How Will Your Journey End?

Malcolm Muggeridge started out a doubter. He was an acclaimed reporter for the BBC and he viewed British Christianity as lifeless and dull. It did not excite him. In fact, to his reasoned, calculating way of thinking, Christianity made very

March 17, 2019: I Am the True Vine

Throughout the five Sundays of Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday, I will consider each declaration in turn and interpret how Jesus uses vivid images that capture our imagination, revealing more about the identity of Christ and our purpose as

Looking Beyond the Literal

In our Protestant religious culture, it’s fascinating to me that such strong emphases are placed on the literal interpretation of the Bible. Why? Jesus rarely spoke literally. He spoke in allegories, imagery, and parables. He painted word pictures. Instead of

Intentional Parenting

Many years ago a friend of mine went to a spring training game to see the Baltimore Orioles practice. His main goal was to get the autograph of legendary baseball player Cal Ripken.  During the game, Ripken fielded a ground

Sunday, March 10: “I Am the Bread of Life”

Throughout the five Sundays of Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday, I will consider each declaration in turn and interpret how Jesus uses vivid images that capture our imagination, revealing more about the identity of Christ and our purpose as

Ash Wednesday – A Day to Feel Miserable? Hardly!

Today is Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the holy season Lent, that period of the church year in which many people think we are supposed to feel miserable. After all, just prior to Ash Wednesday is Fat Tuesday

March 6, 2019: Ash Wednesday: The Ash Heap of History

Lent is the church season in which we prepare for Easter Sunday. It remains one of my most favorite seasons in the life of the church. It is a time to remember the temptation, the suffering, and the sacrifice of

What If I Don’t Agree with the General Conference Decision?

In this segment of Ask Me Anything, where Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson answers questions about life and faith with Asbury parishioners, Janet Hall O’Neil asks about the latest United Methodist Church General Conference decision not to allow gay