Courtney T. Ball

Archive - October 2014

Two Stories About Belonging

Perry* did not belong. He was strange, socially awkward, and unattractive. His overweight body carried most of his extra fat in his gut. This is how he got the nickname “Pregnant Perry”. Kids can be quite clever in their cruelty. Perry and I were in middle school together. For the most part, I didn’t have much to do with him. We...

We Don’t Need More Christians

We’ve Come a Long Way In his day, Jesus was mocked, beaten, and publicly executed for his ministry. He was called a blaspheming treasonous criminal. Today, an empire similar to Rome might call him a terrorist. This was a tenuous and painful beginning for a movement that has since grown to become the largest religion the world has ever...

The Disgraced Lover

“When the church and government get in bed together, it’s the church who gets up disgraced in the morning.” I heard this memorable statement from Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained United Methodist pastor who had recently been elected as a U.S. Congressional Representative from Missouri. I was in my first year of professional ministry and...