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April 2009 Archives

A Crisis of Trust? What the Swine Flu Say About Us

posted by Joan Ball

The news and tracking of the swine flu has my old crisis communications juices flowing. In the 1990s I spent several years as the lead communicator for a nuclear power plant on the east coast. One of my primary responsibilities […]

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The Swine Who Cried Wolf: How Mass Media and a Decade of Emergencies Has Desensitized a Nation

posted by Joan Ball

I don’t know whether or not Swine Flu, Mexican Flu, American Flu or whatever they decide to finally call it will elevate to pandemic proportions. I do not know if the death of the young boy in Texas reported this […]

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Fear, Faith and Swine Flu: Learning to Live with Uncertainty

posted by Joan Ball

Lots of people are talking about, writing about and tracking the progress of the swine flu. The CDC, WHO and Department of Homeland Security are providing regular updates. Reporters, bloggers and Twitterers are providing lists of symptoms, prevention measures and, […]

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Sage Advice on Grief and Mourning: Maybe Facebook Isn’t So Evil After All…

posted by Joan Ball

Much has been written about the dangers of social networking, including concern over Facebook as an addiction or a substitute for genuine face-to-face relationships with real people. Like any other tool, it holds the potential to do harm or good […]

Are You Addicted to Facebook? Take This Test and Find Out

posted by Joan Ball

I found this simple 15-question questionnaire linked to a CNN article on Facebook addiction. It was written by Paula Pile, a marriage and family therapist who practices in Greensboro, North Carolina. She states in the article that she’d had three […]

A Tribute to My Mother on the Anniversary of Her Death

posted by Joan Ball

My mother passed away one year ago today at age 65 a short three weeks after the death of my father who was 67. The following is a version of their story that I read at my mother’s funeral. I […]

Dr. Muhammad Yunus Brings Micro-finance to New York City

posted by Joan Ball

As organizations like Kiva, Acumen Fund and Grameen Bank become increasingly recognized for their efforts to use micro-finance and social business to help the poorest of the poor in developing nations to gain the credit they need to start small […]

Money, Greed, Envy and Gluttony are Cruel Masters…

posted by Joan Ball

Following up on a post titled, This I Believe: Money isn’t Everything, a faithful reader shared the following hard-hitting and thought-provoking wisdom. Thanks Andrea. Money is a cruel master, disguised as a bigger house, newer car, trendy clothes, impeccable lawn […]

This I Believe: Money Isn’t Everything…

posted by Joan Ball

I submitted an essay several months ago to a National Public Radio Program called This I Believe, an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. Browsing the archives is like a […]

Susan Boyle and the Eye of the Beholder

posted by Joan Ball

I am happy for Susan Boyle. I really am. A lifelong dream of singing in front of a large audience is realized and she rises to the challenge with a heartfelt delivery of a beautiful, challenging song. She is Cinderella, […]

What is it about Susan Boyle that Moves Us?

posted by Joan Ball

When I posted a link to a video of 47 year old Susan Boyle here yesterday under the simple heading, Are You Judgmental?, I had no idea that I was caught up in an online phenomenon that was about to catch the […]

Are You Judgmental?

posted by Joan Ball

Take a look at this and find out… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk

Parable of a Parable: Philosopher Peter Rollins’ Spin on The Pearl of Great Price

posted by Joan Ball

I’d never heard of author and philosopher Peter Rollins when I met him at a conference in Memphis, Tennessee several months ago. In fact, we shared a couple of those “turn to your neighbor and discuss…” moments before I learned […]

Beyond Charity: Eradicating Extreme Poverty With Dignity

posted by Joan Ball

In the 1980’s, long before Bono’s “One” Initiative and the UN Millenium Development Goals brought extreme poverty into worldwide focus, 25 year old Jacqueline Novogratz left a cushy Wall Street banking job and stepped onto a plane to Kigali, Rwanda […]

Am I The Only One Who Dropped the Ball on Lent?

posted by Joan Ball

I kicked off my first Lent with great enthusiasm and expectation. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was that I expected, but I imagined it would be difficult to spend 40 days stretching the boundaries of comfort and routine to […]

He is Risen? What’s the Story with Easter?

posted by Joan Ball

He is Risen. Those three words are showing up everywhere today. Before heading out to church and back to back feasts with family, (not sure if it is traditional, but I’m already full thinking about all of the food on […]

Jesus Is Dead…Now What?

posted by Joan Ball

You open your eyes slowly, turning from your side to your back and struggling to focus exhausted eyes on the exposed rafters of the roof above you. “Was it a dream?” you ask the air, as you shift mind and […]

Faced Uncertainty, Persevered and Learned From It? Students Would Love to Hear Your Story

posted by Joan Ball

Several of my students have asked me what kind of answers I received to my most recent post, Wanted: Wisdom for Soon-To-Be College Grads Facing an Uncertain Future. While they have been portrayed in the media as overly entitled trophy kids raised […]

Wanted: Wisdom for Soon-To-Be College Grads Facing an Uncertain Future…

posted by Joan Ball

Less than 50 days until graduation and my undergraduate college students are starting to get a little nervous. Some know where they are going when they leave school – graduate school or a job offer on the heels of an […]

Palm Sunday: Would You Do It?

posted by Joan Ball

Have you ever wondered if you would do it? If – with full knowledge that you would be betrayed and denied by your friends; stripped of everything you own; beaten and taunted; and, finally, put to death in a brutal […]

The Relational Life: Snapshots from Part 2 of ‘So Beautiful’ by Leonard Sweet

posted by Joan Ball

The second part of Leonard Sweet‘s new book, So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church, focuses on the “R” in what Sweet calls the “MRI” manifestation of faith (where “M” is Missional, “R” is Relational and “I” is Incarnational. Click […]

The Missional Life: Snapshots from Part 1 of ‘So Beautiful’ by Leonard Sweet

posted by Joan Ball

Len Sweet‘s new book, So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church, is ripe with wisdom about what it means to live a faith that transcends attractional, colonial models. Introducing what he calls a “So Beautiful” or MRI manifestation […]

I’m Glad I Didn’t Go to Church As a Kid.

posted by Joan Ball

I didn’t go to church as a kid. In fact, I didn’t believe in God until I was in my 30s. I can only speculate about what might have been better in my life had I grown up in church. Maybe […]

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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