hope and humor, encouragement, James Watkins
Hi, I’m Jim. I’m not exactly a cheerleader, but I do offer more hope and humor than you can shake a pom pom at. You’ll find . . .

Articles on everything from sects to sex. (Scroll down for latest.)

Book excerpts including my latest The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, and Unpunished Evil

Cartoons

Comedy/drama scripts

Jim Talks: Like “Ted Talks” only funnier

Writers’ resources

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Have you seen the Facebook posts that reads:

MSOT POPEEL CAN RAED TIHS AS LNOG AS THE FRSIT AND LSAT LTETRS ARE IN THE CRORCET ODERR?

TIHS IS VREY TURE IN LFIE!

If we start out well, and have the right end in mind, the middle will work out. [Continue reading]

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Having the last laugh

July 9th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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[Jesus] went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him (Mark 39-40).

It was over. Finished. She had given up the ghost. Crossed over Jordan. The fat lady—or in this case, the professional mourners—had sung. Roll the credits!

We have all been there.

It might not have been the death of a loved one. Perhaps it was a marriage, a job, a friendship, a pastorate, or a dream. It was over, finished, the end. And to think otherwise was simply laughable.

In those relationships and situations that seem beyond hope, God enjoys having the last laugh. [Continue reading]

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True or False: The Founding Fathers of the United States were Christians who formed a government based on godly principles.

Well, the answer is a bit more complex than simply true or false. The “revisionist left” would like to make them secular and the “religious right” would like to make them saintly. Let’s take a look at some of the more prominent Founding Fathers’ beliefs . . . in their own words. [Continue reading]

And have a great and safe Independence Day!

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Hope for balance in life

June 25th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


If I hear another pastor, teacher or speaker proclaim, as if from Mount Sinai, “Put God first, your family second, your ministry third and your self last,” my “self” is going to put them very last on my priority list! Here’s why:

Let me be clear: putting God at the center of our lives is essential. But this ranking system is rigid, unrealistic and unworkable. Those who attempt to implement it end up conflicted and stressed—and probably alienated from their family. So, here’s an alternative. [Continue reading]

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Welcome summer!

June 18th, 2018 | 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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Happy Father’s Day!

June 13th, 2018 | 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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How tragic that last week we heard of the suicides of fashion designer, Kate Spade, and celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. Calls to the suicide prevention hotline increaed 25 percent following the news!

Each year, more than 800,000 people worldwide die by suicide and 25 times that number attempt to take their own lives. (I, too, have had thoughts of suicide as I struggle with clinical depression.)

Here are some posts I trust are hopeful and helpful if you or a loved one are dealing with suicidal thoughts.

Hope and help for suicidal thoughts

If you’re thinking about suicide

Do those who commit suicide go to heaven?

What about euthanasia’s “death with dignity”

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I have a “high pressure” week on the schedule! Maybe you do too.

So I’m indentifying—just a bit—with the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9:

      We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Contrary to TV preachers who promise “health and wealth,” St. Paul honestly teaches that we can have great faith and still have great trials. In fact, I don’t have any objective research results, but I suspect there is no statistical difference between the amount of tragedy that holy Christians and heathenistic non-Christians experience—the same amount of trouble, perplexity, abuse and being knocked down.

There is, however, a huge difference promised in two little words: but not!

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And thanks for praying for a high-pressure meeting Wednesday at 2:30 EDT.

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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.

1. World peace is not gonna to happen. Sorry commencement speakers, presidential candidates, and Miss America contestants. Two thousand years ago Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars, and he hasn’t been wrong yet. Better to work at being at peace with yourself. Now if just six billion people would all do that . . . [Continue reading]

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