We’re excited to welcome Pastor James Hein to our blogging family at Time of Grace. James is pastor at a Christian church in Rochester, MN. His writing is intended to help Christians see the world through the eyes of faith, apply biblical principles to society, and gain appreciation for changeless truth in a changing world. His in-depth perspective on today’s issues will get you thinking about the role you play as a Christian in the world today.
It seems like... Read More
Last week, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler were on a train to Paris. That’s when these three men stopped a terrorist and started a media storm.
The people of France—the people of the world, quite frankly—were astonished that young men in their 20s would run toward the gunman when train staff ran away and barricaded themselves in other carriages. Reporters were captivated by their instinct, their courage, and their humility.
They were given France’s highest civilian award and... Read More
I still can’t quite get over the hoo-ha created by the death of Cecil the lion (remember to use the British pronunciation: “Sessel,” not “Seessle”). Temple Grandin is a well-known designer of humane animal handling systems for the livestock industry, and she attributes the uproar to the mere fact that the lion had a name.
Did the mighty Minnesota dentist hunter break Zimbabwean law? Dr. Walter Palmer claims that he had hired Zimbabwean hunting guides and followed their instructions. He... Read More
If you didn’t know about the Ashley Madison website before, hackers have made sure you do now. The company is clear about its purpose: “Life is short. Have an affair.” Over 37 million people used this “online personals and dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters, and extramarital affairs.” Except it wasn’t so discreet. Those users and their e-mail addresses were recently released by hackers. Stories of betrayal, shame, humiliation, outrage, and additional attempts to cover up the... Read More
It never fails.
Every summer God and I get reacquainted. Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement. He feeds me 365 days a year through his wonderful Word, and I delight daily in his gifts and protection against the Dark One. What I mean is that God’s self-revelation to the human race through the masterpiece of his creation is always much more vivid to me in summer.
I wonder if it’s because we all slow down a little midyear. Psalm 19 tells... Read More
As if parents don’t have enough fears for their children . . . Have you seen the most recent viral video where Coby Persin, a 21-year-old who is famous for his YouTube stunts, gets serious? He created a Facebook account where he posed as a 15-year-old boy and “with the parents’ permission I friend requested three girls, ages 14, 13, and 12 years old,” he explains in the video.
The comments on his Facebook page are full of people encouraging... Read More
America just cannot seem to make any progress in dialogue and action on racial reconciliation.
Here in Cheddarland, a Unitarian church suffered some vandalism to its “Black Lives Matter” banner. Someone sliced out the word Black. A political action group using that phrase as its tagline actually harassed and ended a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle last week, which seems crazy because a leftist like Bernie would seem to be most dialed into their concerns. They seized his mike and drove... Read More
Yesterday my firstborn started kindergarten. Next week she starts high school. Apparently, I blinked. While there is a little bit of wistfulness, mainly I’m excited. She is ready, more than ready—and so am I.
Now, no one has ever accused me of being a helicopter parent, but there are still those moments of fear. That’s why I appreciate the prevalence of articles and books that discuss “overparenting.” It’s a reminder that any egotistical need to control or be over-involved could... Read More
Have you ever listened to Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on public radio? He ends the storytelling part of his weekly variety show with the descriptive phrase about a fictional Minnesota town, “That’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”
Garrison, you wish. I have read some very compelling research analyses by expert social scientists who prove beyond a shadow of a doubt... Read More
In June Tullian Tchividjian, a well-known, often-quoted pastor who loved to preach about God’s unlimited grace, stepped down because of an affair.
In typical fashion, the “popular pastor falls from grace” story made news for a while. Believers were disappointed and hurt, while some were smug. Unbelievers pointed out yet another example of believers’ hypocrisy. Like in most scandals, those who had been “shamed” disappeared.
But this time, after only a little over a month, Tchividjian (who is Billy Graham’s... Read More