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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
I’m at loose ends, my routine upset. I’m in Denver for the biennial meeting of the Association of Theological Schools. Denver is an hour behind St. Louis. An early riser, back home I’m up before the world starts moving. Here it’s more so. Had my coffee, read in the Bible,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Yesterday the temperature hit 96 degrees in St. Louis. Same again today. In the 90s or close to it the last several weeks. You know that the heat is more tolerable when you’re in the shade. “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
My father taught me to love interacting with people, and to this day I thank him for it. He worked for Dixie Dairy in the Calumet region of Chicagoland and northwest Indiana. When I had a day off from grade school, I would sometimes ride with him on the milk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“A Man and His Toys” is the title of my Father’s Day sermon in “Word Alive!” published by TriPillar. Jorge Valdez came from Cuba to the United States and went from poverty to wealth, though not in legal ways. “When I was 20 years old, I had two Learjets, my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Last week fashion designer Kate Spade and TV food and travel celebrity Anthony Bourdain took their lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported suicide rates increased in all but one state from 1999 to 2016. Now the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, suicide is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
It’s Friday, and so ministers are getting their sermons ready. A minister who preaches on a biblical text, not all do, will usually spend the early part of the week studying and meditating upon the text. While musing about how the truth of the Word can best be delivered to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
How to read the Bible? So many different books, so many themes, so many questions. So easy to give up and not try! To help the early church see the unity of the Bible, the apostles taught the people to see Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. Try this reading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
June 1… Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost behind us. Advent and Christmas far in the future. With no church festival commanding our thoughts, who’s the Lord of your normal times? “My times are in your hands” (Psalm 31:15), but on an average day my times are often in the hands... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Sitting on the back deck this morning, coffee in hand, I watched a bird going in and out of its nest. The nest is hidden in a dwarf Alberta Spruce, about six-feet tall, its gentle needles so dense you can’t see in. The family is protected. Does nature invite you... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
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 May 25, 2018 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 May 23, 2018 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 May 21, 2018 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” ( “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