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“Hey, Jake! Come here. Stop running and come here, just for a minute.” “Thanks. Let me see your mouth.” “Lost your two bottom teeth? You’re 6-years-old; it’s time, but I’m wondering. Did they get knocked out?” “Opa, what?” “Jake, you’re as physical… no, rambunctious as any boy I’ve ever seen.... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at The Meyer Minute
“Thank you for your service.” You heard that many times, perhaps said it yourself to someone in military uniform. We’ve learned since the Viet Nam War to thank our military personnel, whether we agree with our current conflicts or not. No doubt our soldiers, sailors and airmen would rather be... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Meyer Minute
I’ve written hundreds of devotions over the years, but the following from “Timely Reflections” is one of my favorites. I’ve thought of this devotion countless times as Diane and I have marveled at the wondrous colors on campus this autumn. “Euonymous alatus compactus,” the botanists call it. For us commoners,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
A moral man of wealth, a man upstanding in every way, asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life” (Mark 10:17). Jesus’ answer, give it all up and follow Me, discouraged the man. He walked away sad. Well, thought the disciples, if such an exemplary person doesn’t have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asks that. The question doesn’t come from the lottery, doesn’t come from the government, and doesn’t come from the credit card company that wants you in debt for their prosperity. The question was first asked by someone who showed His... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
There are many church-going grandparents who are distraught because children or grandchildren have walked away from church and worship. They carry this grief silently, when in fact encouragement and guidance are available. One helpful resource I’d recommend is Faith Family Reunion. Check it out at Our five-grandchildren, the Cinco... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
October is “Pastor Appreciation Month.” Here’s one of many reasons. Your congregation is a practical link between individuals and the wider community. However, in recent decades two contradictory trends have weakened that mediating role. On one hand, there’s hyper-individualism. “I have my opinion; you have yours. Who are you to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Watching the baseball playoffs last night, Houston’s pitcher was in trouble. So the pitching coach went to the mound to talk, and, you’ve seen this, the players huddle around the coach and pitcher and hold their gloves over their faces so others can’t know what they’re planning. Their secretive conference... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Several weeks ago I was in Paris, thoroughly enjoying my time. Away from the daily grind, I had time to take in the sights. That included a leisurely walk, time to think, when I came upon a scene I share with you. Looking up at the great steeple of St.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“I’m sorry, but now that you’ve told me how you saw things, I understand where you were coming from. Do you see where I was coming from?” Have you ever been in a conversation like that? I’ve been wrestling with the legacy of Christopher Columbus. Traditionally we’ve honored him on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Our daughter Kate, who works for the United States Senate, sent us a video she took of protests in the Hart Office Building against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. Those in favor are also protesting. America today is filled with angry people, and it’s not just about the nomination. You... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Are we Christians truly earnest in what we believe? To paraphrase Jesus, “These Christians honor me with their lips, but is their heart far from me?” (Matthew 15:8). I thoroughly enjoyed my time yesterday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mattoon, Illinois. The appointed Gospel, the text for my sermon,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
What a weekend! All the grandsons, the “Cinco de Meyer” as Diane calls them, were home. Now ranging from 12- to 5-years-old, I had the privilege of baptizing every one of them, but watching them this weekend I began to wonder if Baptism really worked. “Come here,” said one father... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“I’m not rested at all.” So said Diane this morning as we compared how we slept. Isn’t that revealing? The older you get the more you appreciate – and talk about – a good night’s sleep. No wonder, they’re harder to come by. Last night, almost midnight, Katie, Charlie, Drew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Diane and I are watching less and less national news; it’s just too upsetting to daily life. The poison seeps into your mind. “All is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Years ago Peggy Lee sang, “Is that all there is? If that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing, let’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“Flip or Flop” is a popular show on HGTV. When the housing market crashed, real estate agents Tarek and Christina shifted to buying empty houses in sorry shape, renovating and selling them for a nice profit, “flipping.” Think of your personal life as a house on the market. The secrets... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Chatting at coffee after church yesterday, I said, “I think most men in the church are angry.” Not just the church; watch the news. Watch people at work. I’ve preached about anger over the years, and watching the crowd during the sermon, I’ve been struck by the attention of men... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Columnist Joe Nocera shares family history. “My father never stopped being devout,” but not so his mother. In 2002 the Boston Globe reported sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese. “My mother wasn’t just upset or disillusioned when she read the Globe’s stories. She felt utterly betrayed. One of the foundations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
This is not a time for the church to act holier-than-thou. Reason: the sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church, but let us add that Protestants have reasons for our own “mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” The horror of sin is shocking. “If you are insulted for the name... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Do you ever wonder at the end of the day what you’ve really accomplished? Home for summer from college and seminary, I delivered milk. Early in the morning the truck was loaded with bottles of fresh milk. By afternoon they were gone, empty bottles were unloaded, and there – I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Waking up on this date 50 years ago you would have seen TV reports of rioting at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. “‘(Mayor) Daley had outsmarted himself,’ (Reuven) Frank writes. ‘The demonstrators, knowing where the mayor and the Chicago police had situated the mobile units…came to them…. The next two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Thursday I was waiting for a red light to change. In front of me is a big brown United Parcel van and to the right is Carl’s Deli, a longtime business near the Seminary. Out of the deli walks a middle-aged woman with a carry-out in a Styrofoam container, napkins... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at The Meyer Minute
Today is a big day on campus, the opening of Concordia Seminary’s 180th academic year. This year’s academic theme is “Here am I! Send Me” from Isaiah 6:1-8. “Send us where? Send us to whom? Does the transforming touch of holiness send us to German immigrants in 19th century America?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at The Meyer Minute