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What Kind of Christian Are You?

posted by Joan Ball

Sitting on a black leather covered banquette in a funky basement performance space in the East Village last night while a group of passionate and talented writers read smart, often hilarious, stories about their bumbling, stumbling and wrangling toward faith, […]

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What’s In Your Hands?: Guest Post from Dr. Sujay

posted by Joan Ball

A guest post from Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook (Dr. Sujay) Last week we asked, “Whose Hands is it in?”  This week, I’d like to focus on “What’s in your hands?” Moses was an amazing figure in Biblical history. In fact, many […]

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Michael Jackson: Prodigy? Monster? Does it Matter?

posted by Joan Ball

Michael Jackson was a cultural icon, an amazing talent, a child prodigy and, unfortunately, a person whose personal issues ran so deep that he spent many years hurting himself and others. I can only know what I read about this […]

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Creativity, Love and Wisdom: A Poem by Talia Pittaluga at Age 9

posted by Joan Ball

Most people who frequent this blog know that both of my parents passed away last spring. They were young by today’s standards, 65 and 67. My mother was sick for some time and succumbed to kidney cancer in April. My […]

A Parable of Change, Growth and Turning Things Around

posted by Joan Ball

There Is a Hole in My Sidewalk: Autobiography in Five Short ChaptersBy Portia Nelson, sent to me by a good friend. Chapter OneI walk down the street.There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.I fall in.I am lost…I am helpless.It isn’t […]

GUEST POST: Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook. Our Nation: Whose Hands is it In?

posted by Joan Ball

This is the first of seven weekly guest posts from Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook, Author, Speaker, Senior Pastor at the Bronx Christian Fellowship Church in New York and Founder of Wall Street Wednesdays, a mid-week service that has been held for […]

What is That?: A Greek Parable for Father’s Day

posted by Joan Ball

 

Happy Father’s Day?

posted by Joan Ball

I’ve never been big on anniversary-type, annual celebrations. I always have to do the math to figure out how long I’ve been married (12 or 13 years) or how long I’ve been sober (one more year than married) and I […]

Good Times and Black Jesus…

posted by Joan Ball

I was 8 when this Good Times episode ran. Not sure if I saw it then, although the program was a family staple back in the days when we only got three network channels and PBS. It wasn’t until I […]

Have Random Acts of Kindness Become an Oddity?

posted by Joan Ball

Why is it that we are so surprised when people do wonderful, selfless, one-sided, things for us?   I’m talking about those times when we have a need – expressed or hidden – and someone senses it and fills it […]

Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook Returns to D.C. for Mid-day Worship Project

posted by Joan Ball

Does Washington D.C. Need a Spiritual Stimulus Package? Reverend Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook, the woman that the New York times described as “Billy Graham and Oprah rolled into one,” thinks so – and she is bringing it in the form of […]

It’s Never Too Late to be What You Might Have Been…

posted by Joan Ball

A George Eliot quote on a framed handprinted greeting card sits on the fireplace mantle in my living room. It reads: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” I thought of it when I saw this video. […]

Just Do It: Wisdom and Encouragement From Mother Teresa

posted by Joan Ball

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.Love them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do […]

Swine Flu (H1N1) Declared First Pandemic of 21st Century by WHO: Now What?

posted by Joan Ball

The Swine Flu (H1N1) moved through the US news cycle like Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. Much ado…and then nothing. Yet, schools still closed in New York and three people – a 2 year old, a teenager and a person […]

What is Faith?

posted by Joan Ball

I know, ridiculous question, right? I mean faith is…faith. It is belief in something unseen. It is…I don’t know…it’s…faith. There are some words that we use (and sometimes abuse) but rarely do we consider with intention what it is that […]

Some Truth is Not Relative: The Fine Line Between Support and Butting In

posted by Joan Ball

Truth gets a bad rap these days. The notion that something can be true rather than relative gets all wrapped up in our ethnic and cultural differences and ongoing power struggles about who has the right to tell whom what […]

The Inward-Outward Journey: I’ve Got a Long Way to Go

posted by Joan Ball

“I have never gone to sleep with a grievance against anyone. And, as far as I could, I have never let anyone go to sleep with a grievance against me.” -Abba Agathon, monk (4th/5th century)  Could you imagine?  Being so […]

Turning 43: Mid-life, No Crisis…

posted by Joan Ball

I have a birthday that stops people in their tracks. An elder Generation Xer, I was born on June 6, 1966. Yup. 6.6.66. People at motor vehicle and police officers stopping me for speeding (I have always had a lead […]

Getting Away from it All: How Do You Refresh and Renew?

posted by Joan Ball

My friend went camping alone yesterday. She and a 50 lb backpack hit the trail for the night so she could find some peace. I’m about to jump in the shower, have a quick coffee with Martin, then spend the […]

Monday Gratitude List…

posted by Joan Ball

I have a roof over my head, food to eat and money to pay (most of) my bills. My husband and I are best friends. All three of my kids are healthy and happy AT THE SAME TIME! I’ve found […]

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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