Time of Grace Blog http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog en-us Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Sat, 14 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Sat, 07 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Thu, 05 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500Thu, 29 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Copyright (c) 2018 Time of Grace Rejoice . . . even when winter won’t end http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/WhenWinterWontEnd http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/WhenWinterWontEnd Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 As I write this, winter is pummeling the Midwest—again. On Sunday, April 15 (affectionately labeled by a friend of mine as January 105th), some parts of Wisconsin officially had their biggest snowstorm in 130 years. Baseball... An f-bomb in the pastor’s office http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/AnFbombInThePastorsOffice http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/AnFbombInThePastorsOffice Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 The woman dropped the f-bomb in my office. And she didn’t even flinch.  I tried to hide how offended I was, to take a deep breath and not overreact, but then she dropped it again.... Are you prepared? http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/AreYouPrepared http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/AreYouPrepared Sat, 14 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 It was the night of the regional championship game. The coach gave the varsity girls his usual pregame talk and then looked at my daughter and asked, “Ready for the devotion?” It took her a... Jesus, why give us a snack during church? http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/Jesus_WhyGiveUsASnack http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/Jesus_WhyGiveUsASnack Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 For most of my life, the Lord’s Supper seemed strange to me. I didn’t think it fit with the rest of worship. I grew up going to a very traditional church in a very old,... This struggle might be the spiritual wake-up you need http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/ThisStruggleMightBeTheSpiritualWakeupYouNeed http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/ThisStruggleMightBeTheSpiritualWakeupYouNeed Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 New Year’s resolutions are great, but I’m finding I need to readjust my focus more often than once a year. In truth, I need weekly and sometimes daily resets. Stepping on the scale makes it... It got me thinking . . . http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/ItGotMeThinking http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/ItGotMeThinking Sat, 07 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 I sat next to my son, my only son, in church last week—and the readings from Scripture got me thinking. As we heard the account of the Passover (Exodus 12), I imagined the thankfulness the... Nikolas has a fan club http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/NikolasHasAFanClub http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/NikolasHasAFanClub Thu, 05 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Nikolas Cruz is the 19-year-old young man in police custody who is accused of gunning down 17 people and wounding another 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. If the allegations are... An introvert at a potluck http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/AnIntrovertAtAPotluck http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/AnIntrovertAtAPotluck Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 “I hate potlucks.” My head snapped up and I stared at the woman who had just uttered the unthinkable. You hate potlucks?! Did you mean “ate” potlucks? Because the only time hate and potlucks should... Is the Democratic Party hostile to Catholics? http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/IsTheDemocraticPartyHostileToCatholics http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/IsTheDemocraticPartyHostileToCatholics Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Everybody here in Milwaukee still remembers Archbishop Timothy Dolan fondly. A jovial Irishman with a round, red beaming face, he exuberantly represented Milwaukee’s Catholics upon his installation in 2002. Catholics and non-Catholics alike loved his... Greetings from the trough of sorrow http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/GreetingsFromTheTroughOfSorrow http://www.timeofgrace.org/blog/GreetingsFromTheTroughOfSorrow Thu, 29 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Recently I was introduced to the term “trough of sorrow.” It is the time during which an entrepreneur tries to convince people that his or her idea, talent, or product is worthwhile. The consumer remains...