Podcast Interview: “That Christian in Recovery”

I had a blast talking with Verne at That Christian in Recovery. He and I have very different life-stories, but we also had a surprising amount in common with our struggles. Take a listen! That Christian in Recovery: "Pastor Michael J Scholtes Shares His Battle with Depression"

On Podcasts and Repentance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022. The gospel reading was Matthew 3:1-12. To view this sermon on YouTube, click here for the whole service (the gospel begins at 20:29, followed by the sermon). Before we talk about today’s gospel reading, I want … Continue reading On Podcasts and Repentance (Sermon)

My First Podcast Interview Released!

I'm happy to announce that you can now hear my interview with Paul Granger on the "Where Did You See God?" podcast. Paul has a great podcast where he has conversations with all sorts of people, "exploring how we can see God in the most unexpected and counter-intuitive places." Sounded like an appropriate place to … Continue reading My First Podcast Interview Released!

Darkwater is Free on Kindle for a Limited Time!

For a limited time, the Kindle edition of my book Darkwater: A Pastor's Memoir of Faith and Depression is free for purchase! If you haven't gotten a copy yet, now is a great time! If you've already purchased your copy, consider getting it as a gift for one, or two, or ten of your friends. … Continue reading Darkwater is Free on Kindle for a Limited Time!

Emmaus Labyrinth #50: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA

This is one of a series of posts about a trip I took to walk labyrinths in July 2022. See this post to see why I refer to these labyrinths as my "Emmaus labyrinths." Note: the numbering refers not to how many labyrinths I walked on this trip, but to the total number I've blogged … Continue reading Emmaus Labyrinth #50: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA

Darkwater is Free on Kindle for Prime Day!

Today and tomorrow (July 12-13) are Prime Day at Amazon. For these two days only, the Kindle edition of my book Darkwater: A Pastor's Memoir of Faith and Depression is free for purchase! If you haven't gotten a copy yet, now is a great time! If you've already purchased your copy, consider getting it as … Continue reading Darkwater is Free on Kindle for Prime Day!

Walking to Emmaus

“What does life look like to you? How would you describe it?” My spiritual director asked me that question in the middle of a session. It wasn’t a non sequitur; although I can’t recall now what the context was, her question was absolutely germane to that context. It didn’t sound out of place or contrived … Continue reading Walking to Emmaus

I don’t believe people can change

People never change. Their opinions and their thoughts are what they are, and nothing can change that. When I prepare sermons, and reflect upon sermons I’ve preached, I sometimes think, People never change. What’s the point of preaching? When I read about polarizing political topics, I often think, People never change. What’s the point in … Continue reading I don’t believe people can change