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Flirting with Faith

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May 2009 Archives

Taking Steps to Fight the Sex Trade…

posted by Joan Ball

Brian Wurzell, a fellow blogger at ConversantLife.com, posted this interview with three young women who are going beyond change-the-world rhetoric and putting their money, time and energy where there mouths are to combat the international sex trade. Bethany Hoang, Jeannie […]

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Canary in a Coal Mine…

posted by Joan Ball

Woke up this morning with the chorus ‘Canary in a Coal Mine’ by the Police running through my head. (That’s Sting’s old band, for you young’uns.)  I couldn’t remember the verses. Just a continuous loop – canary in a coal […]

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Who Do You Trust and Why Do You Trust Them?

posted by Joan Ball

I can’t stop thinking about trust. Who we trust, why we trust them and how behavior and decision-making is impacted by our answers to those questions.  It started with the Swine Flu. The CDC and World Health Organization were conducting […]

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God Loves Me, But Not Her…

posted by Joan Ball

I came across the following exchange on Facebook… Status update: “I know God loves me, but how could God love **her**?” What do I do with that? Response… Admit that it is a good point. That unconditional love is ridiculous. […]

Memorial Day in New York: A Small Town Story…

posted by Joan Ball

My parents moved my three brothers, my sister and myself out of Brooklyn to a small town about 50 miles northwest of the City when I was in elementary school. It was a nervy move. They were in their 20s, […]

Hello, My Name is Joan and I Remember…

posted by Joan Ball

An old friend posted this short poem by Charles Bukowski on his Facebook page yesterday and it has been haunting me ever since. I am not sure what was going through his mind when he shared the link, but it recalled for […]

What Is One Thing You Plan to Do Today that Makes Your Heart Sing?

posted by Joan Ball

What do you love to do? Forget practicality. Forget whether you have the time or the money or the education or skills. Forget everything that is on your plate or what is possible. What is that thing that makes your […]

Some Teaching on Being Teachable…

posted by Joan Ball

More honest and transparent wisdom from reader/commenter/friend Andrea in response to On Being Teachable: This Dog Wants to Learn Some New Tricks… I was contemplating your question and looking at the ways in which I am teachable. I started to […]

On Being Teachable: This Dog Wants To Learn Some New Tricks

posted by Joan Ball

What is it that makes it so hard to remain teachable? Seems like the older I get the more prone I am to pick up a bias or embrace and absolute. This despite both knowing better and making a personal […]

Happy (Bad) Mother’s Day: A Message for the Rest of Us

posted by Joan Ball

Mother’s Day is upon us. I can’t tell you how many times I approached this Hallmark holiday with a sense of obligation. Both as a daughter and a mother, I frequently found myself feeling put upon as I attended a […]

What’s a Beatitude?

posted by Joan Ball

There are some terms that are thrown around by Christians who grew up in church as if the rest of us actually might know what they mean – yet, there are many people in and outside of the church that […]

Connecting Online…

posted by Joan Ball

I blog here at Beliefnet.com and at ConversantLife.com. On Twitter I’m @joanpball and I am one of several Joan Balls from New York on Facebook. I keep up with past students and professional business contacts on LinkedIn and have my eyes […]

Allow Me to Reintroduce the Christ: Poet Blair Wingo

posted by Joan Ball

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 predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

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 predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

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 actually parted with money that would have gone to paying

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 thought-provoking daily reflections and inspirational Easter season

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 thought-provoking daily reflections on Palm Sunday, Fig Monday, Grea

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

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