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  • Created on Thursday, 22 October 2020
    It’s hard to believe that we’ll be celebrating Advent in just 5 1/2 weeks. Seems like just yesterday that we were in the midst of Lent and the coronavirus shutdown came. Then again, it also feels at times like that was five years ago! We went through Lent and Eastertide with our services strictly being held online and we fasted from Holy...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 29 September 2020
    As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, and as the fall weather pushes us back indoors after a great summer of outdoor “drive-in worship,” we are making some changes to our worship schedule and offerings for the next few months. I still see these as temporary changes and, as we did with outdoor worship, I expect us to make s...
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  • Created on Saturday, 06 June 2020
    Sunday Morning Drive-In Worship – 9:00am (Beginning June 21) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER As Colorado has been easing some restrictions on gatherings, we received guidance this week from our Governor on how churches can begin meeting again. When the pandemic lockdown started, I had hoped that we’d all be able to come back on one big Sunday whe...
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  • Created on Saturday, 30 May 2020
    I recorded my Pentecost Sunday sermon early this week before hearing about all of the explosive things that have happened with the George Floyd case and the subsequent outpouring of pain and violence at yet another tragic failure of our culture to deal seriously with racial injustice. Coming on the heels of another terrible incident in t...
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  • Created on Saturday, 23 May 2020
    I hate preaching to empty chairs. Can’t stand it. I didn’t sign up to become a televangelist and I certainly don’t have the hair for it. Moving worship services to online only for the past ten weeks has been a drag, though Sam and our team have done a phenomenal job in making those services as accessible and engaging as possible. Nobody ...
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  • Created on Monday, 20 April 2020
    I’ve been seeing a lot of announcements from United Methodist clergy friends who have gotten the word that they are moving to new pastoral appointments this July. Moving creates its own set of challenges in a normal year, but this is certainly not a normal year, what with the coronavirus, social distancing, and not seeing people in your ...
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  • Created on Wednesday, 15 April 2020
    Happy Easter! Easter Sunday may be over but this week begins the season of Eastertide–the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. It’s a festive time in the church year as we celebrate resurrection, new life, and new creation. An even though we we are still in an uncertain time, there is much to celebrate as well as much to which we can lo...
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  • Created on Saturday, 11 April 2020
    Holy Saturday is one of the most ambivalent days on the Christian calendar, sitting between the pain and sorrow of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday. Biblically speaking, the Gospels infer that nothing happens on that original Holy Saturday–Jesus is in the tomb and the disciples and women were no doubt grieving through a very quie...
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  • Created on Friday, 27 March 2020
    “I never thought I’d be giving up so much for Lent.” I’ve been hearing this from a lot of Christian friends recently. Indeed, all of us have not only been experiencing an enforced period of fasting, abstinence, prayer, solitude, and silence (all part of the Lenten disciplines), we’ve each been forced to turn our homes into a monastic her...
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  • Created on Friday, 20 March 2020
    Like most United Methodist churches, the church I serve has had to move our worship online for the foreseeable future. “Social distancing” and restrictions on the size of gatherings to ten or fewer people have significantly altered our Sundays, and while we can still engage in liturgy, prayer, sermon, and Scripture reading online, the bi...
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  • Created on Monday, 16 March 2020
    With the coronavirus pandemic dominating the news cycle, we’re hearing a lot about “social distancing” as a strategy for slowing the spread of the virus. The appropriate “social distance” is about six feet, which is about as far as sneezes and spit travel (add 2-3 feet if talking to a preacher who annunciates his or her “P’s” with precis...
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  • Created on Monday, 30 December 2019
    One of the New Year traditions in the Kaylor household (ok, to be fair, it’s actually my tradition that my family tolerates) is that we serve sauerkraut and hot dogs on New Year’s Day. It’s a nod to my mother, who used to make us kids eat sauerkraut that day under pain of death if we refused. While mom was a deeply committed Christian, s...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2019
    Well, it’s almost here. No, I’m not talking about Christmas, though that is coming fast upon this preacher like an out-of-control Polar Express. Of course I’m talking about the latest “movie to end all movies” in the Star Wars saga. Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker opens this week in theaters and while I won’t be there on opening night ...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2019
    One of the things I’m most excited about as we look toward the new year at Tri-Lakes UMC is our all-church focus on reading through the Bible, beginning with the New Testament. Starting in January, we’ll be inviting everyone in our congregation to take a 16-week journey through the entire sweep of the 27 books of the Bible that tell the ...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2019
    When I was a kid I used to love all those animated Christmas specials that came on every year–you know, those Rankin-Bass stop action ones like Rudolph and other classics like Frosty the Snowman and, of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I remember my mom circling them all in the TV Guide and making us hot chocolate to sip while we sat b...
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  • Created on Sunday, 17 November 2019
    I recently put together a four-week study on human sexuality for my UM congregation here in Colorado. It’s not something I was excited to do, given the current level of rancor about the topic in our culture and denomination, but as we move toward General Conference 2020 and congregations prepare to make decisions in advance of a probable...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2019
    Meals at the Kaylor household are often an eclectic mix of cuisines, what with my wife Jennifer being a vegan and our daughter Hannah and I being regular omnivores (me slightly trending toward carnivore). It’s actually been good for all of us to eat a more plant-based diet and it’s led me to try some things that, as a kid, I would have b...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2019
    A few months back, the church Trustees graciously offered to refit my office at the church. It’s not that what I had before was bad, it was just, well, more old school and impractical for my needs. The desk was an ornate, heavy oak that, while beautiful, didn’t lend itself to spreading out books and things for study; not did it accommoda...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
    With a series of snow storms hitting us hard here on the Front Range this week, Halloween is likely to be a fairly frigid and subdued holiday. It will be interesting to see whether trick-or-treaters will be out on Thursday night, bundled to the hilt with costumes barely visible underneath. Some hardy Halloweeners will be not be deterred ...
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  • Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2019
    One a recent trip to Nashville for the New Room Conference Jason and I, along with a couple of other friends, decided to look for a restaurant for breakfast on our way to the opening session for the day. As we drove through one of those strip mall districts, we drove by a Waffle House and, unanimously, all four of us in the car rejected ...
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