Courtney T. Ball

Archive - January 2015

In the End, There Was Only Love

Conservative. Old-fashioned. Persnickety. Judgmental. These are words I might use to describe my mom’s parents, Grandma and Grandpa Diller. Like many of their generation, they embodied the post-World War II belief that conformity, hard work, and discipline were what led to a successful life. Anything worth doing was worth doing right. The...

You CAN’T Call Violence Christian

Recently on Ministry Matters, Mark Lockard asked, “American Sniper or Selma: How Christian is Your Movie Choice?” In his article he juxtaposed the Christian faith represented by the hero of each movie: Chris Kyle vs. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Lockard’s post was partially a response to Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s earlier piece...

Pleasantly Surprised by Joni Ernst

Last night I had no interest in watching politics on TV. Instead of the State of the Union address, I watched the first two episodes of Amazon’s award-winning show Transparent. (It was decent, by the way). That’s one great thing about the internet. I can watch presidential speeches and political commentary when I’m rested instead...

Jake’s First Trip to Red’s

I was seven years old the first time I got my hair cut at Red’s Barber Shop. Up till that point, my mom had been cutting my hair on the back porch or in the kitchen. She figured there wasn’t much point to spending hard-earned money on a barber when most of the time I did my best to look disheveled anyway. She changed her mind after the second...

Simple Benediction for Communion Sunday

We drank the wine. We ate the bread. We thank our God, for we are fed. Now we must go: to be the mustard seed to act as the leaven. to help God’s love take root, give rise to the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us be wisely humble, foolishly generous, loving without fear, and God will be there with us. Amen.