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August 2009 Archives

Move Over Joe Camel: The Pole Dance Doll is Marketing to a Little Girl Near You…

posted by Joan Ball

The question of societal morality has long centered around the question of age. “What happens in Vegas…” and “to each his own” arguments normally assume (whether true in reality or not) that the “what” is happening is among consenting adults. […]

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Who’s the Saddest Person You Know?

posted by Joan Ball

With just days between now and back-to-school, its time to play catch up on a long list of have-to-dos and want-to-dos that were either lost or buried in the shuffle over the course of a very busy summer. Of course […]

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Simple Thoughts on Self-Help, Faith and Economic Stimulus

posted by Joan Ball

I came across an NPR headline this morning that reads, “World Emerging From Deep Slump, But Can it Last?” The article points to economic indicators in Europe, Asia and the United States that hint at a possible end to the […]

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The Fine Line Between Winding Down and Unraveling…

posted by Joan Ball

It shouldn’t have taken longer than a day or two to contemplate the driving pace I’ve been maintaining since January, slap myself on the hand for not putting into practice the balance lessons I’ve learned over the past 5 or […]

Is is Possible to Pursue our Passions and Live a Simple Life?

posted by Joan Ball

I slept until 10:30 this morning and (I”ll admit it) it is 11:30 and I am writing this from bed. Martin, who left at 7 a.m. to help his father with something, got back about an hour ago and is […]

You Know That Thing You Always Wanted to Do? You Can Actually Do It

posted by Joan Ball

Just finished the first class in my PhD program. Six credits down and 54 to go…ouch. Beginning new things, especially things with a long timetable or uncertain outcome, can sometimes feel so daunting that it seems more prudent not the […]

Living a Paradox and Avoiding Hypocricy: A Christian/Human Dilemma

posted by Joan Ball

Paradox: A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth i.e. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my [Christ’s] power is made perfect in weakness.”Hypocrite: A person who pretends to have virtues, […]

Civil Disobedience and the Mortgage Crisis: An Idea Whose Time Has Come or Old Tactics in a New World?

posted by Joan Ball

I received this note on Facebook a few moments ago from Mark Van Steenwyk, member of and urban intentional community called Missio Dei and blogger/editor at Jesus Manifesto.  Made me wonder what, if any, place traditional civil disobedience has in a […]

God is Like My Mom, The Bag Lady: A Story by Pam Heatley

posted by Joan Ball

I came across this great story by Pam Heatley, Director of Ministry at Vision Community Church and blogger at Steel-Spined Soul. It made me think of my mother who, before she passed away a little over a year ago, was always one to […]

Good Advice: Is There Any Such Thing?

posted by Joan Ball

Amazed that it has been 10 years since this video, based upon an essay written by Chicago Tribune writer Mary Schmich, first came out. Shows how, even in our hyped up, fast-forward world, good advice is sometimes just good advice…

What’s In a Name?: Power, Respect and Earning Your Title

posted by Joan Ball

Came across a blog post this morning that got me thinking. The topic was the use of titles – in this case whether or not pastors should be referred to as, well…pastor. The author, Mike Foster of Deadly Viper, states: […]

Are You a Jesus Poser? Am I?

posted by Joan Ball

I spent this weekend in Connecticut with my husband Martin and our son, Ian. It was a short little jaunt, built around the Connecticon Anime Convention, a tribute to Japanese animation, comic arts and video games. This was our second […]

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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