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“I’m not rested at all.” So said Diane this morning as we compared how we slept. Isn’t that revealing? The older you get the more you appreciate – and talk about – a good night’s sleep. No wonder, they’re harder to come by. Last night, almost midnight, Katie, Charlie, Drew... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at The Meyer Minute
Diane and I are watching less and less national news; it’s just too upsetting to daily life. The poison seeps into your mind. “All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Years ago Peggy Lee sang, “Is that all there is? If that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing, let’s... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Meyer Minute
“Flip or Flop” is a popular show on HGTV. When the housing market crashed, real estate agents Tarek and Christina shifted to buying empty houses in sorry shape, renovating and selling them for a nice profit, “flipping.” Think of your personal life as a house on the market. The secrets... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Meyer Minute
“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Chatting at coffee after church yesterday, I said, “I think most men in the church are angry.” Not just the church; watch the news. Watch people at work. I’ve preached about anger over the years, and watching the crowd during the sermon, I’ve been struck by the attention of men... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Columnist Joe Nocera shares family history. “My father never stopped being devout,” but not so his mother. In 2002 the Boston Globe reported sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese. “My mother wasn’t just upset or disillusioned when she read the Globe’s stories. She felt utterly betrayed. One of the foundations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
This is not a time for the church to act holier-than-thou. Reason: the sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church, but let us add that Protestants have reasons for our own “mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” The horror of sin is shocking. “If you are insulted for the name... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Do you ever wonder at the end of the day what you’ve really accomplished? Home for summer from college and seminary, I delivered milk. Early in the morning the truck was loaded with bottles of fresh milk. By afternoon they were gone, empty bottles were unloaded, and there – I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Waking up on this date 50 years ago you would have seen TV reports of rioting at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. “‘(Mayor) Daley had outsmarted himself,’ (Reuven) Frank writes. ‘The demonstrators, knowing where the mayor and the Chicago police had situated the mobile units…came to them…. The next two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Thursday I was waiting for a red light to change. In front of me is a big brown United Parcel van and to the right is Carl’s Deli, a longtime business near the Seminary. Out of the deli walks a middle-aged woman with a carry-out in a Styrofoam container, napkins... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Today is a big day on campus, the opening of Concordia Seminary’s 180th academic year. This year’s academic theme is “Here am I! Send Me” from Isaiah 6:1-8. “Send us where? Send us to whom? Does the transforming touch of holiness send us to German immigrants in 19th century America?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
It’s orientation week at Concordia Seminary. One theme new students are hearing about ministry is to be out of the office and with people, not only with Sunday worshippers but also out and visible in the community. A co-worker told me her sister had fallen out of the habit of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Declining church attendance is a fact of life for many, if not most congregations. Yesterday’s Gospel was about Jesus’ experience with declining attendance. His congregation balked when He said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” Seeing them doubt, He doubled down. “Do you take offense at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Ever walk around wondering what to do about your problems? While visiting Katie and family last month, we went to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Brookside Gardens has a labyrinth. It looks like a patio, but it’s designed for meditation, a spiral path that you walk toward the center. As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Will our pets be in heaven? Here’s part of Dr. Fox’s answer in our local newspaper. “My understanding is that upon death, an individuated consciousness, or spirit, becomes part of the universal consciousness or Great Spirit of Native American Indian tradition. In that illimitable realm, we will become one again... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Saturday morning I picked up 5-year-old Nick to spend the day and night at our house. Making conversation, I said, “Tomorrow we’ll go to our church.” No answer from his car seat in the back. “Nick, do you like church?” “No.” “Why don’t you like church?” “Coloring, Opa. I don’t... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
I keep an album of cartoons in my iPad. One of my favorites is a man coming before St. Peter, hoping to enter heaven. St. Peter looks the man’s record up in a book and says, “Actually, you had a pretty great life, but you were looking down at your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
66 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, just one evil among many constantly reported to us. Psalm 36 begins with the psalmist reflecting on wicked people. An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“God, what should I do? How should I handle this?” No answer seems to come. Do you know the feeling? Where’s God when we need Him? Yesterday in church lines in two hymns set me to thinking. “See the cloud and fire appear” and “Let the fiery, cloudy pillar lead... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil” (Psalm 143:3-4). From the President down to the man in the street, public conversation has become nasty, and it’s been deteriorating for many years. President... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“Look at the birds of the air….” Several weeks ago my Mom was telling me about the birds outside her kitchen window. Mom lives in Grace Lutheran Village, a wonderful independent living community in Paris, Illinois. Through the large kitchen window, she keeps an eye on her bird houses and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“This is great! You’re all here, all five grandsons, or as Oma calls you, the ‘Cinco de Meyer.” “Can we go now, Opa?” “No. Let’s tell our friends what we did last month. Connor, tell them about our trip.” “We went with Opa and Oma to visit our cousins Drew... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Revenge filled the soul of the gunman who killed 5 people at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. A column reporting his criminal harassment of a woman over social media led Jarrod Ramos to sue the paper for defamation. He lost the case, lost an appeal, and yesterday made himself god... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“I told you so!” Been there; done that. Acts 27, the text yesterday in chapel at Concordia Seminary, is an “I told you so” moment. Paul had been arrested and tried, and although local officials thought he was innocent, Paul had appealed to Caesar. That was a move only a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
I’m starting to think of the Fourth of July. Maybe you are too. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Who doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at The Meyer Minute