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Have you noticed how TV news anchors begin almost every program by saying, “We have breaking news”? Today the sad news comes out of Spain, another terrorist attack upon innocent people. Wouldn’t you love to turn on TV and hear, “No breaking news today; let’s go straight to weather and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Meyer Minute
“What we need is more communication!” How many times have you heard that – in marriage, at work, at church, and in community? In this digital age, we don’t need more communication but better communication. Some signs that could have been worded better. On the entrance of a restroom: “Toilet... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Meyer Minute
White nationalists protesting in Charlottesville, counter protests, violence, President Trump’s statements and criticisms of what he said… To this and to so many other divisions in public and private life today, there is a simple explanation. “‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Meyer Minute
“We walk by faith, not by sight” is a fundamental principle of biblical Christian living (2 Corinthians 5:7). Alan Hirshfeld, a physics professor, reviewed a new book by Bob Berman, “Zapped: From Infrared to X-rays, the Curious History of Invisible Light.” “Mr. Berman’s avowed goal in writing this book, he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Eternal God, the Creator of all and the Judge to whom all people must give account, we humbly pray that You guide the leaders of nations this day so that we do not come to the horrors of war. You, who have no beginning and no end, have seen the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Eternal God, the Creator of all and the Judge to whom all people must give account, we humbly pray that You guide the leaders of nations this day so that we do not come to the horrors of war. You, who have no beginning and no end, have seen the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
One word caught my attention yesterday in church, the word “withdrew” in the Gospel lesson. “Now when Jesus heard about this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself” (Matthew 14:13). What made Jesus withdraw was the news John the Baptist had been beheaded, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Is your smart phone your god? That’s from a discussion I had with Dr. Paul Edmon, a regent of Concordia Seminary. We were talking about the effects of technology upon our lives. We can see how the phone is changing personal relationships. Recently I visited with a group of people,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
One of my favorite flowers has popped up in the yard. I’ve heard it called “Surprise Lily,” “Resurrection Lily,” or, if I researched correctly, its botanical name is “Lycoris squamigera.” Funny about popular names for flowers, they are often our reactions to what the plant looks like or does. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Is she dead?” We spent part of our vacation with daughter Katie, husband Charlie, and their two boys, Drew and Jake. A sign hangs in the upstairs hallway of their home, “A boy is noise with dirt on it.” Perfect description! The boys, six and four-years-old, are forever presenting their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
If you go to church this weekend, and I hope you will, be careful. Churches have ways of teaching us how to hide our impurities and sins. Not that they mean to – it just happens. “God, I thank you that I am not like other men… I fast twice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
This is a hot week in St. Louis, temperatures over 100, and we need rain, grass turning brown. That means watering, especially in the garden. That illustrates hope, which is a special “plant” in God’s garden. Hope is seasonal – with its times to bloom and its times to fade... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
God grows His church, but a new book on economics set me to thinking about we can help reverse the decline of the American church. Since 1964, “the incomes of doctors, schoolteachers, plumbers, and other tradesmen (here let me include pastors) remain limited by the number of customers they can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
The way American culture has changed, it should be getting easier to see the distinctiveness of Bible-based faith in Jesus. Apparently many of us aren’t paying attention. “Barna Trends 2017” reports Americans have a new moral code. “The morality of self-fulfillment says that each person’s feelings are the measuring stick... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Last week some high school students were on campus, exploring the possibility of careers in church work. I was asked to speak to them about ministry in today’s cultural context, an abstract notion until you get down to specifics. So I shared what life was like in my youth and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
As we enjoy a long weekend celebrating our independence, an anniversary heightens the importance of churches in our land. “As the iPhone this week marks the 10th anniversary of its first sale, it remains one of the most successful consumer products in history. But by the time it celebrates its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
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The road sign outside my hotel said, “Road Narrows,” and made me think immediately of a quotation that has had a profound impact on my life. “Life narrows down, and crisis comes. Suddenly, only one thing matters, and there, in the narrow place stands Jesus.” So Rev. Arnold Kuntz wrote... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Have you been to a wedding in this traditional month for weddings? Had you lived in Wittenberg, Germany in 1525, tomorrow you might have attended Martin Luther’s wedding. Celibacy didn’t spark the Reformation; the rediscovery of God’s undeserved kindness in Christ did. Luther felt the Gospel frees us from groveling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
People gesture with their hands, pastors too. One of my dearest pastoral and preaching gestures is to put out both hands, palms out to slow things down, and then deliberately say, “It’s OK. Be calm.” That fits Sunday’s Gospel. You’ll hear Jesus send out His disciples to announce, “The kingdom... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Millennials, people born between 1984 and 2002, are a hot topic among active church people. When a donor asked me, “What’s the Seminary doing about millennials?”, I first blanked, but recovered and said, “Our students are millennials. They’ll figure out how to minister to their peers.” On further reflection, our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
I’m putting myself into a detox program. I’ve known for a long time I had this problem, but never got up the courage to deal with it. Several times I came close to hitting bottom, but a week ago I hit it. I finally realized this is no way to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
The U.S. Open this weekend will be missing one major player. “Phil Mickelson, probably the best golfer in the past 20 years other than Tiger Woods, has announced that he will not tee up the ball at this’s championship. …Mickelson will be attending his daughter’s high school graduation in California.”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
A theme I often use in sermons is that it’s a great time to be the church. That puzzles some people because they see many congregations struggling, but sight is different from faith. Our living Lord is leading His church, so how can we not have confidence for the future?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
My mother lives in Paris, so going to visit her fills my head with all sorts of thoughts. Whoops, Paris, Illinois, not Paris, France. I like to get off the interstate and drive through rural towns. “In terms of poverty, college attainment, teenage births, divorce, death rates from heart disease... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
The dental hygienist was cleaning my teeth. Across the hall the receptionist, talking on the phone with a patient, asked, “Are they putting you to sleep?” We both thought, euthanasia?! Hearing only half the conversation gave us a laugh. It reminds me of the learning experience we had as kids.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Meyer Minute