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Permit me to venture this thought: Without awareness of what’s going on in the lives of people outside your every Sunday come to church folks, your congregation will slowly decline. Close to home research from George Barna: “Only 6% of Christians have a biblical worldview.” That is being passed onto... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Meyer Minute
Our town of Collinsville has a fine Main Street, filled with restaurants and businesses. One business specializing in quilts has the clever name, “O’ Sew Personal.” That name reminds me of one of the sweetest stories about mothers in the Bible. A man named Elkanah had two wives. (Some men... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Meyer Minute
“American religious belief and practice have been overtaken by a spiritual ennui and drift” (Brent Orrel, The Bulwark). Fancy word, “ennui.” It means, “a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction: boredom” (Merriam Webster Online). That describes the disheartened spirit of many congregations, just going through the motions. Sure, there are cultural... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
“Is America a Christian country?” That’s the title of a new Bible class series I’m leading at our church. It is NOT about contemporary politics, but about the history of church-state relationships in our country. God’s people in the Bible lived under various forms of government, theocracy, anarchy, monarchies, and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
I wasn’t in a cranky mood last week when I wrote about Jonathon Haidt’s new book, “The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.” To review, Cell phones became smart phones in 2007. The Internet became omnipresent. 2009 came “the new age... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
I’ve asked this question several times in sermons: “If I would call on you, could you recite the Ten Commandments?” I didn’t do it, but you could see the fear. One woman at the door said, “I got to the Seventh Commandment.” Was she above average? Almost every day in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
This worries me. Peggy Noonan’s weekly column featured a new book by Jonathan Haidt, “The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.” Picture kids on phones. Adults too. Background: Cell phones became smart phones in 2007. The Internet became omnipresent. 2009 came... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
What’s your takeaway from Holy Week and Easter? For me, it’s a growing awareness of my smallness. Remember the movie, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”? The Spirit is shrinking me. Aging, retirement, declining energy… they’re shrinking me. Yesterday I taught a class at the Sem and led a tour, which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
See anything troubling here? Diane and I will go to church this Maundy Thursday, receive the Lord’s Supper and get forgiveness. Tomorrow I’ll probably go to Home Depot, always need to get something. Also tomorrow, Good Friday, go to church and hear that because Jesus died, we have forgiveness. Saturday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
A pastor’s job is to interpret reality theologically, said the late Professor Martin Scharlemann. So, yesterday I asked my first-year seminarians how they might preach about the terrible bridge accident in Baltimore. Not that a sermon would be all about the tragedy. Not that pastors in the pulpit should be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
“When it comes to politics, are any of us really thinking for ourselves?” That’s the question from Neil Gross, a professor of sociology at Colby College in Maine. It’s a timely question. On Palm Sunday the crowds shouted hosannas but by Friday calls for crucifixion. It’s common to criticize the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
Life is filled with –ologies. Biology, genealogy, psychology, gerontology, theology, and countless more, but today? Bracketology! Time to pick your winners for the NCAA basketball tournament. I’ll fill my brackets out, knowing that sooner or later, I’ll be disappointed. Most years it’s sooner, first or second round. What about the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
The article caught my attention. “Times are hard on the campus of Notre Dame. Not the famous University of Notre Dame, home to Fighting Irish football and more than 13,000 students – little Notre Dame College, a less prestigious Roman Catholic school in the Midwest” (St. Louis Post Dispatch, March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
The article caught my attention. “Times are hard on the campus of Notre Dame. Not the famous University of Notre Dame, home to Fighting Irish football and more than 13,000 students – little Notre Dame College, a less prestigious Roman Catholic school in the Midwest” (St. Louis Post Dispatch, March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
Some time ago, I was flying home from Arizona. Next to me was a young woman, 20-something, who spent the whole flight, we’re talking several hours, looking at photos of herself. Some photos were taken by others, most were selfies. I related that incident last Friday to the seniors of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
It is important to distinguish Christ as savior from Christ as example. Because Jesus saves me from sin and death, I want to live a Christ-like life, but living a Christ-like life doesn’t save me. “We preach Christ crucified,” Paul said, and the church preaches, but is the church Christ-like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
The prophet Isaiah can touch your soul, but only if you slow down enough to wonder at his words. Isaiah 49:1, “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar.” Listen, O coastland of Gaza, place of most terrible human suffering. Listen, O coastland of the Black... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
The prophet Isaiah can touch your soul, but only if you slow down enough to wonder at his words. Isaiah 49:1, “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar.” Listen, O coastland of Gaza, place of most terrible human suffering. Listen, O coastland of the Black... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
The cartoon on today’s editorial page of the Wall Street Journal shows two homeless people sitting on a sidewalk, covering themselves with cardboard. One says to the other, “That’s the thing with crypto currency investing. It’s all about the long haul.” What do the homeless really say? Do most of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
The cartoon on today’s editorial page of the Wall Street Journal shows two homeless people sitting on a sidewalk, covering themselves with cardboard. One says to the other, “That’s the thing with crypto currency investing. It’s all about the long haul.” What do the homeless really say? Do most of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
Good publicity but something more. The front-page headline from yesterday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Lutheran schools thriving after staying open during pandemic.” “Since the fall of 2019, public school enrollment fell by 5,5000 students in St. Louis County and nearly 3,000 in St. Louis city amid a nationwide drop in enrollment.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Here follows a quotation about Christ-like service in our times. Thanks to Dr. Michael Zeigler of Lutheran Hour Ministries for putting me on to the following... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
“73% of Christians have less than 10 spiritual conversations a year” (Barna; LHM). An excerpt from yesterday’s sermon… There's a Kaldi’s coffee shop next to the Seminary. On warm days, some people bring their dogs. You see the people sitting outside, sipping coffee, and talking about whatever, but have you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
Go out and tell people about Jesus.” You’ve probably heard that in a sermon. Obviously, it’s not wrong, think Great Commission, but I encourage seminarians not to say it. No matter how often or earnestly you say it, most Christians aren’t going to “Go out and tell people about Jesus.”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2024 at The Meyer Minute
What will you give up for Lent? Some possibilities… I will stop assuming I know best. See Philippians 2:3. I will give up watching worship on live stream and instead attend in person. See Hebrews 10:25. I will give up looking at my phone while sitting in meetings. See James... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2024 at The Meyer Minute