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I find Christ-centered thinking a daily challenge. One help is getting older in faith. The old timers in my first church had a proverb, when the leaves come out, people die. They also noticed that deaths sometimes come in threes. These last days, two acquaintances of mine have passed. When... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Meyer Minute
The leak of the Supreme Court draft and a possible reversal of Roe v. Wade has unleashed many feelings. I am pro-life. I regret Roe v. Wade. That said, what is playing out in the newly reenergized debate about abortion troubles me in one special way. “The law brings wrath”... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Meyer Minute
“Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!” (Psalm 36:10) I woke up tired this morning but dutifully did my devotion. I’ve read Psalm 36 countless times but this morning, aha! Verse 10 jumped out at me. “If the Holy... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
“My sheep hear my voice,” says Jesus. Innumerable voices clamor to get into our heads, but one voice gets to our heart. Like a lost child who hears mother’s reassuring voice, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them.” “Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Diane asked, “Are you going to do a Minute today?” “I want to do one for Mother’s Day, but not sure what to say.” She looked at me with eyes wide open. “You don’t know what to say about Mother’s Day?” Diane knows how important Mom has been to me,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Today is the National Day of Prayer. Begun in 1952, this day of prayer puts 1 Timothy 2:1-2 into practice, “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Photographs from space have become common, and we probably take for granted pictures of planet Earth, a blue, green, and white orb with a dark, forbidding background. We might say these photos of Earth give us a “God’s eye view” of the home the Creator made for us. “God sits... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
“Lord, when the shadows lengthen / And night has come, I know that You will strengthen / My steps toward home.” That’s a haunting verse from the popular hymn, “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me.” Julie von Hausmann delicately described the time when death draws near to you, to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Today’s Minute is not about Putin, but he’s the starting point. He has turned a necessity of modern life, gas and oil, into weapons against Poland and Bulgaria. Now, back to Jesus’ command to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
“Hope” can be a bland word. “I hope my White Sox break their losing streak,” maybe, maybe not, life will go on. Ministers sometimes strengthen “hope” by adding “the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life.” What are your hopes? A congregation I know and like has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Yesterday 260 million Orthodox Christians observed Easter. “President Vladimir Putin on Sunday attended an Easter mass conducted by the Russian Orthodox church, which has strongly backed the Kremlin leader’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine. …In Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, holding a lit red candle…the Russian leader crossed himself several... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
It’s Maundy Thursday, a day you can go to your local church museum and get a guided historical tour of the institution of the Lord’s Supper. The tour guide says, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed…took bread…took wine…and said, ‘This do in remembrance of me.’”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
In 1519 Martin Luther wrote “A Meditation on Christ’s Passion.” He contrasts people who go through Holy Week rituals but don’t see themselves dying with Christ to people who don’t bother with the ritual at all, people like the increasing number of Americans walking away from Church. Making that contrast,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
CBS Was There” was a radio program that debuted in 1947. In 1953 it transitioned to television with a new title, “You Were There.” I remember seeing the program on our Admiral black-and-white television, a sobering thought. Narrated by Walter Cronkite, the program took us to the crash of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Happy Birthday, Mom! A woman’s age can be a sensitive topic, but I hope you’ll indulge me. Tomorrow my mother turns 96. She’s healthy, her mind is active, but says she doesn’t have the energy to do all the things she still wants to do. She lives in Paris, Illinois,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Diane cut some daffodils yesterday, and I find my eyes keep turning to those simple but beautiful flowers. Outdoors, the forsythias, magnolias, greening grass, and all the other beauties of spring fill me with wonder. For a moment you forget, forget yourself, forget the busyness of the day, and just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Diane cut some daffodils yesterday, and I find my eyes keep turning to those simple but beautiful flowers. Outdoors, the forsythias, magnolias, greening grass, and all the other beauties of spring fill me with wonder. For a moment you forget, forget yourself, forget the busyness of the day, and just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Last week the results of a study were released. Regular viewers of Fox News were paid $15 an hour to watch 7 hours of CNN during hours they normally watched Fox. “Despite regular Fox viewers being largely strong partisans, we found manifold effects of changing the slant of their media... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Did you give anything up for Lent? Early this morning it dawned on me that there’s not much Lent left, next Sunday begins Holy Week. I reflected that I haven’t given anything up this Lent, or did I? A little more waking up, thank you coffee, and I realized, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Seminarians learn “proper” ways to pray. Fine, you want a pastor to bring biblical eloquence to immediate needs, but sometimes propriety and reverence seem to douse what should be passion in prayer. I sometimes hear Lutheran pastors read the public prayers almost like they’re reciting ritual incantations, an affected tone... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
The life of faith is not easy. Over the years, I’ve heard seminarians compare salvation by our good works to God’s gift of salvation received through faith. Sometimes they say that salvation by faith is easy. No. Salvation by works is impossible but a lifelong walk with Jesus to heaven... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Jesus begins His famous parable, “The younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country.” What would “far country” have meant in the first century? It was outside of Israel, a Gentile land, a place where religion and morality were different than back home. Our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
I’ve adopted the following prayer that was first offered for a London hospital in the 1940’s (“For All the Saints,” III, 903). Almighty God, You sent Your Son into the world to heal our hurts of body, mind, and soul: We pray You to bless the work of all hospitals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Last Friday I was paging through the New York Times and came upon this ad: “Abramorama & Osmosis Films Present The Quest for Sleep, narrated by Octavia Spencer.” Huh, is this a real movie? I don’t usually spend much time in the Arts section of the Times, but this got... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at The Meyer Minute
Ukraine hasn’t been the first terrible crime by the leader of a country. From Sunday’s Gospel, Luke 13:1-5: “There were some present at that very time who told [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.” They wanted Jesus’ opinion, much like people seeking out commentators... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The Meyer Minute