Courtney Ball

Category - Relationships

Which Gospel are You Selling?

People buy stories, not the truth. Not long ago I read the helpful book All Marketers are Liars, by Seth Godin. Actually, the copy I picked up was a later edition, on which the phrase “are liars” had been scratched out and changed to “tell stories”. The basic premise of the book is that people buy goods or services...

Real Community

My Camp Golden Valley Community. After almost 20 years, they’re like another set of relatives. Both my brothers have told me more than once, “Community for the sake of community is not enough.” (Strangely, we have these kinds of conversations.) I get what they mean, but I think they’re wrong. What they mean is that a...

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...

In the End, There Was Only Love

Conservative. Old-fashioned. Persnickety. Judgmental. These are words I might use to describe my mom’s parents, Grandma and Grandpa Diller. Like many of their generation, they embodied the post-World War II belief that conformity, hard work, and discipline were what led to a successful life. Anything worth doing was worth doing right. The...

Two Stories About Belonging

Perry* did not belong. He was strange, socially awkward, and unattractive. His overweight body carried most of his extra fat in his gut. This is how he got the nickname “Pregnant Perry”. Kids can be quite clever in their cruelty. Perry and I were in middle school together. For the most part, I didn’t have much to do with him. We...