  He was waiting for his first class to start, but his choir teacher never arrived.  The class of about 60 students were having a good time goofing off....

The Love of Power or the Power of Love

October 1 The Love of Power or the Power of Love? Sermon 8 Mark 10:35-45 In a 2014 interview “60 Minutes” interview, FBI Director James Coney reminded us that we should be thankful that we have a system of checks and balances so that no one individual and no one...