Courtney Ball

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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...

You’re a Christian only if you do this.

Saul of Tarsus was the enemy. By his own account, he zealously persecuted the early Jesus movement. In his eyes, the followers of Jesus were a threat against both the Temple and the Roman Empire. As a devout Jew and a Roman citizen, Saul took it upon himself to stamp out this threat. Then, as the story goes, one of the greatest reversals in...

No One is Normal

Photo by Hannah White Update: Corridor Characters is now live! Visit the site at www.corridorcharacters.com. Meet Edwin, an acquaintance of mine born in the Dominican Republic who now lives in Cedar Rapids, IA. You’d never know it by looking at him today, but Edwin grew up without much to eat. Here’s a quote from Edwin in which he...