Love Your Enemies? Jesus Can’t Be Serious…Can He?

Love your enemies? In this day and age? Jesus can’t be serious! Especially when we see those infamous television images of the jetliners barreling into the Twin Towers for the thousandth time, or when we see the occasional social media

Helping or Enabling?

Parishioner Shannon Price joins Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson in this segment of Ask Me Anything. Along with his response to whether it’s right to help and encourage the ones we love, Pastor Kip answers a personal question: what advice would

October 14, 2018: Salt and Light

“The most important message that Jesus preached is recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew chapters 5-7.  It is full of unnerving notions and explosive ideas that for two thousand years the Church has been trying to tame. In short,

October 7, 2018: In Search of True Happiness

“The most important message that Jesus preached is recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew chapters 5-7.  It is full of unnerving notions and explosive ideas that for two thousand years the Church has been trying to tame. In short,

Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous

A friend once came to Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of the book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, and said to him: “Two weeks ago, for the first time in my life, I went to the funeral of a

September 30, 2018: The Rich Fool

About This Series: “There is a basic difference between an explorer and a tourist. The tourist travels quickly, stopping only to observe the highly noticeable or publicized points of interest. The explorer, on the other hand, takes time to search

Why Do Some People Have Trouble with Those Who Are Gay?

In this segment of Ask Me Anything with Pastor Kip, Asbury UMC Member and Ambassador Patricia Hipps asks Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson for his perspective on this difficult question. Pastor Kip reminds us of God’s commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself.

What Are the Top Priorities In Your Life?

A motivational teacher was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will probably never forget. As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said,

September 23, 2018: Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

About This Series: “There is a basic difference between an explorer and a tourist. The tourist travels quickly, stopping only to observe the highly noticeable or publicized points of interest. The explorer, on the other hand, takes time to search

Why Would Jesus Curse a Fig Tree?

Take a few moments and consider these words from the Gospel of St. Mark: “The next day, after leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. From far away, he noticed a fig tree in leaf, so he went to see if he