God, I don’t understand . . .

December 30th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, and threat to society, offering more hope and humor than you can shake a memory stick at.

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As we approach a brand new year, many of us are facing the same old questions. Here are some biblical answwers:

God I Don’t Understand: Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpunished Evil

Squeezing Good Out of Bad Top ten ways to deal with life’s pressure

Above, Martin Luther King, Jr., shares God’s promise of justice and equality.

Nearly 2,000 years earlier, St. Paul wrote, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). So, on this MLK Day, here are some of my favorite columns that explore equality:

Am I a “feminist”? Yes and no! Gender equality is complicated!

James Watkins: ex-slave, author, soul brother I’m proud to call this social reformer family!

Martin Luther King Jr’s ten commandments for cultural change

Race relations by the numbers A cover story I wrote after a summer of racial unrest and violence

Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced

What was St. Paul thinking when he wrote “Women must be silent”?!

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On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 National Right to Life Day. I wish the day wasn’t limited to simply the unborn. So, here are my favorite columns on several right-to-life issues:

Capital punishment: serious questions

Ethuanasia and “dying with dignity”

Is it a life or a choice?

Pro-life graphics for posting

Pro-life from womb to tomb

I’m grateful my mom was “pro-life.” I hope my children will be!

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Hope for wilted writers

January 8th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Fellow writer, do you feel that your writing is withering on the vine?

I woke up depressed about poor book sales, slow online traffic and little reach on social media. I got even more depressed when I read the next section as I’m reading through the gospels.

      “And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Mark 4:20)

It feels like my writing has been trampled on the path, eaten up by the enemy and choked out in the marketplace. Is the problem of poor book sales a “seed” or “soil” problem?

Here’s some encouragement that I found this morning. Hoping it’s helpful to you. [Continue reading]

And, for a whole ream of hope and humor for writers, click here.

Photo: Kevin Wolf

How to walk on water

January 6th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

walking on water
One of the things I loved best about my uncle’s lakeside property was strolling out on the dock, off the end of the diving board and continuing to walk across the water. I would stroll out to the middle of Graham Lake, then turn and look back at the shore hundreds of feet from the shore. It was almost as much fun as diving deep into the water and paddling around the surface. Now I was standing firmly atop the surface. [Continue reading]

Top ten posts for 2019

December 31st, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from 2018. (Number in parentheses, 2018 ranking.)

10. My bio sheet (10)

9. The Easter story in chronological order (22)

8. Top ten verses Donald Trump may want to read (62)

7. “Coming Out” My sexual identity crisis (15)

6. From bad to worse to . . . astonishing (4)

5. Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship (6)

4. God is never late—but he sure is slow (3)

3. The Christmas Story in chronological order (5)

2. It Is Well with My Soul: the rest of the stories (2)

And, the number one post for the year . . .

1. What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12? (1)

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Here some of my favorite New Year columns and cartoons:

The 365 Days of Christmas Here’s how to stretch out the holiday well beyond “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

My annual predictions for the New Year My annual predictions for the New Year have been 99 percent accurate for the past 20 years. I know, it’s kind of scary!

God has a plan for the new year Yep! He has a plan for your relationships, schedule, location and more for the new year as evidenced in the Christmas story. He’s more organized and in control than the best party planner!

Keeping those resolutions From the award-winning The Why Files series, here’s hope and help for “Breaking Habits Before They Break You.” You can develop new habits in the new year.

More than lighted balls drop on New Year’s Eve Time Square’s lighted ball gets all the press, but other cities across America drop all kinds of things at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Some very strange things!

Have a God-directed New Year!

“Peace on earth” seems only a hollow Christmas card cliche today what with civil wars, terrorist attacks and rioting in the streets throughout the world.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow didn’t feel in much of a holiday mood either when he heard the bells on Christmas Eve during the Civil War. His wife had been burned to death when her clothing caught fire in 1861, and his son had been critically wounded in the War in December 1863. The famous poet is believed to have penned “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” in 1864—at the height of the war! [Continue reading]

For more hope and ho! ho! ho! visit The Twelve Sites of Christmas

A visit from Jeff Bezos

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

‘Tis the week before Christmas,
when all through the house
Not a creature is stirring, except for my mouse.
The wishes are posted on Amazon’s list,
in hopes that Jeff Bezos had stocked all the gifts.
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
but a delivery drone a-hovering near!
Away to the front porch I flew like a flash,
To beat the porch pirates after my stash!
It dropped all the packages in a snow drift,
Then blinked and hummed and started to lift.
And I heard in announce as it started to climb,
“Thank you for shopping with Amazon Prime!”

Copyright © 2019 James N. Watkins

For more hope and ho! ho! ho! visit The 12 Sites of Christmas

Putting the X back in Xmas

December 16th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

At the risk of sounding like “The Grinch,” Ebeneezer Scrooge, and Henry Potter all gift-wrapped into one big “Humbug,” I’d like to propose that we put the X back in Christmas.

I tend to agree with Peanut’s Lucy that “Christmas is a big racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate you know.” What originally was called “Christ’s Mass” to commemorate Jesus’ birth has now been commercialized into the secular time of gift-giving. Don’t get me wrong. I like getting and giving gifts as much as anybody. In fact, I love getting gifts!

However, a bit of history. Early Christians didn’t celebrate the rituals of Yule (a Wicca celebration of the winter solstice) or Saturnalia (a Roman holiday celebrating the births of various gods called “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” on December 17, which often lasted nearly a week.) The original disciples celebrated Easter as their main religious holiday. [Continue reading]

For more hope and ho! ho! ho! visit The 12 Sites of Christmas