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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Scroll down for my latest posts on campaign 2016, Pokémon Go, race relations, high-tech/low life, and much more.

In fact, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. Plus, lots of free stuff. Enjoy!

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Praying for Germany

07.22.16 My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Munich following today’s shootings at mall. Early reports suggest shooters specifically targeted children. Here are some links that may be helpful:
Dealing with death and grief
Talking to your children about terrorism
Taking the terror out of terrorism


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WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?

07.20.16 Every presidential candidate in 2016, except for Jewish Bernie Sanders, claims to be a Christian! So, WWJE? Who would Jesus elect? It’s not an easy question. [Continue reading]

Plus, visit my James Watkins for President page.


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Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

07.17.16 With Pokémon Go becoming the most-downloaded app of all time, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: [Continue reading]


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High-tech, low life?

07.17.16 Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.) I suspect the honeymoon will be spent in his parent’s basement! The love of technology does have some glitches. [Continue reading]


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All lives matter

07.10.16 An indepth report on race relations by the numbers concerning overall perceptions, relationships with law enforcement and the church, etc. (Originally published in Rescue magazine.) [Continue reading]


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Keeping your dreams alive

07.03.16 We all have dreams, no matter what age: to be a firefighter, a princess, a parent, a successful businessperson, pastor of a “mega-church,” a retiree in Florida. But somewhere between the womb and the tomb, those dreams die. [Continue reading]


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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins, and welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at technology: the good, the bad, the buggy with a Pokémon top ten list and a brand new column, plus five posts from the cyber cellar, a snarky cartoon and high-tech quotations.

You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. Enjoy!


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Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

With Pokémon Go becoming the most-downloaded app of all time, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

10. Seepingsaur
9. Cornrow
8. Charbroiled
7. Ratbite
6. Entrails
5. Radon
4. Gingivitis
2. Clintonoid (tie)
    Trumpizard
1. Zikachu


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Can high-tech love lead to low-touch life?

Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.)

But when he demanded a marriage license from Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, she refused to grant it. (You may remember her as the embattled clerk who went to jail rather than being forced to sign same-sex marriage licenses. She was released in a plea deal to have her name removed from marriage licenses.)

Attempting to marry technology, however, is not new!

A video gamer, who goes by the name Sal9000, married “Nene Anegaski,” a character in the Nintendo game, “Love Plus.” The well-publicized “ceremony” was hosted at the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a live audience and a real priest. I suspect the honeymoon was spent in his parent’s basement. [Continue reading]


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‘Cyber church’ has bats in belfry

Nearly 20 years ago (20 million years in Internet time), I wrote a snarky critique of the emerging “cyber church.” That was in 1998 when George Barna, the wet-finger-in-the-wind church expert, was predicting that, and I quote, “a majority of Americans . . . completely isolated from the traditional church format . . . will roam the Internet in search of meaningful spiritual experiences. Those people will never set foot on a church campus because their religious and spiritual needs will be met through other means—including the Internet.”

I think Barna was completely wrong! [Continue reading]

Related posts
“Artificial intelligence” and image of God
Don’t become a digital dinosaur
How to hook today’s Internet users
Introducing James Watkins 60.0
Taking Word to Worldwide Web


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on technology

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Albert Einstein

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. Andrew Brown

Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say. Jonathan Sacks

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. B. F. Skinner

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard

Technology is completely amoral. Humans, however, can use it for moral and immoral purposes. jnw

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.


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July 10, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim Watkins, and welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at last week’s tragic chapters in race relations. First, a feature article I wrote for Rescue magazine on the state of race relations. Then a look at various kinds of prejudice often seen in churches, a book excerpt on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “commandments” for cultural change, and my most popular cartoon on evil.

You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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Race relations by the numbers

My memory of riding to Florida in the back of my grandfather’s Buick was the shock of seeing unpainted houses overflowing with poorly-dressed children, their bare feet painted red with Georgia clay. Growing up white in a white neighborhood and church, I stared at the foreign landscape and people outside the car window that seemed more National Geographic than LIFE Magazine. Black men, women, and children picked cotton under the unforgiving sun while white men sat in the shade of their pickup trucks.

But most troubling were the signs. When we stopped at one of the many Stuckey’s gas stations and souvenir shops, I was shocked by the “whites only” drinking fountains. Around back was a rusty spigot labeled “colored only” next to restrooms labeled “whites only” and “colored only.” Even as a second-grader, something deep inside me wretched at the idea of “us” and “them.” Me with my Keds sneakers heading to a Florida beach; them barefoot, slaving in a cotton field. Me, drinking from a sparkling fountain; them, their mouths under a dirty faucet. I feared what lurked behind the “colored only” restroom sign.

During my childhood, blacks began to organize and protest the “separate but equal” doctrine that had bred segregation in schools, businesses, and society in general. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that state laws establishing separate black and white schools was unconstitutional. During my grade school, civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and others used nonviolent protest to awaken America to the plight of blacks.

Fifty years since my eye-opening trip to another world, seismic changes have rocked the landscape. More and more people of color have appeared in films and television. They have taken up roles in education, medicine, and government. And the “colored only” signs are gone. The first black secretaries of state were appointed by George W. Bush: Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Previously, Powell was a four-star general serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while Rice served as special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and then national security advisor under George W. Bush.

We now have a bi-racial president (his father, born in Kenya, is black; his mother, born in Kansas, is white.). In the Obama administration, two black attorney generals have served, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, trade representative, and United Nations ambassador. In January 2009, Obama’s inauguration promised the fulfillment of America’s hope for racial equality.

But in the past seven years, America has added Ferguson, white privilege, and Black Lives Matter to our cultural dictionary. While the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 have changed people of color’s legal status, their social status has not fared as well. [Continue reading]


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Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced

Prejudice is not simply a “black and white” issue. There are many kinds of isolation between groups based on age or tastes, physical and mental challenges, levels of education, denominational doctrine, gender, politics and ideology, economics, as well as race and nationality.

We are all guilty of some form of prejudice—whether blatant or subtle. I have to admit I am extremely prejudiced against those who are prejudiced.

The essence of prejudice boils down to ignorance. [Continue reading]

More posts
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commandments for cultural change
Overcoming evil with good (James Watkins: Threat to society)


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on cultural change

In April 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. spelled out a radical strategy to change the culture of his time in his book, Why We Can’t Wait. Each participant in the Birmingham protests was required to abide by Dr. King’s “Ten Commandments.”

      1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.

      2. Remember always that the nonviolent movement in Birmingham seeks justice and reconciliation—not victory.

      3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.

      4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.

      5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.

      6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.

      7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.

      8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.

      9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

      10. Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.

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July 3, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at keeping your dreams alive and how to respond when they apparently die.)

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Keeping your dreams alive

Audio from conference keynote

We all have dreams, no matter what age: to be a firefighter, a princess, a parent, a successful businessperson, pastor of a “mega-church,” a retiree in Florida. But somewhere between the womb and the tomb, those dreams die.

The Old Testment’s Joseph had a dream to be a great leader with his parents and brothers bowing down before him. But before that dream could be realized, his jealous brothers had ripped up the seventeen-year old’s “coat of many colors,” thrown him into a cistern, and sold him to Egyptian slave traders.

Even sincere Christians with God-given dreams find themselves bruised and bloodied at the bottom of a pit. That seems to be the rule, rather than the exception. [Continue reading]


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When dreams die . . .

God promises Joseph that he will become a great leader—and he ends up enslaved and imprisoned in Egypt.

The prophet Elisha promises an infertile woman that she will bear a son—and the boy dies in her arms.

Jesus promises to bring a heavenly kingdom to earth—and then he and the promise are crucified and buried.

Is this disturbing pattern playing out in your life? You sense that God gives you a dream job—and months later you’re laid off. (It happened to me—twice!) God miraculously fulfills your dream of a child—and now she’s clinging to life in neo-natal intensive care. It seems God has brought the man of your dreams into your life—and now he’s killed in a traffic accident.

When our dreams die, a part of us dies as well! [Continue reading]


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on dreams

What if I never dreamed, how would I know my God-given potential?
What if I was never rejected, how would I understand the preciousness of being accepted?
What if I never trusted in Jesus, how would I know of His great love for me and the freedom He offers and the joy He alone gives?
What if Jesus never lived as a man, how would He be able to understand all of my human hurts and struggles? But He did! Linda Meissner

God develops the dream where you are, not where you wish you were. Matthew Trexler

There are times when failure doesn’t mean that we’ve done anything wrong. It is simply that God’s time for success hasn’t yet come for us. God isn’t telling us to change the way we do things, but to wait on him—and in time to try again. There is a mystery to God’s timing that we can never fully understand, anymore than we know why one seed takes root and another doesn’t (Ecclesiastes 11:6). But one thing is certain: we’re often ready to abandon a dream long before giving up is justified. M. Blaine Smith

Most God-ordained dreams and desires die because we aren’t willing to do something that seems illogical or risky; we aren’t willing to circle the wall. I figure it’s better to fail at something than to excel at nothing. Tammy Darling

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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from June 2016

10. Voting for the lesser of two evils? There’s another option for Americans!

9. Who is the supreme super hero?

8. Cure for common cold: sex

7. Hope & Humor cartoons

6. Does DNA disprove evolution?

5. God is never late, but he sure is slow

4. Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship

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

2. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian? (Just in time for U.S. Independence Day!)

And, the number one post for June 2016 . . .

1. It Is Well with My Soul: the rest of the stories

(See right column for the latest posts.)

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Shock. Disbelief. Horror. Anger. Grief. These are just a few of the emotions overwhelming everyone affected by today’s attack on the Istanbul, Turkey, airport. Here are some resources I hope will be helpful in responding to this attack by heartless terrorists.

Reacting
Dealing with death and grief
“bin Laden, kiss my pass!” (September 10, 2003)
Talking to your children about terrorism

Reasoning
Hope amid horror (September 11, 2006)
What motivates terrorists?
Taking the terror out of terrorism

Responding
Can war on terrorism be won? (September 11, 2005)
How can we overcome evil with good?
We are strong! We will survive! (September 17, 2001)
What we haven’t learned from 9/11 (September 9, 2002)
Candle-lighting ceremony following terrorist attacks (September 11, 2001)

My thoughts and prayers are with the survivors and, especially, with family and friends of those killed.
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June 26, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my online magazine. As Finding Dory opens in theaters, this week’s issue looks at finding God’s will.. (Just keep swimming!)

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God’s will is not lost: for those trying to find it

Are you wondering what God has in store for your life?

      What classes should I take?

      Should I marry? Whom should I marry?

      Should I get a job and move out of my parent’s basement?

      What job should I go after?

      Now that I’m unemployed, what job should I go after?

      Should I buy a new car or fix up the 1980 Pinto?

      Should I move into assisted living or move in with my son in Peoria?

      Should we pull the plug on Grandpa?

It would be great if God was still in the business of talking verbally to His kids. God talked with Adam and Eve in “the cool of the day.” He spoke to Moses from a burning bush and Mount Sinai. He talked directly to His prophets.

So, we sometimes feel we’re left in the dark. [Continue reading]


Back to the future

Since we can’t see one single nanosecond into the future, we back into the future, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have direction. I love what Philip Yancey writes in the booklet Guidance (Multnomah, 1983):

      I had always thought of guidance as forward-looking. We keep praying, hoping, counting on God to reveal what we should do next. In my own experience, at least, I have found the direction to be reversed.

      For me, guidance becomes clear only as I look backward. At the moment, my future is a big blur. Guidance becomes evident only when I look back, months and years later.

[Continue reading]


But wait. There’s more!

Here are some you posts on God’s will:
Does God make crank calls?
How to decide what’s right or wrong for you
Which path is the “right” path?


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on questions

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. Hudson Taylor

When you are doubtful as to your course, submit your judgment absolutely to the Spirit of God, and ask Him to shut against you every door but the right one. Meanwhile keep on as you are, and consider the absence of indication to be the indication of God’s will that you are on His track. As you go down the long corridor, you will find that He has preceded you, and locked many doors which you would fain have entered; but be sure that beyond these there is one which He has left unlocked. Open it and enter, and you will find yourself face to face with a bend of the river of opportunity, broader and deeper than anything you had dared to imagine in your sunniest dreams. Launch forth upon it; it conducts to the open sea. F.B. Meyer

“Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion, but a command. I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time. When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under the heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.” Sarah Young in Jesus Calling

Don’t look at the future—that can be frightening. Look back at all the ways He has provided for you. That’s faith-building. Steve DeNeff

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June 19, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at big questions: unanswered prayer, unfulfilled promises, unpunished evil. (And click if you missed last week’s Dad’s day issue.)

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When faithful question faith

According to Jesus, John the Baptist was the greatest human who ever lived!

      “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11).

He was filled with the Holy Spirit—even before his birth (Luke 1:15).

He lived a disciplined life.

      “He will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks” (Luke 1:15).

He preached that Jesus was the Messiah.

      The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel” (John 1:29-31).

He saw the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus; heard the Father call Jesus his Son.

      Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God” (John 1:32-34).

      After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” (Matthew 3:16-17).

That’s quite a righteous resume! But look at this passage from Luke:

      John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’” (Luke 7:20).

What?! Despite being filled with the Spirit, plus seeing and hearing proof of Jesus’ divinity, and preaching that Jesus is the Messiah, John questions everything!

John was in prison for preaching against Herod’s affair with his sister-in-law, Herodias, whom he had then married. Herod, the Roman leader over Judea, was notorious for having prominent members of his family, including second wife, Mariamne I, executed for treason. He was so despised that Josephus reports Herod commanded a large group of distinguished men to come to Jericho, and he gave an order that they should be killed at the time of his death so his death would bring grief to his subjects. With Herod’s history, John surely felt his imprisonment would lead to death.

I’m not sure what caused these serious questions. (Trials and tragedies are often the catalysts for questions.) I am sure that it’s perfectly normal to occasionally question my faith. If someone Jesus esteemed as “none greater” had questions, then I am not such a heathen for my doubts and questions. Good to know!

Copyright © 2016 James N. Watkins


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Unanswered prayer, unfufilled promises, unpunished evil

Have you ever struggled with the questions of unanswered prayer, unpunished evil, and unfulfilled promises? If so, you’re in good company! Three thousand years ago, the psalmist Asaph struggled with those very questions. He poetically—and honestly—revealed his own dark doubts, crippling confusion and constant questions.

But the psalms of Asaph, provide some clues for dealing with these questions. Notice, I wrote “clues.” The Bible—and this book in particular—are not “answer books.”

Read my sample Introduction for my book proposal for Three Questions: Unanswered Prayer. Unpunished Evil. Unfulfilled Promises..


But wait. There’s more!

Here are some you posts on big questions:
God is never late—but he sure is slow
Hope in a hand basket
“In this world you will have trouble
Why? Some thoughts on life’s tough questions


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on questions

There are many things that I don’t understand. Billy Graham

A god that can be understood is not a god. Somerset Maugham

Trying to comprehend God and His ways is like algae trying to pass an algebra exam! JNW

My faith does not rest on God’s promises. My faith rests upon God’s character. Faith must rest in confidence upon the One who made the promises. A. W. Tozer

Faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse. Philip Yancey

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit. St. Paul (Romans 15:13)

Doubts are the ants in the pants that keep faith moving. Fredrick Beuchner

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June 12, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my weekly online magazine. It’s just one week to Father’s Day, so here here’s my salute to dads.

You can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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God is a proud father

You can always spot a new father. He’s the one with the high-priced digital camera, an “It’s a Girl/Boy” button pinned to his chest, and a look-what-I-did grin on his face.

It’s hard to believe it been over 35 years since my last trip to the maternity ward for the birth of Faith and Paul, but my pride in my children has never been greater. We have a hallway of childhood and adult photos, words of their wisdom in my journal and 35 years worth of Father’s Day cards in our fire-proof file.

According to the prophet Zephaniah, God is also proud parent:

      He will take delight in you with gladness.
      With his love, he will calm all your fears.
      He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Wow! God the Father takes “delight” in his children. He “rejoices” over them “with singing.”

In Job, we find that God is boasting about his child to Satan. And Jesus reminds us that there is rejoicing in the eternal maternity ward when just one sinner is “born again.”

God delights in our praises, just as we delight in handmade cards and special gifts. (I now have a “Hello Kitty” gift bag that is filled with wonderful heartfelt gifts from my grandkiddos.) He also delights in who we are!

He must have that look-what-I-did when we come to him as humble children. And while we are singing praise choruses, he rejoices over us with his own chorus of praise.

Originally appeared in Light from the Word in 1991.


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Archaeologist discovers ‘Proverbs 32 Man’ manuscript

This just in! Archaeologist discovers long-lost “Proverbs 32 Man” passage. I am pleased to post this exclusive excerpt just in time for Father’s Day:

Who can find a virtuous man, for his price is far above a Hollywood hunk’s movie deal.
The heart of his wife doth safely trust in him, for his Internet browser history is free of anything degrading unto her or unto other women.
He shall do her no harm, so that she need not fear unfaithfulness or violence all the days of her life.
He worketh hard to provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of his household.
He is like a FedEx truck bringing food and household products from afar. [Continue reading]


But wait! There’s more . . .

Here are some of my favorite Father’s Day columns from the archives:

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

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

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

“Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thin 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

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Top ten things my dad taught me
(Yep, that’s my dad above.)

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


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on fatherhood

You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out. Jerry Seinfeld

My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic. Bob Odenkirk

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain

The only way I can describe [fatherhood]—it sounds stupid, but—at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time. Matt Damon

When you have kids, there’s no such thing as quality time. There’s just time. There’s no, “Ooh, his graduation’s better than going to the mall.” It’s all kind of equal. Changing her diaper and her winning a contest—it’s all good. Chris Rock

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. Billy Graham

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June 5, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at! It’s June, so here here’s my Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer issue:

You can also access more than 300 posts on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources.

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Laziness is a virtue

Ah, those “lazy, hazy days of summer.” Time to laze in the hammock and ponder the importance of . . . well, lazing in the hammock.

Laziness, you see, is a vital virtue! Think about it over a tall glass of lemonade. Where would we be today without this important quality? “Necessity” is not the “mother of invention”! (Maybe a sister or a second-cousin, but not the mother.) Laziness is the mother of invention! [Continue reading]


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Top ten clues a man should wear a shirt in summer

I have in my right hand, direct from the home office in hot and humid Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category:

10. Take a tape measure. Drop it on the floor. If you can’t pick it up without bending your knees, put on a shirt.[Continue reading]

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Vacations are not a vacation if . . .
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Quips and quotations on summer

That awkward moment when you write a super long, heartfelt note in someone’s yearbook and they write “Have a Great Summer!!” Inspired by The Wonder Years

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. Erma Bombeck

A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp. Raymond Duncan

If you are not barefoot, you’re overdressed!

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter. Henry David Thoreau

It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility. Yogi Berra

It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do. Walter Winchell

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer. Come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. Oriana Green

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.


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