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Flirting with Faith

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January 2010 Archives

Can You Reach Your Goals by Doing Less?

posted by Joan Ball

I was asked in an interview last week, what was my favorite Bible verse. While it seemed like an odd question to me, like asking for my favorite musical chord or favorite ingredient in a cake, I did the right […]

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Glimmer of Hope In Haiti…

posted by Joan Ball

Found this shot on my friend Jesse Rice’s blog, depicting a little boy being rescued from the rubble in Haiti after being trapped for 8 days. The joy on his face and the face of these rescuers is a glimmer […]

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Another Strong Earthquake Hits Haiti…Lord Have Mercy

posted by Joan Ball

Much has been written about where God has or has not been in the days following the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. This morning it was reported that another quake, this one a 6.1 on the Richter scale, shook the […]

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Former Sudanese Child Soldier Emmanual Jal Tells His Story

posted by Joan Ball

Emmanual Jal was a child soldier in Sudan who escaped to Ethiopia in an excruciating months-long journey across the desert, came to faith when he faced the dilemma of whether or not to eat his friend to survive, and is […]

Pat Robertson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and What it Means to Love Our Enemies

posted by Joan Ball

I never imagined that I would (finally) find my response to Pat Robertson’s controversial (and unfortunate) statement on the earthquake in Haiti in my reflection on the life and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Having spent the week […]

To the Woman in the Rubble: Blogger Shelia Mullican Helps Personify News from Haiti

posted by Joan Ball

TO THE WOMAN IN THE RUBBLE by Shelia Mullican, Blogger at Anam Cara  I am unable to escape your eyes.  Frightened.  Imploring.  I wonder…what had this day been like for you? Were you on your way to the market?  Were you working […]

Thoughts and Soul Searching on Haiti…

posted by Joan Ball

I’ve done more reading than writing about the earthquake in Haiti today. Dozens of news articles and blog posts unpacking what is happening on the ground, how many millions of people have been impacted, where donations can be sent and […]

Congratulations Chris Wiles!

posted by Joan Ball

I am pleased to announce that reader Chris Wiles is the winner of the Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places book giveaway. Chris’ name was chosen at random from the group of people who commented on each of the four […]

Robin Hood Morality: From Abbie Hoffman to the Mortgage Crisis

posted by Joan Ball

In 1971, Abbie Hoffman urged Baby Boomers, then in their teens and 20s, to Steal This Book as a call to arms for “the Robin Hoods of Santa Barbara Forest to steal from the robber barons who own the castles of capitalism.”  According to […]

When a Boulder Becomes a Pebble: Last Chance to Win a Copy of Stone Crossings

posted by Joan Ball

This is the last of four reflections on L.L. Barkat’s fantastic book Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places. Comment on each of the four posts between now and 6:00 p.m. this evening and your name will be included in a random […]

Reflections on Beverly Cleary and Stone Crossings: Book Giveaway Day 3

posted by Joan Ball

This is the third of four reflections on L.L. Barkat’s fantastic book Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places that will run here daily until Sunday, January 10. Comment on each of the four posts between now and 6:00 p.m. Sunday and […]

Your Life is Perfect: Stone Crossings Book Giveaway Day 2

posted by Joan Ball

This is the second of four reflections on L.L. Barkat’s fantastic book Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places that will run here daily until Sunday, January 10. Comment on each of the four posts between now and 6:00 p.m. Sunday and […]

Win a Copy of L.L. Barkat’s Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places!

posted by Joan Ball

This is the first of four reflections on L.L. Barkat’s fantastic book Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places that will run here daily until Sunday, January 10. Comment on each of the four posts between now and 6:00 p.m. […]

Brit Hume Tells Tiger Woods: Turn from Buddhism to Christianity

posted by Joan Ball

Thoughts?

Cafeteria Faith…

posted by Joan Ball

I read a blog post yesterday in which a woman referred to herself as a “cafeteria Catholic.” I’d never heard the term, which she said was a derogatory description for people who pick and choose to follow parts of her […]

New Year. New Decade. Now What?

posted by Joan Ball

I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts, newspaper articles and email newsletters written by people who seem to have a handle of their intentions are for 2010. Whether listed under the heading of resolutions, goals, guiding principles or dreams […]

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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