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What Books Influenced Your Spiritual Formation Most?

posted by Joan Ball

I came across a blog post today that posed a simple question, What Books Influenced Your Christian Formation the Most? A number of thoughtful comments followed with lists of writers, some of whom I had read or heard of and others new […]

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Exponential Change 2: Blaming Technology for Bad Behavior

posted by Joan Ball

Woke up this morning still thinking about the impact on human beings of living through a time of Exponential Change.  I’m not referring to the masses. I have a difficult enough time figuring out where I fit in the world without […]

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Exponential Change: What Does it Mean For You?

posted by Joan Ball

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Atheism, Faith and Defining the Unfathomable

posted by Joan Ball

Leonard, Philly, Albert and Greta have really gotten me thinking about faith, fear and how we interact with and perceive one another in light of our different viewpoints on God (faith or no).  If you are coming to the conversation […]

Is Conversion Possible?

posted by Joan Ball

In his comment on yesterday’s “I Was Never a Real Atheist” post, Nick commented: “While I agree that the ‘Geek Squad guy’ was mistaken in his assumption that you were never an atheist, it’s also the case that many former […]

I Was Never a ‘Real’ Atheist…

posted by Joan Ball

That’s what the Geek Squad guy at Best Buy told me, anyway. It was a little over a year ago, and I was at the counter with my husband Martin’s laptop, hoping that his difficulty connecting to our wireless network […]

Lost Generation? Maybe, Maybe Not.

posted by Joan Ball

Story Time: The King and the Peasant

posted by Joan Ball

God decided to become visible to a king and a peasant and sent an angel to inform them of the blessed event.  ‘O King,’ the angel announced. ‘God has deigned to be revealed to you in whatever manner you wish. […]

Thought for the Day: Rainer Maria Rilke

posted by Joan Ball

“Oh my heart feels like a spring, and next to it lies my old deep sullen well. Let it. I’m not drawing from it these days.”- Rilke

An Irish Blessing

posted by Joan Ball

Author Unknown   I wish you not a path devoid of clouds,Nor a life on a bed or roses.Nor, that you might never need regret,Nor that you should never feel pain. No, this is not my wish for you. My […]

Who Is Jesus?

posted by Joan Ball

One of the things that I love most about this blog is wide variety of people from different faith and life perspectives it tends to attract. Christians (Catholic and Protestant), Jews, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics and the deconverted swing by to […]

The Most Excellent Way (Part 2)

posted by Joan Ball

In Part 1 I’m learning that I am a day late and a dollar short when it comes to accepting (and, by association sharing) God’s love. I’m chewing on 1 Corinthians 13…particularly 1 Corinthians 13:4 and beyond…to get a taste of what […]

The Most Excellent Way (Part 1)

posted by Joan Ball

I go to a Benedictine Monastery for a 24-hour silent retreat with the express purpose of listening. No agenda. No ‘what’s my purpose?’ or ‘what’s my next step?’ This was not my first visit to Holy Cross, but it was […]

The Art of Listening…

posted by Joan Ball

I can’t help but love an organization whose stated mission is to “honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.” StoryCorps is a not-for-profit that sets up listening booths all over the country (maybe the world now) and helps people to […]

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb…

posted by Joan Ball

My son Ian turns 11 on March 24. He has been telling me since March 1, when we had a small blizzard here in New York, that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Looking out […]

Can Seemingly Bad Things Work Out For The Good?

posted by Joan Ball

I was listening to a podcast yesterday. An interesting discussion about faith and the arts hosted by the International Arts Movement in New York. While the content of the interview was fascinating, it was a question from the audience that […]

Who Does Jesus Think I Am?

posted by Joan Ball

Last week I christened this blog and briefly introduced myself with a post titled, “Who Do I Think I Am?” This morning I woke with another question on my mind that was prompted by a book I recently read called […]

Grief is Sneaky

posted by Joan Ball

I had my hair done last night. One step closer to returning my blonde hair to its original state after misguided attempt to go brown – chocolate brown – left me looking like I was wearing a bad wig. My […]

Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women: International Women’s Day

posted by Joan Ball

Did you know that Monday, March 8 is International Women’s Day?  I didn’t, until I received the following email notification from the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), an organization I follow that promotes communication as a means for social […]

When Helping Becomes Cheating – or Worse…

posted by Joan Ball

Adele shared the following anecdote in response to my last post, Cheating is Not Okay: Or is It? Having someone else write your paper does you no good. If the teacher would be unreasonable and not offer an extension, then […]

Cheating is Not Okay: Or is It?

posted by Joan Ball

“What is the situation with regard to cheating on this campus,” I asked some of my undergraduate students in class this morning.  I was trying to decide how to handle a makeup test and find that students are surprisingly willing […]

Have I Told You Yet That I’m Not Sure if I’m a Christian?

posted by Joan Ball

“Have I told you yet that I’m not sure if I’m a Christian?” writes Andrea in the comments on my post about my first Lent. “I vacillate and ponder and struggle every day with my spirituality.” Sharing that she is […]

My First Lent: Thanks to Twitter and the Monks

posted by Joan Ball

Lent is one of those Christian traditions that everyone seems to know about, Christian or not. I remember encountering Lent in my school days through the kids who’d show up with dirt on their heads complaining that they couldn’t eat […]

Who Do I Think I Am?

posted by Joan Ball

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joan Ball and I’m the newest blogger on the Christianity channel at Beliefnet. As I sit here on my living room couch considering the best way to kick off this new adventure, […]

Previous Posts

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of ...

posted 2:48:59pm Feb. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century?
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of ...

posted 12:57:29pm May. 25, 2011 | read full post »

Holy Saturday: Thoughts on Sacrifice
Woke this morning thinking about sacrifice and how infrequently most of us, myself included, actually sacrifice anything of true value to ourselves for God and others. Sure we give money to our favorite charities. But when is the last time we ...

posted 9:50:42am Apr. 23, 2011 | read full post »

Maundy Thursday: Inspirational Holy Week Stories for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers ...

posted 9:51:07am Apr. 21, 2011 | read full post »

An Ordinary Holy Week Primer for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers ...

posted 12:27:39am Apr. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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