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

Fresh Eyes and Listening Ears

This past Sunday I began a new, four-part sermon series for the season of Advent. Until December 23 we will focus on African-American Christmas spirituals and we began with “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow!” The song is based on the

Are We Willing to Wait on God?

This coming Sunday marks the beginning of the holy season of Advent, a time of preparation, a time of awaiting the arrival of the coming Messiah, a time of great expectation and vivid anticipation that are envisioned and forestalled across

The Quandary of Prayer

I must say that I struggle with these words of Jesus: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one