It’s been a joy to share at the Mid-South Christian Writers’ and the Blue Lake Christian Writers’ conferences. Here are links to my talks.

The ten creative commandments
This has become one of my favorite keynotes showing practical ways to increase your creativity in communications.

Three new “must haves” for today’s writers
Brand, platform and social networking have become absolutely essential in today’s publishing. Here’s some practical information and advice, along with a post on writing for the digital age.

Keeping your dreams alive
Writing can be discouraging, but here is hope from the story of Joseph.

Soaring with eagles, walking with emus
While this was delivered at writers’ conferences, it’s applicable to any career whether pastor, plumber or pyromaniac. Just mentally edit in your particular vocation.

Hope and humor for writers
A whole ream of writers’ resources

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Lent, not to be confused with the stuff in the dryer filter, is a time of spiritual preparation for Easter. It includes the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. So, here’s some hope and humor for Christian “preppers.”



Forty days of hope and humor

Top ten things I’m giving up for Lent (4. Golf pants)
Forty days of imitating Christ Devotions from one of my latest books: The Imitation of Christ
Easter cartoons
Easter eggs-pose’
Easter quips and quotations
Chocolate bunnies are good for you!



Looking for Jesus

Genuine Jesus or Counterfeit Christ
The Easter story in chronological order
Knowing who we are One of Christ’s last acts revealed who he was
They just don’t make crosses like they used to



He is risen!

“It is finished!” was announced before Christ’s resurrection
When “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Comin'” just isn’t enough



The passion of the pastorate

Lent can be a stressful time for pastors. Not only are they prepping for meaningful services for Holy Week and Easter Sunday, but it’s also the time of with possible pastoral votes and perhaps searching for new positions afterward. Here is some hope and humor I’ve written for clergy magazines.
Top ten list: When you’re voted out
Wounded shepherds: When is it time to leave the flock?
Considering a post-clergy career?
Encouragement from the Book of Joe from my contribution to the book, Pause for Pastors



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Evil Jim at the Oscars (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.1.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
Lives matter issue (01.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (01.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Nearly one-third adolescent boys and many teen girls go through a time of questioning their sexual identity. With today’s discussions of “gender fluidity,” it has become an even larger issue.

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

If you’re straight, I want you to know that gender identity is a complicated issue. And when an issue is so complicated, compassion should be the first response.

So, I’ve attempted to write these excerpts from my books on sexuality as well as these recent posts with truth and grace, so thank you for your consideration and comments. (This may prove to be my most controversial issue of Hope and Humor, but it is well worth the risk to address these issues.) Here we go . . .



My sexual identity crisis

LGBTQ issues have sparked contentious debate. So, it’s time for me to “come out” and admit my struggle with my own sexual self-identity as a teenager. [Continue reading]



Is sexual identity nature or nurture?

Brain research seems to suggest that a disruption in one’s embryonic development, could produce a male with a “female” brain. This may give credence to transgenders’ argument that they are women in men’s bodies. [Continue reading]



God and the Gay Christian conversation

The fight for acceptance of sex-same unions has moved from the gay community to the media to the states to the courts to “mainline” churches—and now to evangelical churches with Matthew Vines’ controversial book. [Continue reading]

God and the Gay Christian concepts

If you read just one post this issue, I’d encourage you to read, what I believe, are four biblical concepts. I’ve labeled it a “rough draft,” so I’d welcome your input. [Continue reading]



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

The late Fred Phelps and his followers became infamous for their picketing with signs declaring, “God Hates Fags.” Phelps message and methods have been condemned by both religious and non-religious. (See God hates godhatesfags.com). But, why does God—and many of those who profess to follow Him—seem so bent out of shape about homosexual behavior? Here’s my theory for your consideration. [Continue reading]



A ‘civil’ debate on same-sex marriage

Is it possible for opposing sides of the issue to get what they both want? Here’s my win/win proposal. [Continue reading]



New book releases fall 2017

I’m thrilled to announce that Bold Vision Books will be releasing Three Questions: Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpunished Evil in time for the Christmas book-buying season. And thanks for your prayers as I write with a June 31 deadline. Click for a rough draft of the Preface and Introduction. (Okay, it’s really rough draft, that I’m completely rewriting, but it will at least give you an idea of what I’m writing.)



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Love, marriage, sex issue (2.1.17)
Inaugural issue (1.15.17)
Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
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Welcome to my annual salute to love, marriage and sex. If you’re single, dating, engaged, married, divorced, widowed or “it’s complicated,” there’s something for you! Enjoy.

Many of the posts below are from my books on love and sexuality, including The Why Files: When Can I Start Dating?. And check out my cartoons on love.



Love

Falling in love—and getting back up
Looking for love in all the right places
Men and women are different!
Men are dirt
No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships
Breaking up without breaking down



Marriage

Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship
Top ten reasons I’m not divorcing my wife
Top ten secrets to staying married



Sex

A case for polygamy?!
Can I become a virgin again?
“Coming Out” My sexual identity crisis
Cure for common cold: sex
Fifty Shades of Beige “Reel” sex is never as good as real sex
Guy’s guide to cars . . . and sex
The hidden habit: masturbation
Three secrets to XXX-ceptional sex
Top ten turn-ons for women
Why are guys such boobs about breasts?



New How to become a million-selling author

This month, I reached 12 million readers. Yep! Twelve with six zeros. You can too! [Continue reading]



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Inauguration issue (1.15.17)
Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Will God’s purpose be accomplished under Trump?

While many evangelicals came out in support of the president-elect, many others warned against his arguably unchristian comments on women and attacks on critics. One thing Christians can agree upon is . . . [Continue reading]



The Un-Tied States of America

The recent election results have revealed just how divided are the “United” States of America. Commentators, pundits and leaders are searching for reasons to explain the deep racial, gender, ideological and political divides.

I blame the Internet. Let me explain before I cause even more division. With the WWW, consumers no longer have to listen to differing viewpoints. [Continue reading]



Top ten ways to reduce the national debt

10. Sponsor a national garage sale (Do we really need two Dakotas?)

9. Make Chuck-E-Cheese tokens legal tender
[Continue reading]



Christians to pray for leaders with whom they disagree

Whether you voted for Donald Trump or someone else (I voted for Constitution candidate, Darrell Castle ), we are urged to pray for “all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timonthy 2:2). [Continue reading]

To angry voters . . .

Protestors are already gathering to protest mean-spirited comments of the president-elect—with their own mean-spirited comments. (Irony alert!) There’s a more constructive way to address issues of disagreement. [Continue reading]



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The date corresponded to January 22, 1973, when the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states. I wish he wouldn’t have limited the day to simply the unborn in the United States. So, here’s my Lives matter issue:



Right to life: womb to tomb

Every human being everywhere has a right to life from womb to tomb. Here are my favorite columns on:
Is it a life or a choice?
Ethuanasia and dying with dignity
Capital punishment: serious questions
Pro-life from womb to tomb



Right to equality

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). Here are 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”?!



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

All writing copyright © James N. Watkins and is protected by United States and international law. For permission to print or repost, please visit my press page.

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Welcome to a new year and a new issue of “Hope and Humor.” I’m featuring strategies for a new you in 2017: new predictions, new plans, new identity and more. (I’m especially excited about my new identity in the New Year.)


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New Year predictions

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

1. A Hollywood couple will break up citing “irreconcilable differences.” [Continue reading]


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New plans

God has a plan for your relationships, schedule, location and more in 2017 as evidenced in the Christmas story. He’s more organized and in control than the best wedding planner! [Continue reading



New habits

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 2017!


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New love

Many people spend their lives, as the old song goes, “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.” So, how do we find real, lasting love? Here’s how . . . [Continue reading]


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New identity

“Who are you? Who, who? Who, who?” What’s your identity? Spouse? Parent? Rodeo clown? Other?

If so, what happens when death or divorce takes your spouse? Your kids leave the nest? You’re forced into early retirement by a 2,000-pound steer? [Continue reading]


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New Year traditions

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! [Continue reading]


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New top ten list

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

And the number one post, earning nearly one-fifth of all page views in 2016:

And the number one Facebook post of 2016:

Click for Hope and Humor’s commentary on 2016 election coverage. “We reported; you shook your head”



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

The Bipolar Princess Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)
Suck-cess issue (08.14.16)

Plus, 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. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

All writing copyright © James N. Watkins and is protected by United States and international law. For permission to print or repost, please visit my press page.

Credits
New Years Eve clock photo: livescience.com
Hands making heart photo: PlusQuotes.com
Giant corn cob: Corn Borer Chamber of Commerce

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December 28, 2016 Unless you live in a galaxy far, far away, you know that Princess Leila, lesser known as Carrie Fisher, died of a heart attack Monday. Leia fought in outer space, while Fisher in inner space as she battled mental health issues. Both fought with bravery and humor. So, here are some of my favorite columns on mental health:

Are authors in their “write” mind
Dealing with death and grief
Hope and help for suicidal thoughts
I’m a mess. You’re a mess. (Audio)
You may depressed if . . .

I am so grateful that God has chosen someone with clinical depression, ADD, OCD and just a touch of ASD to share hope and humor. God’s grace is amazing . . . and ironic!

If you’re struggling with a mental health issue, please seek professional help. There is “A New Hope”!

Previous issues
Christmas issue (12.01.16)
Thanksgiving issue (11.01.16)
Halloween issue (10.01.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)
Suck-cess issue (08.14.16)
Waiting issue (08.07.16)

Related posts
The Force Awakens universal questions

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Welcome to my 19th annual Twelve Sites of Christmas . . . and no partridge in a pear tree!

I may not be your “true love,” but I do have some hope and ho! ho! ho! for you with cartoons and my favorite Christmas columns. Besides, you really don’t want livestock and leaping lords under your Christmas tree, do you?! I didn’t think so. Have a meaningful Christmas!

Previous issues
Thanksgiving issue (11.01.16)
Halloween issue (10.01.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)
• [Romans] 8:28 issue (08.28.16)
Election 2016 issue (08.21.16)
Suck-cess issue (08.14.16)
Waiting issue (08.07.16)


2016-books
Site 1: Christmas shopping made easy

The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language features 90 devotions from Thomas à Kempis organized by the characteristics of Christ.

I Have a Meme! The best cartoons of hope and humor—and a few of the worst includes 200 my my cartoons, and a few by “Evil Jim.”

But wait, there’s more! Click for 20 books for all audiences, writers and young people. And, no searching for a parking space at the mall! You’re welcome.



Site 2: Ho! Ho! Humor!

Christmas cartoons

A Christmas tree called “Shrek”

Top ten politically-correct Christmas—excuse me, holiday—songs

Top ten signs you’ve spent too much money on Christmas presents

Top ten things I do not want for Christmas


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Site 3: The 365 Days of Christmas

Celebrating Christmas all year long

Putting the X back in Xmas


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Site 4: Yes, Virginia, there really was a St. Nick

Top ten reasons Santa on naughty list

The man behind the beard


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Site 5: Is that your feliz answer?

Angels don’t come from Hallmark

Happy Holidays, American Family Association There are at least six holidays during December!

Test your Christmas trivia skills


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Site 6: The Christmas story

The Christmas story in chronological order

God is in control

Mary, did we know? (What was she thinking when the angel announced the outrageous proposition?)

The ten best—and worst—Christmas movies

A Very Twitter Christmas


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Site 7: How Christmas saved a grinch

The shocking true story!


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Site 8: Fruitcake for the soul

Christmas at Macy’s

Christmas at K-Mart


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Site 9: Christmas smells like ****

Not like evergreens, fresh-baked cookies . . .


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Site 10: Merry Christmas quotations

Happy holidays thoughts

(Okay, this photo has nothing to do with quotations, but dogs in Santa hats bring happy thoughts.)


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Site 11: Looking for “true love”?

No leaping lords can love you like this Lord


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Site 12: Stocking stuffers

Hope in a hand basket

Lamb of God: a ewe-nique perspective on Christ’s birth

“There is no peace on earth, I said”

Wiseman and Wife: a comedy/drama for Christmas

Okay, okay, this page has expanded like Santa’s waistline, but “The 24 Sites of Christmas” would make an already painfully long song even longer! Have a wonderful year of Christmas!

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Top ten sites from November

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten posts from November 2016 (Numbers in parentheses are previous month’s ranking.)


Legal stuff . . .

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Photos
Advent wreath: James N. Watkins
Heart ornament: WallpaperFolder
Basket of chocolates: Chocolat Moderne (I need a gift registry!)
Dogs in Santa hats: Connaissance Spirituelle

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