Courtney T. Ball

Archive - May 2014

Dirk Teaches Me How to Act Like an Idiot

When I was a kid, I had this neighbor who, for the purposes of this story, I will call Dirk. Dirk was older than me, but he lived close by in my neighborhood, so we got to know each other pretty well. I looked up to him like an older brother, and he looked out for me. I’m still in contact with Dirk. I know about his life, and I know that these...

Dad’s Hoopy Hollow Vision Quest

(Tent Lit by a Lamp, Brad Mering, courtesy of FreeImages.com) Some of my readers may remember a sermon I posted a few months ago about vocation. If you listened to it you heard me refer to a vision quest I went on when I was nineteen years old. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “vision quest”, it refers to the...

The Strange and Lawless World of Danny’s Place

(True stories, but names changed so as not to soil anyone’s image.) When I was in high school, one of my best friends, Tim, started spending a lot of time with a kid named Danny who lived down the street from us. At first, my other friends and I couldn’t understand why. Danny was a weird dude. Then we realized that Danny had lots of toys and...

Pastor Bucky’s Secret Worship Thoughts

Mary, did you know… Sometimes when Pastor Bucky sits in worship his mind wanders. And in those wanderings he often dwells on ideas that might make the worship service more interesting. These meanderings have led to some truly inspired worship experiences. Other times, the ideas that come to him are more questionable. For example, every year...

Things I’ve Learned as a Beginning Writer

You’re going to listen to this guy? So far, every stage of my adult life has meant getting schooled all over again. Marriage, parenting, graduate studies (okay, that is school all over again), first real job, starting an organization, natural disaster and rebuilding, and now, suddenly I’m a writer. At least I tell people I’m a writer...