Michael’s Sermons

 

This Is How People Know You Are a Disciple

For most of us, the thought of washing someone’s feet is repulsive unless it is someone we know really, really well and even then we are not very willing. A few years ago, I served as the camp pastor at a youth camp at Ricks Institute, which is sixteen miles outside...

What is Your M.I.T?

Matt. 6:19-34 March 25, 2018 Back in my youth minister years, some Sunday evenings the teenagers would show up for a field trip. I did not tell them ahead of time where we were going.   Each field trip was a surprise and each destination served a teaching purpose. One...

And When You Pray

Matthew 6:5-15 March 18, 2018 The Gospel of Matthew was written about 30 years after Jesus preached to a large group of people on hillside in Galilee.  It’s not likely Matthew remembered the exact sequence of Jesus’ teachings.  It’s not likely Jesus left him a copy of...

Are You Just Acting?

March 11, 2018 Matthew 6:1-8 Last Monday night, the Oscars were handed out.  Hollywood gave its top awards to those people who did the best job in movies for pretending to be someone else. A very odd thing happened afterward at the Governor’s Ball.  A man named...

Love My Enemies? Are You Crazy?

Matthew 5:43-48 March 4, 2018 What if some of what you have heard about God isn’t true?  What if some of the ways you are living, which you thought were based on God’s teachings, are not what God wants you to be doing? That was the case for the people Jesus was...

Revenge is Not in the Christian Lexicon

Matthew 5:38-42 Feb. 25, 2018 Welcome to some of the most misunderstood and most controversial words of Jesus. An uncareful reading of this passage makes it sound as if a disciple of Jesus should let evil rule the day, that we have no right to protect ourselves from...

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

February 19, 2018 Matthew 5:33-36 Am I the only one that thinks this or do you agree that there is there a lot of lying going on these days? Every week, it seems that journalists are trying to determine who is telling the truth as they report the news. Of course, a...

Christ’s Way to Love: Denying Self

Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day February 14, 2018 So today is the day that we celebrate L-O-V-E. My first memory of Valentine’s Day goes back to my first-grade class.  Our assignment was to bring a valentine for our classmates.  All the valentines were put into a...

Who Gets the Church?

February 5, 2018 Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:1-10 One day I received a call in my office at Trinity Baptist Church and an unmistakable voice said, “Hey, Mike. I’ve got a question for you.” I said, “O.K. What is it?” “Who gets the church?” I said, “What?” He said, “Yeah....