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We all have times when we have nothing left within us, no spirit to keep on going. Those are dangerous times. Richard Lischer tells about Amy, a 13-year-old member of his first congregation who had cerebral palsy. When Kathryn Kuhlmann brought her healing ministry to St. Louis, Amy went hoping... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Our turbulent times are shaking basic institutions of American life, including the church. Gallup’s report that 47% of U.S. adults belong to a church or synagogue or mosque, down 20 points from the year 2000, has church people talking, maybe even panicked. This morning I saw a post on “Buzz... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Imagine if “doubting” Thomas had lived in our social media era. “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe” (John 20:25). Thomas was honest. Individuals who... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Meyer Minute
“Is there going to be a Minute next week?” my Mom asked Saturday. “Yup,” I said. “I learned a lot from the old people.” Friday, I went to gay Paree to celebrate my mother’s 95th birthday, and I saw retirees enjoy unhurried time with one another. I needed that. I’m... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Meyer Minute
Holy Week, especially Easter, sees more people come to church than most Sundays, but an overall decline in church life is well documented. “For the first time in eight decades, fewer than 50% of Americans say they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque amid an ongoing steep decline in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Moving toward Holy Week worship, I’m wondering why God sent Jesus when He did, not at another time. Galatians 4: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son….” It has been said, and I’ve passed it along too, that it was the “fullness of time” because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Moving toward Holy Week worship, I’m wondering why God sent Jesus when He did, not at another time. Galatians 4: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son….” It has been said, and I’ve passed it along too, that it was the “fullness of time” because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
“My first idea about theological education formed long before I ever took a seminary class. It came from the inscription in the flyleaf of the Bible my parents gave me as a Christmas present when I was in the fifth or sixth grade.” That set me to thinking. The quotation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
I preached at our midweek Lenten service yesterday and told the true story of a young man who got into the habit of hanging out at a bar in a dangerous part of metro St. Louis. One night he didn’t come home. He was found in a ditch, murdered. “How... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
This afternoon Diane and I will go to midweek Lenten worship. The place where we worship is a large, rectangular building. Instead of outer walls, there are columns supporting the roof. Underneath the roof, toward the back of this rectangular structure, are walled rooms. In the largest room is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
I have a newspaper photo of a 5-year-old covered with blood and dust from a bombing in the Syrian civil war. How many people have had their businesses closed or jobs lost because of Covid? How many around the world are sick or starving because ruling elites feather their pockets... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Decades ago, I visited Greece with a tour group. Diane didn’t go with, she hates travel, except these days to go see the grandkids. So, half a world away and missing her, I bought a gift so she’d know how much I love her. It was a dress. She never,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
One of the sweetest Gospel passages I know is Isaiah 42:3: “A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench.” Where’s Jesus when you need him, when you’re about to break and hope is almost gone? Remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Is it really St. Patrick’s Day without parades and pubs? To be honest, I don’t do big, tightly packed, sweaty, swigging and sloshing beer crowds, but get together with friends for drinks? Absolutely. One cruel thing about Covid is trying to experience life virtually when God intended life to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Is Baptism relevant to daily life? I fear the answers, like “it’s a custom,” “it’s nice for children” (like the Easter Bunny), “it’s fire insurance,” and such drivel. Surprisingly, Baptism, not the mere ritual but the real working of God’s Word in our grubby lives, is relevant for a surprising... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Because he was going to be out of town, our pastor asked me to do a baptism. I agreed, but in the end, I didn’t do the baptism. Reread that, please. Little “Maple” was baptized, not by me but by God. I was just the middleman, simply saying the Trinitarian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Happy Birthday to our youngest grandson! Master Nicholas Pittman turns 8 today. “Master”? Older people remember when mail to a child was addressed, “Master.” What’s ahead when Master Nicholas becomes Mister? A special section in yesterday’s New York Times shared teen-agers’ experiences this past year. Ellarose Sherman of Florida: “I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
My plea today is that we do not reduce Lent to “Jesus died for our sins.” “Go to dark Gethsemane, / All who feel the tempter’s power; Your Redeemer’s conflict see, / Watch with Him one bitter hour; Turn not from His griefs away; Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
“I should like to learn to have faith,” wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Diane and I are in our ninth month of retirement, so after nine months you’d think this new retirement baby would have been born and into a new way of living, but no. Covid has made the transition more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
“Thank God, the Senate passed the Covid relief bill! The money, the unemployment extension, all the other things… We look to our government to provide for us. After Covid, what will government next do to improve life?” Uh, hear my sarcasm? Yes indeed, there are many people who need relief... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Two questions, the first is about Psalm 32, the second penitential psalm. Who is “you”? “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Therefore, let everyone who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
I’m many years past parenting, but we used to warn our children about peer pressure. “Just because your classmates are doing it, doesn’t mean you have to do it.” Impressionable adolescents in high school, then off to college to live on their own, oh, peer pressure was a real worry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Imagine you’re going to take a step to a higher place. For example, you’re going to step up onto the bed of a pickup truck. It’s easiest if someone is up there to help you. So, you put one foot up on the tailgate, grab the hand your buddy extends,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
Do I watch Jesus suffer the same way I watch sports or an engaging show – as a spectator? Paul saw no separation between himself and Jesus: “I have been crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). This Lent I ask myself, How can I more identify my very being with Christ?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at The Meyer Minute
500,000 family members, friends, and fellow citizens lost to the pandemic. Is this changing how we think about death? From the first penitential psalm: “O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at The Meyer Minute