Courtney T. Ball

Category - Political

I Never Met a Muslim I Didn’t Like

Photo of Imam Hassan Selim Yeah, okay, so I know they’re out there. We see them every day on the television, these “radical jihadi terrorists” bent on America’s destruction. It’s just that I’ve never met one. I’ve only ever met nice Muslims. Yesterday, I sat down to lunch with Imam* Hassan Selim, a young...

We Don’t Need More Christians

We’ve Come a Long Way In his day, Jesus was mocked, beaten, and publicly executed for his ministry. He was called a blaspheming treasonous criminal. Today, an empire similar to Rome might call him a terrorist. This was a tenuous and painful beginning for a movement that has since grown to become the largest religion the world has ever...

The Disgraced Lover

“When the church and government get in bed together, it’s the church who gets up disgraced in the morning.” I heard this memorable statement from Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained United Methodist pastor who had recently been elected as a U.S. Congressional Representative from Missouri. I was in my first year of professional ministry and...

One Christian’s Reflection on 9/11

It was the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, my first day of orientation at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Emmy and I placed Anyssa in her car seat and began the short drive from our new apartment to Iliff, where I would begin my graduate studies. If all went well, in three years I would complete a Master of Divinity degree...

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...