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Cedarville Stories Podcast: Jesus is the Messiah

by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

Dr. Michael SherrHis Hebrew name is Mordecai, like the caretaker of Esther in the Old Testament. He attended Hebrew school and grew up in a conservative Jewish home. But throughout his childhood, Dr. Michael Sherr, Chair of the Cedarville University Department of Social Work, had questions.

At 23 years old, Michael lost his grandfather, and several months later, his mom passed from colon cancer. The bigger questions of life began to surface for him: Is there a God? What’s the purpose of life?

“I just decided one day to open up a Bible,” he shares in the podcast. “I prayed, ‘Lord, teach me what you want me to learn.’ I’ve been doing that every day since.”

For Michael, the Gospel and the Word of God are the lenses through which he evaluates and interprets everything, from the impact of the current COVID pandemic to the way he conducts research and teaches.

“Jesus is the Messiah,” he says. “That honestly is the only thing I would say is completely and utterly true. That and the authority of Scripture.”

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Michael and his colleague Dr. Christson Adedoyin are considering the ways that social distancing has impacted human interactions.

Michael helped form the Association of Christians in Health and Human Services.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Science in social work program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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