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You know, or at least have some deep down apprehension, that the world is spinning out of control. It is, and I read a disturbing damage report in yesterday’s “New York Times Magazine.” “Anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder in the United States, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at The Meyer Minute
“They can’t even see the stars,” said the local TV reporter. She was talking about smoke in the air from the fires in California. I believe it. I’m near Sacramento, here with our Seminary team to present the Gospel of Mark this evening at Town and Country Lutheran Church. We... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Meyer Minute
The Meyer Minute for October 11, 2017 This morning Diane and I attend a prayer breakfast. While prayers are offered, smart phones are close, distracting us. Left your smart phone in the car? Good, but your mind may still be whirling; you’re flitting in and out of prayer to your... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Seminary professor Martin Scharlemann once said a pastor’s job is to interpret reality theologically. How shall we understand Las Vegas? The man was demented? Yes. Guns are a problem? Yes, but those aren’t theological. Jesus says, “Nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Rummaging through an old book of sermon illustrations, I came across the following from a certain Dr. McConkey. His writing style is heavier than we’re used to in our texting and Twitter age, but there’s something else different. “The highway of consecration is the first sight which greets the believer’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
The news is always an invitation to reflect upon our human nature and God’s ways. Take “salvation” for example. What does that word really mean to people struggling to make it day-by-day? To lives swamped by the hurricanes, to family circles broken by the shooter… What does “salvation” mean? Kathleen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
I said to Diane, “I don’t know what to write for today’s Minute.” Then she turned on the TV, we got the terrible report from Las Vegas, and I said, “Now I know.” She said, “Lord, have mercy.” It makes you want to withdraw, to find some place to live... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Tomorrow morning about 6:30, I’ll walk toward the car. With the key fob, I’ll unlock the doors. On cold winter days I can use that fob from inside the house to start the car so it’s warm when I get into it. This technology fascinates me. The fob doesn’t even... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Leroy Barber: “I have spent my life living and working in the urban centers of Philadelphia and Atlanta. It is not out of the ordinary to watch drug deals on the church steps. The institution has made its own quiet and unspoken deal with the vendors who make their living... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
There’s a Home Depot in Aspen Hill, Maryland. Of course, there are Home Depot’s everywhere, but this I is where I go when we’re visiting Katie and Charlie. When I need material for a handyman job they’ve given me, I drive there and always see men standing at the entrance... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Martin Franzmann was a professor at Concordia Seminary, who lives on through stories his students tell but especially through the hymns he wrote. Paging through the newspapers this morning, one of Franzmann’s hymns came to mind. It begins, “O God, O Lord of heav’n and earth, Thy living finger never... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Hi, Opa!” “Hi, Christian! Hey, what’s that on your leg?” “A boot, Opa. The doctor is making me wear a boot.” “Why, buddy?” “He said I fractured my growth plate.” “Christian, stay here for a second, while I google “growth plate.’ Don’t run off. Ha, you can’t!” “Areas of cartilage... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Don’t tell me what a friend I have in Jesus until I see what a friend I have in you.” If you want to see what that looks like, check out Orphan Grain Train. I attended part of their convention Saturday and saw 400 people zealous to share Christ’s love... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Going to church Sunday? I hope you will, but be careful. John Barclay is a British scholar who has written about grace. How did people understand grace in ancient Judaism? How has grace been understood in the history of the church? This being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
This may strike you as strange, but over the years I’ve become convinced God strips away from us all the earthly things we hold dear. God personalizes how He matures us, but whatever your personal story, the heavenly Father disciplines His children by stripping away all the things we hold... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Changing America in many ways, 9-11 showed that service to others is essential to our life together. Today Irma, Harvey, fires in Montana, and the earthquake in Mexico bring into sharp focus that life is to be service to others. Martin Luther talked about it in terms of faith and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
We call it “mother” nature, but from a biblical point of view nature is not so much our source of life but something God made, just as He made us. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “By faith we understand that the universe was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Thinking of victims of the flooding, and then all of us with our problems. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
“Opa, let’s wrestle!” “Uh, not now. Intergenerational thing going on here: you have energy; I don’t.” “Tell our friends who you are.” “I’m Drew. I’m six-years-old. Next week I go into first grade.” “I’m Jake. I’m four. Next week Opa says I’m going to jail.” “So about energy… Oma saw... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Jesus asks two questions in the Gospel lesson that will be read in many churches Sunday. First, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” On the basis of their surveys, the Barna Organization has identified “5 Popular Beliefs about Jesus.” First, “the vast majority of Americans believe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Pamela Paul is editor of the Book Review of the New York Times. That’s no two-bit job, demanding, no doubt, pressure packed. So her thoughts in Sunday’s paper about her home life got my attention. “I resist, I downgrade, I discard, I decline to upgrade. More than a decade ago,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
Midday a swath of the United States will see a total eclipse of the sun, the “Great American Eclipse.” A Bible study written by Dr. Charles Arand of Concordia Seminary offers some faith insights. Some quotations from the seven-page study. “First, we experience wonder for this world and events like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at The Meyer Minute
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 Aug 18, 2017 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 Aug 16, 2017 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 Aug 14, 2017 at The Meyer Minute