Courtney T. Ball

Archive - March 2015

You may not recognize Jesus this Easter

Mary Magdalene thought he was a gardener. Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus mistook Jesus for a fellow traveler until he broke bread with them. When Jesus stood on the shoreline and called out to his fishing disciples, Peter and the others could not recognize him. John writes that when the eleven first saw the risen Jesus, they...

Zit Karma and Other Superstitions

My wife and I believe in “zit karma”. The way it works is, if you point out a pimple on someone’s face, you are doomed to get an equal or greater blemish on your own. It’s the universe’s way of making sure you don’t become callous toward the dermatological misfortunes of others. It teaches us compassion. Zit...

A Place for Secular Christianity?

Last week I had a conversation with a man who is in the midst of planning a bar mitzvah for his son. This bar mitzvah will not be a religious ceremony or connected to a synagogue. Instead, it will take part in the context of a secular Jewish community called Sholem. Now, I have heard of secular Judaism before, but I hadn’t ever really...