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Post Secret Church Version: Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson

posted by Joan Ball

I am a big fan of Post-Secret, an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard with sometimes funny, sometimes startling, sometimes heartbreaking results. That’s why I was thrilled to read […]

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I Have No Idea What I Would Ask Jesus…

posted by Joan Ball

Okay, I’ll admit it. I posed a question to my 11 year old son Ian over dinner earlier this week that I cannot answer myself. I didn’t know it at the time. I didn’t know it when I shared the […]

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Every Single One of Us Has a Story to Tell: What’s Yours?

posted by Joan Ball

From Daniel Clowes not-yet-published graphic novel, Wilson, via the Speaking of Faith Observed blog. So tell me…what’s your story?

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What Would You Ask Jesus?

posted by Joan Ball

My husband Martin, son Ian and friend Andrea sat tonight drinking coffee and discussing outlandish dreams. What power, ability or experience we would love to have if there were no limits. It was an impractical exercise that broke down like […]

An Artist’s Vision of the Sovereignty of God via The Jesus Manifesto

posted by Joan Ball

I came across the following comment written by mariakirby (screen name), in response to a post called “Summer Theology” on The Jesus Manifesto website. I don’t know mariakirby, but she paints such beautiful word pictures of her understanding of the […]

Who I Am and What I Have: Andrea’s Tattoo Story

posted by Joan Ball

I love it when great posts lead to equally great comments. Here’s another tattoo story written in response to Diane’s “Beautiful Tattoo” post yesterday… Who I Am and What I Have: Andrea’s Tattoo Story I also have a tattoo but […]

Growing Up “Ugly”: The Story of Diane’s Beautiful Tattoo

posted by Joan Ball

I “met” Diane first through her writing at the Burnside Writer’s Blog and later during a long and surprisingly deep chat on Facebook. I hope to meet her in person one day, but for now I am honored to share […]

Walter Cronkite and the Death of Trust

posted by Joan Ball

“Newsman Walter Cronkite, who died at the age of 92, was so thoroughly and uniquely linked with the word “trust” that it is tempting to say that the word should be buried with him. In the generation since he left […]

Fallibility is a Great Achievement…

posted by Joan Ball

A frequent commenter here on the blog who goes by the name Credis Dervish posted the following four lines across two comments yesterday in response to my Submit: The New S-Word post. Credis is a self-described anti-theist, a piece of […]

Submit: The New ‘S-Word’

posted by Joan Ball

So, I seem to have really stepped in it with my “What Does it Mean to be a Christian Woman” post on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog earlier this week. It appears that my initial experience with the Bible and […]

GUEST POST: Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook: Taking Care of our Physical and Spiritual Health

posted by Joan Ball

This is a 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 more than a decade in the heart of […]

On Being a Christian Woman: Guest Post with Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed

posted by Joan Ball

Scot asked me to expand upon an email conversation we had last week regarding what it was like for me to approach the multitude of teachings regarding Christian womanhood for the first time as an adult convert to the faith. […]

The Nature of God and the Bible?

posted by Joan Ball

Came across the following thought-provoking definition of the nature of the Bible in an online text written by one of my professors.  “The Bible is the record of…Divine breakthroughs into human history. ‘God’s search for man,’ it is described, rather than […]

Bigger! Better! Faster! More!: On Art, Buzz and Selling Out

posted by Joan Ball

It is starting to really hit me. I wrote a book and it comes out in April. Sure, there are things to do between now and then, but the train is rolling and I am on it. The writing part […]

Guest Post from Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook: Summer, Selah and Sabbatical

posted by Joan Ball

Summer is here in the US, a season many of us long for. I love being outdoors in warm weather, especially being from the east coast where we only get two very hot months. It’s the time when I plan […]

Michael Jackson: An Icon Representing What?

posted by Joan Ball

I’ve been thinking a lot about Michael Jackson. How can you help it? His life and death and music is all over the media. It has eclipsed news about Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Between Michael, Farrah, Ed, Billy and […]

Calling All Storytellers: The Witch and the Christian Part 2

posted by Joan Ball

This is the second part of a previous post where I introduced kenneth, a commenter on the blog whose spiritual journey has taken him from Catholicism to Paganism. Toward the end of his story, he makes a statement that I found […]

So, a Witch and Christian walk into this blog…Part 1

posted by Joan Ball

Internet communication on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and the like seem to receive either high praise or deep concern with regard to the future of interpersonal communication. On the one hand, there are those who text, Tweet and update their status […]

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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