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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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Hope From Israel: Jesus Was Exclusive AND Inclusive

The divisions we see in religions, philosophies, and people aren’t new. Tensions existed in Jesus’ time too. Yet what did God still do? As we continue to grapple with these turbulent and divisive times, Pastor Mike reminds us of how God loves all his people—people from all walks of life; imperfect, everyday people like us. This series was recorded earlier this year when Pastor Mike was in Israel.

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Hope From Israel: Jesus Wasn’t White

Even back in the first century, the church argued about who God’s love is for. Sound familiar? As we continue to grapple with these turbulent and divisive times, Pastor Mike reminds us of how God loves all his people—people from all walks of life; imperfect, everyday people like us. This series was recorded earlier this year when Pastor Mike was in Israel.

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God & Gender: In the Church (Part 1)

First Timothy chapter 2 is a chapter in the Bible many Christians wish was not written. The apostle Paul’s words seem patriarchal and downright impossible. No elaborate hairstyles? or expensive clothes? Women in church must be “quiet”? Really? Both parts of this message, which are based on 1 Corinthians, seek to faithfully explore Paul’s provocative words from 1 Timothy in context and the issue of men and women working together in the church.

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God & Gender: God’s Design for Men & Women (Part 2)

In the beginning, when everything was perfect, God created people. Not only did he create Adam and Eve “in his image,” he also “created them male and female.” This message lays the foundation for our faith when it comes to gender, a faith in the Father who loves everyone of the children he has created.

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God & Gender: God’s Design for Men & Women (Part 1)

In the beginning, when everything was perfect, God created people. Not only did he create Adam and Eve “in his image,” he also “created them male and female.” This message lays the foundation for our faith when it comes to gender, a faith in the Father who loves everyone of the children he has created.

Bible 101

That’s Messed Up: Not Just a Boys’ Club

A quivering commander. A female savior. A housewife who plunges a tent peg through a general’s brain. That’s messed up! But that’s what happened in Deborah’s day. Her unlikely story proves that God blesses and saves his people through those we would least expect—little children, common mothers, and a carpenter from Nazareth.

Friends & Family

An ode to the guy from the bathroom

I wish you would’ve met Charles. I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall…

Friends & Family

What I learned from “The Sex Talks”

This past October, I talked in church about sex. For four straight weeks. If you’re doing the sermon math, that was over two hours…

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Is It Okay to Be Spiritual but Not Religious?

Have you been wounded by the church?

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Spiritual but Not Religious Compilation

Pastor Mike’s messages this week focused on the difference between being spiritual and being religious and looked at why it’s important to have a church community. Catch up on the entire series today!

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When Being “Spiritual but Not Religious” Failed

Has it been a long time since you’ve been connected to a religious community?

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Pastors Need Your Prayers

Let’s ask God to help us forgive the pastors who have disappointed us and to help us reconnect in an intentional way.