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Flags are placed on the graves of veterans. Here on campus, as in countless public places through America, flags call us to remember those who died in the service of our country. Remembering the fallen is not only an American practice. In the early fifth century B.C. the Athenian statesman... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at The Meyer Minute
“The weakness of our mortal state / With deathless might invigorate.” Those words, attributed to Rabanus Maurus of the eighth century, reached through the ages this morning to make me think intentionally about my summer. Life has its rhythms, and for academics the end of May signals a shift from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Friday was graduation at Concordia Seminary. About 100 academic degrees were awarded, many the Master of Divinity degree which is our main program for preparing men for ministry. A week before graduation, all faculty members received “Light from Above: A Festschrift in Honor of the Faculty of Concordia Seminary.” This... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Meyer Minute
The peonies in our yard are spectacular. Honestly, Diane and I were surprised because they’ve been blah the last few years. Maybe the slow coming of spring, maybe something else, but they are gorgeous this year. And no, we didn’t fertilize; it was just God’s nature. It’s a close-to-home reminder... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“Hi, Opa. What are you thinking about?” “I’m wondering what you’re all going to be when you grow up.” “Huh?” “Drew got me thinking. You had a first-grade assignment called ‘Opinion Writing,’ right? “Yeah, Opa. How do you know?” “Your mommy posted it on Facebook. The whole world knows.” “MOM!”... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
A child’s problems are as big and threatening to a child as adult problems are to us. When I was a kid and some cloud was darkening my life, my mother always reminded me that the sun is still shining. The next time Ascension and Mother’s Day come so closely,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Late in coming, spring is spectacular on campus. Beds of tulips in front of the chapel. In one quad, roses getting ready to bloom and fish in the pond. In another quad alliums are all in bloom under the cover of white and red dogwoods. All over campus, herbs, vegetables,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Spring is the time of confirmations, the church rite that gives a young Christian public opportunity to reaffirm his or her baptismal vows. A baby cannot speak at baptism, but baptism puts the child on the path to learning about the faith God put into its heart. At confirmation the... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer. This week’s reading in “Word Alive!” is about prayer, a sermon I delivered 35 years ago in Mascoutah, Illinois. After asking the congregation to bow their heads in prayer, I began the sermon. “OK, you can raise your heads. It turned out just... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
These days Concordia Seminary is hosting its Multiethnic Symposium. It’s a gathering of Christians from different ethnic backgrounds who have come together to explore the life and mission of Christ’s Church, “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” who... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Growing up in a conservative Lutheran congregation, the importance of knowing proper biblical faith was drummed into me. This is not a complaint! I don’t remember such an emphasis upon love, although I hasten to add that family and church friends were very loving. The relationship between faith and love... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Last evening 62 candidates for the Holy Ministry were given their first calls at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. What world are they going into? From my introduction to “Word Alive” (tripillarpublishing.com): “Older people grieve what’s been lost. In ‘Christian America,’ the things of God and the things of public society... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Good Shepherd Sunday. Cute image for kids. Does it mean anything for us adults this Monday morning? From Horace, a first-century satirist: “How comes it, Maecenas, that no man living is content with the lot which either his choice has given him, or chance has thrown in his way, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
A person who fears the Lord, “is not afraid of bad news. His heart is firm, trusting in the Lord” (Psalm 112:7). With brother Bruce and sister Pam, I delivered bad news to people. In the mornings we peddled the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times. In the afternoons the American and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Our sympathies to the family of Mrs. Barbara Bush. She was a magnetic person, genuine in every way, and a woman of faith. Her passing invites us to reflect on the winding down of life. From my new book, “Word Alive”: “If there seems to be lethargy in today’s Church,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Private, public, or something messy in the middle? Concordia Seminary is on a 72-acre setting in Clayton, Missouri. We are an open campus and encourage neighbors to enjoy the park-like setting. They do, and that pleases us. Sometimes, however, a few outsiders don’t pick up after their dogs, disregard bicycle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
How’s it going for you this Friday the 13th? Chances are pretty good that something is bothering you. A co-worker is obnoxious. All the news is conflict. Taxes due next week. Maybe some person or group has turned their gossip against you. Are you weary? Where’s Easter when you need... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
The LCMS study of young adults found that times of transition and crisis are hyper-important. “I was diagnosed with cancer my senior year of high school. My diagnosis challenged everything I’d been taught about what it meant to suffer as a Christian. I grew angry with God and with my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
The LCMS study of young adults found that times of transition and crisis are hyper-important. “I was diagnosed with cancer my senior year of high school. My diagnosis challenged everything I’d been taught about what it meant to suffer as a Christian. I grew angry with God and with my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
A new study prompted some memories of my mom. One Saturday night in high school, or maybe it was home in summer from college, I was out very late. The next morning mom tried to rouse me from bed to go to church. I grumbled, way too tired to get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
People often show their best side, but in troubled and fearful times… Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Robert Prager. He had emigrated from Dresden, Germany to St. Louis in 1905 and eventually moved to Collinsville, Illinois. World War I was a dangerous time for Americans of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
I didn’t take much hope from the opinion pages of today’s newspapers. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Major thoroughfares are named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and all too typically, the surrounding neighborhoods are filled with blight and poverty.” (A16). An editorial in the Wall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Happy Easter! Good Friday was in-your-face suffering, death, and despair. Through all that – and it’s real, all too real – Easter answers “What’s to become of us?” “I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 118:17). Easter, it seems to me,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“Were you there when they crucified the Lord?” Good Friday is the day to answer, “Yes, I am there.” Time is part of creation. “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:5). While our lives are physically bound to time and place, historians and futurists... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
One and done. Jesus’ death fully paid the price for our sins. “It is finished,” Jesus said as He breathed His last (John 20:30). “Christ…offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:12). “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at The Meyer Minute