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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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
The ancient prayer for Pentecost asks God to give us His Holy Spirit and cause us “evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation.” Think those words through. First, you need to be consoled. Something, anything has taken your mood down. Second comes the Spirit, but how? “The counteraction of comfort... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“What king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Whoops! Yesterday’s Minute started with our power outage and moved to Pentecost power. Without electricity, I used battery power for my draft of the Minute, but then the battery ran down and I had to leave for work. Now my mistake. I forgot to tell Diane the Minute wasn’t finished.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
I started waking up this morning, wondering what time it was. A clock that projects the time onto the ceiling wasn’t working, the room totally dark. I didn’t think much about it until I finally did get up, walked down the hall, and discovered the power was out. 4:30 am,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Will your weekend be with God? Let’s start here: How often on Monday do you go back to work tired? Maybe you’re planning to catch up on office work, work around the house or in the yard. Maybe you’re going to be going, going with the kids, going to a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch woman who help many Jews escape the Nazis, heroism that earned her fame. A pastor shared the following story with me, though I don’t know the original... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Jesus is one with His Father. Are you one with Him? “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). A proving ground of being one with Jesus is the life of service. Jesus did not assert His... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Jesus prays that “they might be one, even as we are one” (John 17:11). In our contentious times, think about just some of the blessings available to you from being one with Jesus and with all who follow Him. One with Jesus and therefore one with one another turns disappointments... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Memorial Day… We are to honor those who died in the service of our country, but for many that’s a passing nod. What commands us is the start of summer, outdoor activities, a slower pace of life. I wonder, what do people huddled in churches do the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Armies and battles, miracles of nature and healing, Jesus’ ministry in real places. When you read the Bible and go to church, you hear about them but what do you picture? Do you imagine Capernaum like your town, or the Judean desert like New Mexico or Arizona? When pastors preach... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
German theologian Oswald Bayer said, “Every sermon has the function to set free, to free the sinner, and to say you are free, don’t fear.” Did you hear that last Sunday, that Christ has set you free, as Paul says in Galatians 5:1? Or as my favorite Easter hymn puts... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Transport yourself to Africa, to Mozambique on Africa’s east coast. You’re watching the baptism of new Christians, plural, because the church is growing rapidly in Mozambique. You’re in Bible times. “The Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). You hear traditional baptismal... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Alexa, what’s today’s weather forecast?” “Alexa, how’s traffic?” “Alexa, play the “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Does Alexa live in your house? You’re either thinking “Yes,” or you’re wondering, “What’s Dale talking about?” Alexa is the computerized female voice on the Amazon Echo. Echo is a small cylindrical device, we’ve... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
How can Christians witness in a culture that is… what? Less friendly to the church? Less interested in the church? Could care less about the Bible? Could care less about Jesus? Many church-goers Sunday will hear an inspired passage for witness in our day and age. “In your hearts, regard... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Yesterday a tent went up at Concordia Seminary – a large tent in the garden setting next to the President’s House. It’s there a reception will be held this evening for graduates and their families. Commencement is tomorrow. You see people every day who place no value upon an education;... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). You can have peace when there is no conflict, but peace in the midst of conflict is difficult. Amidst things swirling all about us, disturbing us to the core, to that Jesus speaks. “Let not your hearts be troubled.” Unending controversies from... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Religious beliefs have consequences. Here’s but one example. You believe that you are saved by grace? Hopefully so, Ephesians 2:8: “By grace are you saved through faith.” If it’s grace, then it’s not what you’ve done. It’s grace or it’s merit. Blur that distinction and you lose humility. “All have... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father’” (John 14:8). That we can’t see God leads some people to atheism, others to agnosticism. People who accept God’s existence may feel Him far removed from daily life. “Where’s God when you need Him?” God’s hiddenness is close to the greatest... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at The Meyer Minute