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Pastor Mike Novotny

Pastor Mike Novotny

Pastor Mike Novotny has served God’s people in full-time ministry since 2007 in Madison and, most recently, at The CORE in Appleton, Wisconsin. He also serves as the lead speaker for Time of Grace, where he shares the good news about Jesus through television, print, and online platforms.

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Why does racism exist?

A few years ago, I tried to explain racism to my kids. I defined racism as the belief that races are not distinct equals…

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His love is for the world

I’m so glad that Jesus wasn’t racist. The Novotny family tree reaches its branches back to modern Germany and the Czech Republic. Lots of…

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A multiracial Messiah

The other day, I tried to track down all the Jesuses in my office. I gathered every painting, picture, icon, and action figure. Then…

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Why?

Did you hear about that jury trial for the evil cat who murdered the innocent mouse? Snuck up on her while she was trying…

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God & transgender (Part 5)

God gave us a gender (male or female); sin broke our bodies (including our sense of gender); Jesus’ body was broken to give us…

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God & transgender (Part 3)

Do you think Jesus experienced the same temptation that many transgender people face? Jesus is God—all-powerful, eternal, present everywhere—but two thousand years ago, when…

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God & transgender (Part 2)

If God created us “male and female” and declared that our genders are “very good” (Genesis 1:27,31), why do so many people—even God-fearing, Spirit-filled…

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God & transgender (Part 1)

How should Christians approach their transgender questions? When we (or someone we love) feel a disconnect between our brains and our biological bodies, what…

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God & Gender: What About Transgender? (Part 2)

If God created us male and female, why have so many of God’s sons questioned if he actually created them to be his daughters? And why have so many Christian women wondered if they were really made to be God’s sons? Paul indirectly answered these questions when he wrote about the struggles of life in this broken world. Both parts of this message intend to explain the transgender temptation and offer hope and encouragement to those facing it.

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God & Gender: What About Transgender? (Part 1)

If God created us male and female, why have so many of God’s sons questioned if he actually created them to be his daughters? And why have so many Christian women wondered if they were really made to be God’s sons? Paul indirectly answered these questions when he wrote about the struggles of life in this broken world. Both parts of this message intend to explain the transgender temptation and offer hope and encouragement to those facing it.

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God & Gender: In Marriage (Part 2)

Perhaps now more than ever, Americans find the idea of distinct gender roles as outdated, offensive, and oppressive. Much more preferable, many believe, is to recognize God-given gifts, regardless of gender. How does such thinking fit into the biblical view that Paul lays out in Ephesians chapter 5 where husbands are the “heads” of their wives and wives are called to submit to their husbands? How do biblically committed Christians winsomely explain these verses in our modern age?

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God & Gender: In Marriage (Part 1)

Perhaps now more than ever, Americans find the idea of distinct gender roles as outdated, offensive, and oppressive. Much more preferable, many believe, is to recognize God-given gifts, regardless of gender. How does such thinking fit into the biblical view that Paul lays out in Ephesians chapter 5 where husbands are the “heads” of their wives and wives are called to submit to their husbands? How do biblically committed Christians winsomely explain these verses in our modern age?