Courtney T. Ball

Category - Political

Remember the Stars

Image from Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO – , CC BY 4.0, First, remember the stars. No matter how great our ugliness grows, it will never have the power to touch the astronomically huge beauty that simply exists–for eternity–whether we acknowledge it or not. This difficult day (and indeed your entire life) is but a moment. It will pass...

From Iowa With حب (Love)

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This is a project my team from Flow Media created for our Corridor Characters channel. Below is an introduction I wrote for Ministry Matters about why we created the video. Thanks for watching/sharing. “Islam is a violent religion.” “Muslims are dangerous.” “They’re terrorists.” How many times have we...

The Iowa Caucus Mob

There is a phrase in Latin, mobile vulgus, which means “the fickle crowd”. Mobile vulgus is where we get the English word “mob”. In ancient Rome, the mob became a dangerous political force which Emperors learned to pacify with free food and circuses. Every four years in my home state of Iowa, the circus comes to us as we...

Give Me the Good News

Good news can make you stronger. Early Christian storytellers knew this. They took the tragedy of their hero’s execution and turned it into a “good news” story of resurrection. No one today can empirically prove whether or not they made that last bit up, but either way there is plenty of evidence the tactic worked. The good news...

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...

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...

Let’s Not Be the Next Ferguson

Cedar Rapids faces a well-documented crisis of racial disparity. Like other sectors of society, our criminal justice system is proven to be disproportionately harsh toward African Americans. This reality prompts me to ask the question, how do we keep ourselves from becoming the next Ferguson? How do we right our ship before disaster...