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Bob Kaylor
Monument, CO
I am a preacher, writer, drummer, and dad. Lead Pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church and Senior Writer for Homiletics.
Interests: Reading history and theology, writing, playing the drums, being outside, and following my hometown Pittsburgh sports teams.
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Mark 4:35-41 One of the great highlights of a trip to Israel is taking a boat across the Sea of Galilee, which is the location of many of the events of Jesus' ministry in the Gospels. It's a beautiful place... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Bob Kaylor
An Enemy Has Done This Matthew 13:24-30 When I was a kid, I used to love going to my grandpap’s little farm rural western Pennsylvania, where he kept a huge garden filled with marvelous things. I remember working with him... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Bob Kaylor
The lines at the box office stretch all the way around the block. It is opening night at a play that has left all the critics buzzing. The audience is curious as they begin to settle in their seats, curiously... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Bob Kaylor
Psalm 13 The morning of Saturday, November 1, 1755 dawned as another beautiful day in the seaside town of Lisbon, Portugal. It was All Saints Day, and most of the population was in church that morning, reflecting the fact that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Bob Kaylor
What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Presence of God Tsunamis, earthquakes, famines, accidents, senseless killings, diseases, wars--these and other devastating forces lead Christians to ask painful questions. Is God all-powerful? Is God good? How can God allow so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Bob Kaylor
From the current issue of Homiletics, my Senior Writer's Block column on being a follower before being a leader: When I came to my current church in 2010, I remember that we had a long discussion about what my official... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Titus 2:11-14 The little seaside town of Demre, in Turkey, isn’t exactly the North Pole. It rarely snows there. Palm trees and orange groves dot the landscape. You won’t hear sleigh bells here, just the sound of the Muslim call... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Hosea 1:2-10 It must have been frontpage news at the supermarket checkout counters in Israel, right next to the hummus and the Tic-Tacs: “Local Prophet Marries Prostitute” screamed the headline of the Israel Inquirer. “Holy Man Hosea Hooks Up with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
I had just finished officiating at a funeral yesterday when I came into the office and heard the news about the horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Death is the enemy that stares us all in the face on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Micah 5:2-5a So, have you put up your Christmas tree yet? We have the same debate every year at our house—when to put it up, when to take it down, etc. I know lots of people have different traditions about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Ephesians 6:10-20 Mention the word “armor” and most people conjure up images of medieval knights in shiny metal suits jousting in a tournament. Mention it to a soldier serving “downrange” in a modern battle space, however, and you’ll get a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 I remember the day in fifth grade when we got to choose what band instrument we wanted to play. To this day I’m not sure why I did it, but I passed up all the shiny brass instruments,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Ephesians 4:1-16 Well, it’s Veteran’s Day week, time for thoughtful remembrance of all those who have served. Although it doesn’t seem to be happening this year, this weekend is usually a time when all the movie channels on TV show... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Ephesians 1:3-14 One of the love-hate relationships that writers have is with their editors. I have worked with several over the years and, as writers are wont to do, I have to sometimes grudgingly admit that their input does, indeed,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Matthew 20:20-28 Well, we’re coming closer to the end of the political campaign season. We’ve been hearing the debates, then hearing the pundits tell us what we heard. We’ve heard the arguments from both sides—each candidate’s vision for the country... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Matthew 25:14-30 We know we’re in a tough economy these days, and it seems like there’s nowhere you can put your money where you know it is safe. Banks have failed, your 401k or pension is losing your money rather... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Opened up the morning paper to find an article based on a Pew Research study that reveals that the number of people in the U.S. who are unaffiliated to any religious group has jumped to 19.6%, up from 8% in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Luke 10:1-12 As many of you know, I spent two summers in college working at the Gettysburg battlefield.. One of my favorite people in Gettysburg is a guy named, ironically, Jim Getty. Now if you met Jim, you’d immediately know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
A few years back, I was reading Brian McClaren’s trilogy of books, A New Kind of Christian, which challenged my thinking in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to the formation of a particular worldview. McClaren used a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Isaiah 6:1-8 When Carol Crane was a child in first grade, she mystified her teacher and her classmates when she wondered aloud why the number five, displayed in a row of other numbers above the chalkboard was yellow, when it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Revelation 10:1-11 So, the first question that comes to mind when I read this text from Revelation is this: What does a book taste like? Well, if you ever get lost in a Land Rover in the middle of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Confederate dead in front of the Dunker Church on the Antietam Battlefield. Today, September 17, 2012, marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg), which is widely considered to be the single... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
A few years ago I was at a retreat for pastors where we were asked to draw a timeline of our spiritual lives, charting the ups and downs of all the things that we had experienced so far. When I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
Mark 12:28-34 When I was a kid we used to take long car trips to my grandparents’ place several times a year. While it was only about an hour and a half drive, to my sisters and me it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Bob Kaylor
"The day of the Lord's Supper is an occasion of joy for the Christian community. Reconciled in their hearts with God and the brethren, the congregation receives the gift of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and, receiving that,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Bob Kaylor