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

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

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

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

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.