Courtney T. Ball

Category - Faith

Saying Goodbye to Moses

Next Monday evening my family will say goodbye to our dog, Moses. It’s a strange and troubling responsibility to decide when the life of your pet will end. This is the first time I have ever had to do it. And even though I know it’s right, it’s hard. Over the years, most of my neighbors have seen me walking Moses regularly, and have also...

Further Reflections on Church and Worship

Last week, I wrote a piece in which I shared my views on faith, the Bible, church, Jesus, and community. It generated more web traffic and discussion (online and in person) than anything else I’ve written so far. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth doing before you continue with this post. Some of the best conversation I had related to...

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...

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...

Our Vast Ignorance

  I left my job to write a book about Jesus. It was a good job at a great nonprofit organization which my brother Clint and I founded in 2006. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I knew that the demands of that job would not leave me with sufficient time to write a novel which had been on my mind for nearly ten years. I want this book to help...

Things Will Go Wrong

“Now, I’m going to tell you what could be the most important thing to discuss with the bride during wedding planning.” He had my attention. As a young new minister, my first wedding was coming up, and I was clueless. Luckily, the Lead Pastor had officiated at hundreds of wedding ceremonies. Having taken copious notes as he talked me...

Love Over Darkness: How a Beheaded Priest Becomes the Patron Saint of Lovers

Photo by my friend Hannah White; check out her website. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and lest we forget, marketers have made sure to place flowers, hearts, and chocolate wherever our eyes may rest. It’s a time to celebrate romantic love! And as much as I hate the commercialism attached to holidays, I must say that I do still like to celebrate...