Kevin Meyer : Requiascet in Pacem

I received news today that one of my old dorm-mates, Kevin Meyer, was called to glory this week.  While we  didn’t run in the same circles, we were in the same dorm together for two years.  Our dorm was such that rooms were mostly for sleeping.  The hallway was where we lived.

Kevin was “an Israelite in whom there is no guile.”  In two years of rather close living, I don’t recall ever seeing him raise his voice, or even respond to anyone in anger.  He was always ready to lend an ear, and when he asked, “Is something wrong?” he was genuinely concerned.

I only saw him one more time after after college, and this is my clearest memory of him. because I was so impressed with it.  I was a pastor in Chicago when he was on his vicarage in the same circuit.  At one of our meetings the topic was historical criticism, and he was asked by one of the pastors, and the 1VP pf the district, his views on the matter.

Vicars have no voice.  They have no opinions, other than what their supervising pastor says.  Telling a pastor from a neighboring church “you are wrong” is just not something to be done.  It is a good way to fail your vicarage.  And, aside from me, there were no other allies at that meeting on this issue.  The smart thing to do would have been to defer, evade, etc.  Kevin not only defended our Lord’s Word, he did so with a winsomeness that I have rarely seen.  When he was done, even the most vocal critics of “those seminaries and the young pastors” were considering his words in a way that made me think they might just re-evaluate their long held theological positions.   Of course, they didn’t do that, but they respected his answer, because his answer was worthy of respect.

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth, for they rest from their labors, and all their works do follow them.”


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