Sharing Our Faith Without Losing Your Friends

I don’t know about YOUR mother, but my mother gave frequent lectures about sharing when I was growing up. Maybe if my brother and I had been better about doing it, Mom wouldn’t have felt the need to remind us

Forgiveness Is Hard

Joe was dying. The news from his physician was grim. For years he’d been at odds with Bill, formerly one of his best friends. Wanting to straighten things out and reconcile, he sent word for Bill to come and see

When Hardships Come

Is there hope for the broken heart? Will the wounds ever heal? The novelist, Harry Crews, shares insight into this human condition that he learned as a child: “I became fascinated with the Sears Roebuck catalog because all the people

Have Doubts?

Woody Allen once said that he would have no difficulty believing in God, IF God would deposit $1,000,000 in a secret Swiss bank account in Woody’s name! You and I might not go that far, but Woody’s comment does spark

Why Is Faith Important?

Do you know what you believe and why you believe it? Picture this: you are having lunch with some coworkers. The talk around the table is going a bit everywhere, and then somewhere in the conversation you casually mention something

Why Are Women Allowed in the Ministry?

Both the Apostle Paul and United Methodist Movement Founder John Wesley were influenced by women in ministry roles. In this segment of Ask Me Anything, Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson elaborates and sheds light on women’s leadership within the United Methodist

Epiphany: How God Comes To Us

This coming Sunday, January 6, is known as the Feast of the Epiphany, a time when most Christians remember this day as the one where the Magi — the Wise Men — visited Jesus after traversing from far off following

A Very Special Christmas Gift

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I received the world’s greatest Christmas gift yesterday: my first grandchild. Madison Wallace McCormick was born yesterday morning and everyone is recovering well. Please do keep Madison in your prayers as

Do We Know Who He Is?

Throughout the past three Sundays of Advent, I have been sharing a series of messages designed just for this yuletide season titled, “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow!” Each week we have focused our attention, both in sermon and song, on

The Light of Christmas

It was during the dark winter of 1864. At Petersburg, Virginia, the Confederate Army led by Robert E. Lee faced the Union divisions under General Ulysses S. Grant. The war was now three-and-a-half-years-old and dreams of glory had long since