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Daniel Meeter

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Untouchable Sacraments

My congregation celebrates weekly Communion, and we’ve learned how to do it “at home,” via Zoom. It’s hardly ideal, although we’ve discovered unexpected gifts in our homely Eucharists. But as Helen Luhrs wrote here on The Twelve last week, we…
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How Dead Was Our Lord?

In 1945, in Germany, during the jostling of US Army units across the Rhine, two GIs chanced to meet. My dad, in the 12th Army Group, had come in through Normandy, and Chuck Terpstra, in the 7th Army, came up…
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Was the Lord Jesus Immune?

Was the Lord Jesus immune? From illness? Was he invulnerable to sickness during the days that he walked with us upon the earth? When Our Lord touched people to heal them, was he safe from infection? Is that why he…
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I Perceive I Am a Prophet!

For my sermon for the First Sunday of Advent I used an image that I got from my summer mornings at the lake. I wake up before dawn, make my coffee, and go down to my little prayer-deck at the…
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You’re My Dominee

Early on an August morning, I left our cottage in the dark to go see Peter. I drove up past Mountain Grove to get on Highway 7 (here the Trans-Canada) for the three-hour drive. Through Kaladar, Madoc, and Marmora, the…
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Me and the Jews

Just a couple weeks ago, on the evening of Yom Kippur, I took my usual seat at the Synagogue. I haven’t missed the Kol Nidre service in eighteen years. I’m expected there, as the pastor of Old First Church—not least…
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Common Grace and Global Disaster

by Daniel Meeter In the second congregation I pastored, one in Ontario, there was a thermostat on the wall of the hallway that led to the sanctuary. That hallway was where the consistory lined up, Dutch style, before we marched…
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Climate March

by Daniel Meeter As you read this, the Lord willing, I am on a bus to Washington, D.C. for the People’s Climate March. I feel awkward when I do this kind of thing. The other people on the bus made…
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Our Lord’s Body

by Daniel Meeter We can be pretty sure that the Lord Jesus, in the thirty-three years of his life on the landscape, possessed a body that was no different than any of ours. He was not immortal. He was not…
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Of Election and the Mets

by Daniel Meeter I seen two no-hitters in my life. I go to like maybe two games a year, and I never seen a grand slam, but I seen two no-hitters. I seen Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter that he pitched as…