Say It Ain’t So, Pastor Paul Meier

The claim is made in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, that Prof. Paul Meier endorses silliness in worship. Either his views are misrepresented or he is smoking a controlled substance. Some clarity is needed.


3 comments on “Say It Ain’t So, Pastor Paul Meier

  1. fathertheophilus says:

    Christianity in America is an absolute joke. Seriously. And Lutherans are just as deeply infected with the deadly, terminal cancer as anyone else. Face it. If you were to do this stuff in about 90 percent of Lutheran churches the people would just eat this stuff up. I’m almost embarrassed to be a Christian sometimes and be associated with these people.

    I don’t want it, but some hardcore persecution would be the best thing for Christianity in America, but undoubtedly the devil knows he’s making more hay this way than he ever would if we were being persecuted.

    When I think about it, we are already being persecuted, but by our own co-religionists who despise us for speaking out against this drivel. God help us.

  2. peter speckhard says:

    I didn’t think Dr. Maier was specifically endorsing this particular ridiculous service but merely commenting on the historical practice (which I had never heard of) of focusing on levity on the Sunday after Easter, sort of like the Blessing of the animals in RC parishes (or, worse, polka masses). The problem is, why does it have to be during worship? There is a time for everything, and if this pastor wants to do wacky object lessons, why not do it at some sort of congregational family fun night? This is just as absurd as having the whole crowd open the hymnal for Vespers during the seventh innning stretch of a church league softball game– not bad per se, but definitely out of place.

  3. pomeranus says:

    I think this is probably a case of someone running with an idea or fact and then running amok. What is troubling is that Prof. Meier is dragged into this. His name and his position as a professor and as an LCMS VP are thrown into the story to lend credibility. I am not sure whether the clown or the reporter dragged the good professor into the practice of Easter hilarity. I trust that what has happened is what we all have experienced. Someone takes a sermon or passing remark and runs amok Then they attribute it to the pastor. I guess my issue is mostly with the reporter. I hope that Prof. Meier can bring some clarity to the ancient practice. A dash of hilarity could have its place. When hilarity becomes and end in itself, there is little space left for the Gospel. Heresy continues to be a matter of carrying a truth to an extreme which renders it false.

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