Courtney Ball

Category - Family

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...

The Eyes of a Young Artist

Once when I was a boy of six or seven years, I went through a period of drawing faces. I don’t remember what sparked it; maybe we were making self-portraits in school. In any case, it led me to conduct an experiment in which, for a time, my young life took on the embarrassing task of imitating art. Now, an adult who views portraits drawn by...

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...

Cold Cheeks for Lolo Jones

So, in case you haven’t heard the news, Lolo Jones has joined the U.S. Olympic bobsled team.  There has been some hoopla over whether her popularity rather than performance is what helped her land a spot on the team, but I have a different ax to grind. Back in 2012, my father invited my brothers and I to attend the Drake relays with him in Des...