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April 2010 Archives

Is There Power in Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction?

posted by Joan Ball

Check out an interesting take on positive thinking and the law of attraction. Love to hear what you think…

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Is Lying Wrong?

posted by Joan Ball

Is lying wrong?  How about cheating?  Stealing? My 1970s/80s upbringing was clear. While moral dilemmas like a person stealing food for a hungry child or a guest politely telling someone that dinner tastes great when the chicken is dry may have […]

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The “Bystander Effect” and What it Says About Us…

posted by Joan Ball

I came across and chilling and insightful post by a young blogger named Liz Bernard who writes brilliantly at Portrait of a Dreamer. She discussed her reaction to this story about a man who stepped in when a woman was […]

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How Devout Can/Should Children Be?

posted by Joan Ball

I watched this video from I Am Second (a movement that is described as one that is “meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others”) with mixed emotions. On the one hand, this young actress appears to have a […]

Cease Striving (Be Still) and Know That I am God…

posted by Joan Ball

Love it when I get this part of Psalm 46:10 stuck in my head like a mantra. “Cease striving and know that I am God….Be still and know that I am God.” Reminds me how little control I have over […]

Preach It Crystal Bowersox…

posted by Joan Ball

Flirting with Faith Author Video…or “This is All Starting to Feel a Little to Real”

posted by Joan Ball

So, here it is. The author video shot and edited by Simon and Schuster for my book Flirting with Faith: My Journey from Atheism to a Faith-Filled Life. I have to admit that there is something about watching myself tell the […]

Atheist Richard Dawkins Seeks to Have Pope Arrested Over Child Abuse Scandal

posted by Joan Ball

Reuters reported this weekend that lawyers for British author and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins will try to have Pope Benedict arrested to face questions over the Catholic church’s child abuse scandal when he arrives in Britain for his first papal […]

Kindness, Empathy, Love, Selflessness, Peace, Joy…Is There an App for That?

posted by Joan Ball

If you are a teacher, a preacher, a marketer, a businessperson or anyone else interested in connecting with people who will be coming of age in the next 10-20 years you might want to watch this 2 1/2 year old […]

Meet Angela: She Spends Her Days In Church and Her Nights Living Under a Bridge

posted by Joan Ball

InvisiblePeople.tv documents the lives and stories of the homeless in America. The following parable from their website provides some context for their efforts… On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little […]

Personal Freedom vs Health Economics: Which Will Win Out?

posted by Joan Ball

I’ve been watching closely as “sin taxes” on alcohol, cigarettes and even tanning beds have been discussed and implemented in the name of public health and balanced budgets. I’ve heard dissenting voices – mostly from the political opponents of those […]

Anne Rice on Loving Our Enemies (or Those Who Just Drive Us Nuts)

posted by Joan Ball

I love Anne Rice’s take on loving those who repel us. The author of the Vampire Chronicles and some lesser known fantasy erotica, Rice’s return to Catholicism in recent years has resulted in a spiritual memoir and some faith-oriented novels […]

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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