About Paul W. Meier

     I’m a second career Lutheran pastor (now retired from parish ministry), living in the Midwest, and struggling with questions of tradition and scripture.  Shouldn’t life inside religion be easier than this?  What does it mean to be the church?  Where is God in all this?

     I blog on issues of life, self-discovery, seeking guidance in scripture, and questioning what role the church should play in the world. I’ve given myself permission to question what the church has taught and encourage you to do the same. Neither Jesus nor Luther allowed his tradition to overpower what the Word said to them. The Gospels are filled with examples of Jesus showing the experts in Scripture how they interpreted the Scriptures improperly. I enjoy re-interpreting the Scriptures from Greek and Aramaic without manipulating it to fit fourth century doctrines—I’m informed by tradition but not bound by it.

     I’m on the board of directors for Trinity/HOPE, an organization feeding children in Christian schools in Haiti. I went to Haiti in March of 2011 where I saw the great need for this feeding program the great efficiency in using 98% of its donations to feed children. I also headed up the ELCA Malaria Campaign for the Indiana-Kentucky Synod.

     I taught high school biology, coached, and then owned a business before receiving my M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School and an S.T.M. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. I enjoy writing, fishing, boating, centering prayer, and growing blackberries and blueberries.

     I hope you’ll check back once in a while and add to the conversation.