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On today’s show, I have Paul Meier, who is a Former Lutheran Pastor located in Eastern Kentucky.
This episode is probably one of my favorites because our conversation took an unexpected turn. As Paul was talking about how he was led to work in ministry later in life, we discussed what later led him out of the ministry. One of those reasons was how his church congregation felt about homosexuality and Christianity.
I think our conversation will surprise and enlighten you and I hope no matter what you feel about this topic that you will open your heart and mind while you listen.
Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!
Paul Meier | Former Lutheran Pastor
In today’s episode, you’ll find out:
- How he got called to become a pastor later in life.
- How he emotionally handled being exposed to people’s worst moments of their lives.
- If he ever experienced burnout and how he handled it.
- His thoughts on gay couples and Christianity.
- The difficult and most rewarding parts of being a pastor.
- The advice he’d give to people who are a beginner at learning about Christianity.
Paul W. Meier, a second career pastor, received a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Masters of Sacred Theology degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He served eleven years in parish ministry. He’s a member of the board of directors for Trinity/HOPE, an organization that feeds children in Haiti (www.trinityhope.org) and also serves as the chairperson in his synod for the ELCA Malaria Campaign as it joins with others to eradicate malaria from third world countries.
Key takeaways from this episode
“I almost felt like it was expected that I would go into the ministry.” – Paul Meier
“All of the sudden, it seemed like some words came off of the page and were speaking right to me.” – Paul MeierMeditation helped me come to know myself better. - @PaulWMeier on the Day in the Life podcast hosted by @brittneyllynn Click To Tweet
“Too often our thoughts control us.” – Paul MeierLearning how to pray without words is hard and learning how to empty your mind is hard, it just takes a lot of practice. - @PaulWMeier on the Day in the Life podcast Click To Tweet
“I think what meditation really does is it helps you become aware of your own thoughts.” – Paul MeierOnce you become aware of your own thoughts, you can decide how you want to respond. - @PaulWMeier on the Day in the Life podcast Click To Tweet
“Our egos are the most fragile and insecure of our thoughts and minds.” – Paul Meier
“Trust your heart and trust your instincts.” – Paul Meier
“Don’t worry about what’s going to happen when you’re dead.” – Paul Meier
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