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On virtual vacation

July 1st, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


I’m on a virtual vacation until August 1.

But never fear! You can enjoy hundreds of archived posts here. Enjoy July!


During the American Civil War, the Confederate Navy filled Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico with mines, which at the time were called “torpedoes.” As flag officer David Glasgow Farragut led the Union’s fleet of 18 ships into the bay, he issued one of history’s most memorable orders:

“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”

The tactic succeeded. Only one ship was lost, and the last Confederate stronghold on the Gulf of Mexico fell to Union control. (And Farragut was made admiral of the U.S. Navy and honored with two postage stamps.) It’s also a good strategy for our emotions:

So, damn the emotions! Full speed ahead! [Continue reading]

Bible study tools

June 19th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I’m teaching a class for a writers’ conference at Wheaton College this week called Correctly Handling the Word in Writing. So, here are several of my favorite resources:

Bible translations
Bible Gateway
Blue Letter Bible
Parallel translations

Commentaries
Bible Hub
Bible Study Tools
Christian Classic Etherial Library

Word studies
Study Light (Hebrew and Greek)
Greek lexicons
Hebrew lexicons

Other resources
Bible dictionaries
Got Questions
Flavius Josephus Historical context
Theopedia An encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity

And, here’s a quick summary of my four-day talk

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Gay Pride month musings

June 17th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

NYC Gay Pride parade
Here are some musings as the LGBTQ community celebrates Gay Pride month:

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, I want you to know I care about you.

I’ve written several newspaper columns condemning hatred and violence against LGBTQs such as God hates godhatesfags.com.

If you’re straight, I want you to know that gender identity is a complicated issue.

And when an issue is so complicated, compassion and understanding should be the first response. I’ve written several columns and book chapters on this as well.

So, I’ve attempted to write these excerpts from my books on sexuality as well as recent posts with truth and grace, so thank you for your consideration and comments.

My sexual identity crisis

Is sexual identity nature or nurture? Yes!

God and the Gay Christian conversation

The B-I-B-L-E and LGBTQ

Why are some people so bent out of shape about homosexuality?

A “civil” debate on same-sex unions

It’s not about orientation. It’s about obedience

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Happy Father’s Day!

June 10th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Here are some of my favorite columns and cartoons for dads and granddads:

Becoming like little children
I may be an “adult,” but I’m still just a big kid!

Cartoons on parenthood

I’m going to be a G-Daddy!
Of course we were thrilled when we learned we were going to be grandparents, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to be called “grandpa.”

My real job
Nope, it’s not writer and speaker!

The papoose-driven life
Lessons learned from a four-month-old grandaughter

The Proverbs 32 Man
This just in! Archaeologist discovers long-lost biblical passage

Son of a saint!
When godly parents have not-so-godly children

“Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thins coats of moral and ethical lessons

Talking to your kids about S-E-X
Children will learn about sex—from us or the bus!

Talking to children about war, terrorism, school violence . . .
It’s a frightening time to be a child—and a parent

Top ten things my dad taught me

You may be a parent if . . .
. . . you’ve ever uttered one or more of these classic lines

Praying that you have a great Father’s Day weekend, whether a dad or child!

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Today is Pentecost Sunday, so it’s a good time to remember, the church may not be perfect, but it is worthy of our support.

Jesus called it his bride and body!

So, here are some biblical reasons to “not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25).

The Church is . . . the place Jesus called home [Continue reading]


The Psalms of Asaph is getting a new title and cover—and a new section on “Unfulfilled Promises.”

When I wrote it two years ago, I was seriously wondering if it was possible to out-give God. After some financial setbacks, it seemed we had and were deep in debt. However, in 2019, I was forced to rewrite that section after a miracle that proved “infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20)!

So, if you have the current book, print this off and tuck it in the Conclusion. [Continue reading]

Welcome summer!

May 27th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


It’s a beautiful day in Corn Borer, Indiana, so a great time to just laze in the hammock and recycle some old columns on:

Vacations are not a vacation if . . .
Traveling the world on one tank of gas
Top ten clues a man should wear a shirt in summer

And, of course . . .
Laziness is a virtue.

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Con-grad-ulations!

May 20th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Top ten things you won’t hear at commencement

Ever since Pebbles and Bam Bam graduated from Bedrock High, commencement speakers have been telling the crowd of cap and gowns to work for world peace, follow its dreams, and always wear clean underwear in case of an accident.

So cue Pomp and Happenstance, here are the top ten things I’ve learned since I wore a black bathrobe and silly hat. [Continue reading]

Living in the ‘gap’

May 13th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


As a teen, our daughter would have loved to live in the Gap, the trendy clothing store at the time. Many of us live in the gap, but it’s a gaping hole between jobs or perhaps relationships. There are gaps in our health (I had three surgeries at three hospitals in two months for one stubborn kidney stone). And the most frightening gap of all: when God seems completely silent and absent in our lives. No one wants to live in those gaps, but they are inevitable.

There are two major gaps in the life of Jesus. The gospels provide no details between his infancy and his trip to the Temple as a twelve-year old. Then at least an eighteen-year gap between twelve-years old and the beginning of his ministry at “about thirty years old” (Luke 3:23).

But Luke 2 fills in those gaps with two short—but extremely important—verses. [Continue reading]