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God answers prayer. “Deliver us from evil.” Martin Luther explains the last petition of the Lord’s Prayer this way. “We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Part of putting together 52 of my old sermons for the book, “Word Alive,” was writing retrospectives. How would I have written and preached this old sermon today? I wanted to be open with readers, sermons can always be better. Here’s a retrospective about a Lutheran Hour message from 1997.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Meyer Minute
We were shocked to hear of the bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami. Weighing 950 tons and 174 feet long, the collapse of the new pedestrian bridge killed at least 6 people and injured 10. Shocking to us, but even more terrifying to the victims, if they even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Yes, this town I’m in is called “Carefree,” and that’s only the beginning. Taking my morning walk, I’m fascinated by the street names. Sunshine Way, Easy Street, Nonchalant, Radiant Court, Never Mind Trail, Lucky Lane, and Ho and Hum roads who intersect, obviously at HoHum. The poles for street lights... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Last week was cram-packing, traveling and speaking the first half of the week and a meeting of the Seminary’s Board of Regents the second half. “All work and no play…” So I’m now at a retreat center in Carefree, Arizona (yes, that’s the name) with 14 other pastors. Every morning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
One of the great things about being part of Concordia Seminary are insights for faith and life. When we realize that we need all the help we can get in life, there are many “Thanks, I needed that” moments. Such a time came last Wednesday when Dr. Joel Biermann preached... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Do you know this feeling? You wake up in the middle of the night and the darkness magnifies your fears? I worry about work. I fret over doing the taxes. So many unfinished projects around the house. And whatever else is going on, it all seems worse in the darkness.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“A person becomes sad in conscience and grumbles inwardly about the evil in life.” That line from Martin Luther struck me this morning as I looked at the news and mulled over the day to come. We preachers don’t have to convince people that sin exists, it’s present all around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Tributes continue for Rev. Billy Graham, and deservedly so. His ministry was not about himself or an evangelistic empire, but consistently about Jesus Christ. “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16). His passing symbolizes the end of an American era. Our society was churched.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Do I watch Jesus suffer the same way I watch sports or an engaging show, a spectator? Paul saw no separation between himself and Jesus. “I have been crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). This Lent I ask myself, how can I more identify my very being with Christ? Part of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
We are in Lent, a somber Lent because of the Florida school shooting. Here is a small portion of my message for this Sunday on The Lutheran Hour. “Let’s get into this by thinking about all the mass shootings that have happened in recent years. Do you turn to religion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“Jesus, I will ponder now / On Your holy passion.” Many Christians sing that hymn today, Ash Wednesday. How deeply will we ponder? I’m enjoying a book by Bernard Bull, a professor at Concordia University Wisconsin. “Digitized: Spiritual Implications of Technology,” from Concordia Publishing House, suggests deeper Lenten questions than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Yesterday many churches observed Transfiguration. For a brief time Jesus showed His glory but then He led the disciples down into the nasty business of Lent, of giving His life for our ransom. From glory to suffering reminded me of a story told by Dr. Oswald Hoffmann. He was invited... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Lord, teach me to wait on You. In the busyness of my routine, so many things I want to do, so many things I feel pressured to do, slow me down to wait on You. Calls and texts and connections lead me into the tyranny of the moment, everyone’s business... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Daily chapel at Concordia Seminary offers rich and varied opportunities to remember whose we are in the ups and downs of life. Last week one service touched all our hearts, “Real Grief, Real Comfort: Miscarriage Memorial Service.” The key text was Psalm 30, including, “Weeping may tarry for the night,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Dr. Robert Kolb is a world-renowned scholar of Martin Luther and the Reformation and a dear colleague to all of us here at Concordia Seminary. For decades he has travelled the world and lives both in St. Louis and Germany. He says he’s come to realize the church is his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
One of the pleasant little things about this time in our marriage – Diane and I will celebrate our 45th anniversary in June – is teasing each other. I regularly tease her about misplacing her keys, her wallet, her phone, her whatever. Yesterday she got me back. Within minutes I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“Hi, Connor! Glad to see you.” “Hey, Opa. Can I have a popsicle?” “Well, I don’t know. Did you ask Oma?” “Connor, ready for Thursday?” “Yup.” “Tell our friends what we’re doing Thursday.” “Opa and I are going to have our heads shaved.” “Not just you and me. About 30... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Years ago I attended a men’s prayer breakfast. Mr. Larry Carlson was the speaker. He was director of Youth Haven, a Christian nonprofit organization that operates two ranches, one in Arizona and the other in Michigan – and, by the way, they take no government money. At these ranches, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
May be it’s just me, but I grow more and more tired of hearing people’s opinions and problems. Facebook friends, do I really need to know your children have the flu? Tweeters, do I really care what you think about Trump or Schumer? In my job I’m bombarded with religious... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
The government shutdown with its display of raw human nature prompted me to pull a book of prayers off the shelf. Peter Marshall was Chaplain of the United States Senate from 1947 until his sudden death in January, 1949. His prayer to open the Senate on February 19, 1947 seems... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
My message Sunday on The Lutheran Hour will be about Millennials, that generation of people between 22 and 35-years-old. You’d expect I’ll be talking about them, but Millennials don’t want to be talked about. They don’t want to be lectured to. Most of our Seminary students are Millennials and they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
I recall a conversation from the early 1970’s. Talking with a member of our congregation in Venedy, I asked where he had grown up. Myself a transplant from the Chicago area, I assumed he had grown up in a different town and moved to little Venedy for whatever reason. He... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
The late Seminary professor Martin Scharlemann said a pastor’s job is to interpret reality theologically. How then do we understand the following from the December 24th New York Times? Roger Ray was a rugged coal miner until he had a devastating accident while deer hunting in 2005. His ATV flipped,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Many pastors and faithful parishioners are concerned about declining attendance at worship services. It’s a symptom, I think, of the great changes that have happened in American life. Older people grew up in “Christian” America when congregations had special privileges in society and attending worship was commonly accepted as the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at The Meyer Minute