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June 2010 Archives

Christopher Hitchens Diagnosed with Cancer: Suspends Book Tour for Chemotherapy

posted by Joan Ball

New Atheist pundit and writer Christopher Hitchens has reportedly suspended his book tour for the recently released Hitch 22: A Memoir in order to undergo chemotherapy for cancer in his esophagus. The 61 year old gave up smoking in 2008. […]

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82 Year-Old Teacher Lands Three Book Deal: It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams

posted by Joan Ball

I came across the following on the Writers Write blog.  82-Year-Old Teacher Lands Three Book Deal The BBC reports that 82-year-old teacher Myrrha Stanford-Smith has landed a three-book deal after writing her first novel. The trilogy is a fictional account of William […]

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Parenting Style Has Little to Do With Kids Trying Alcohol but Lots to Do With Problem Drinking

posted by Joan Ball

Parenting style has little to do with whether or not your child tries alcohol but much to do with whether or not they become a problem drinker – this according to Brigham Young University research reported by Science Daily. According to […]

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World Cup 2010 Referees: Is the Certainty of Instant Replay Better than the Drama of Humanity?

posted by Joan Ball

I’ve been watching a lot of soccer this week. I’ve also been thinking a lot about “truth” and what is “right” and how we communicate with one another in light of the sometimes contentious comments on my last post, “There […]

Lausanne Blogger Network: There Is No God: Understanding the “Unbeliever”…

posted by Joan Ball

This is the first in a series of short pieces I’ll be posting on as part of the Lausanne Blogger Network, a group of Christian communicators from throughout the world who will be raising questions and discussing issues related to the […]

Obama “Whose Ass to Kick” for Gulf Oil Spill

posted by Joan Ball

Defensiveness + bravado = ?

GUEST POST: Lost in the Grocery Aisle by Laurie Russell

posted by Joan Ball

I came across this post by Laurie Russell of Russell Media last week and thought I’d share. Lost in the Grocery Aisle by Laurie Russell (posted with permission) I dread going to the grocery store. It seems each time I […]

Ted Haggard Starts New Church…

posted by Joan Ball

The first time I ever saw Ted Haggard was in a documentary. He was joking with a few evangelical boys about how great sex in the Christian marriage bed can be. Martin and I looked at each other, made a […]

Nobody’s Perfect, But We Are Responsible: Jim Joyce, Armando Galarraga, British Petroleum and Me

posted by Joan Ball

Veteran Major League umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first, costing Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. No one, including Joyce, is debating that the runner he called safe at first was actually thrown out.  A distraught Joyce apologized […]

Lady Gaga Discusses Her Religious Faith with Larry King…

posted by Joan Ball

Al and Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years: Can Anyone Sustain Marriage for a Lifetime?

posted by Joan Ball

“Al and Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years of Marriage.”  The headline is here, there and everywhere accompanied by pictures or short videos of the much discussed (and rather awkward) kiss at the Democratic Convention in 2000. Pundits and insiders […]

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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