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C.S. Lewis on Devils…

posted by Joan Ball

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves […]

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Extreme Faith (and Extreme Skepticism) as Excess?

posted by Joan Ball

A frequent visitor on the blog – a vocal skeptic who has made clear a rather biting disdain for religion and the faithful – left the following comment on a post a few days ago. These thoughts on excess, standards for skepticism […]

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Lest My Spiritually Interested Friends and I Begin to Take Ourselves Too Seriously…

posted by Joan Ball

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Time Travel…

posted by Joan Ball

I was thinking about time today. How we spend it. What we do with it.  How we set priorities.  Got me wondering… 1) If you could travel anywhere in the world at any time in history where would you go?  […]

Good Without God?: Atheist Advertising Campaign on NYC Subways Causes a Stir

posted by Joan Ball

There is much ado in some circles about a month-long advertising campaign scheduled to begin Monday. The “atheist ad”, as the Huffington Post, Associated Press and others tag it poses the question: “A million New Yorkers are good without God, are you?” The campaign, […]

Aging, Humility and Perspective: A Dose of Reality From An Honest 13 Year Old

posted by Joan Ball

My 13 year old niece posted the following note about “life going by so quick” on her Facebook status and I couldn’t resist responding. Check out her reply and you’ll understand why this 43 year-old titled the post age, humility […]

Must We Sacrifice Everything for Success?: Sorry Chris Brogan, I’m Not Buying It…

posted by Joan Ball

Chris Brogan is a thought leader in social media circles. I, like many other people interested in connecting through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Ning, etc., receive updates and nuggets of online community wisdom from him in my email inbox once a […]

“We Christians are a Bunch of Scheming Swindlers.” Pretty Harsh, Mr. Kierkegaard.

posted by Joan Ball

Picked up this quote from Soren Kierkegaard on my friend Peter Walker’s blog today. For me, it dovetails with yesterday’s question regarding the point at which believing may or may not become poor judgement. Kierkegaard writes: “The matter is quite simple. The […]

At What Point Does Believing in God Become Poor Judgement?

posted by Joan Ball

A friend and I had a Facebook dialog yesterday that was precipitated by a news story about a couple whose 11 year-old daughter died of a curable diabetic condition while they and a group of people chose to pray rather than […]

More Than 32,000 Americans Lost to Suicide Every Year

posted by Joan Ball

Depression, hopelessness, anxiety, self-harming behavior and suicide – growing problems that are frequently hushed in our schools, families, workplaces and churches. Why is it that the plight of some of the most needy and troubled people in our society, the […]

Which Book Cover Do You Like Better?

posted by Joan Ball

There’s Something About Mary…and Free Books

posted by Joan Ball

I don’t know what to make of the Virgin Mary. People of various Christian traditions have such widely divergent viewpoints on her role in both the early church and worship today that it is easy to become confused. I’ve been […]

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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