The Masks We Wear

Some of my warmest memories from childhood are getting all dressed up usually in a homemade costume and going trick-or-treatingwith friends and family on Halloween. Isom’s Chapel United Methodist in Athens, Alabama, my home church, for many years hosted a

Remembering the Saints

You may be familiar with the amazing account of the migration of the Monarch butterfly, a lovely little creature who brings colorful beauty to our gardens in the summer. Every autumn, millions of monarchs from all over the eastern United

October 21, 2018: The Law of Love

“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,

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.