Welcome to the best—and the rest—of my week’s cartoons and comments on:
• These are the ‘good old days’
• Mind-blowing news
• Why we need editors
• Walking through life with you
• Your “write” role
• Standardized tests
• “The church is a whore . . .”
• Resources from Blue Ridge Mountains writers’ conference
• Pakistani Christian builds ‘bulletproof’ cross in Muslim country
I’ll share details as they become public.
Walking through life with you
I am loving my time at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers’ Conference. Michelle Cox is one of the many reasons. She is an energetic bundle of encouragement! So, it’s a pleasure to welcome her to “Hope and Humor.” [Continuing reading]
Your ‘write’ role
Here’s my keynote at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers’ Conference encouraging the conferees from 1 Corinthians 12 in New Living Amplified Paraphrased King James Watkins Version [Continued reading] (I’m hoping to have audio online soon.)
‘The church is a whore . . .’
Augustine is credited with lamenting that “The church is a whore, but she is still my mother.” And so, as we approach, Pentecost Sunday, it’s a good time to remember, the church may not be perfect, but it is worthy of our support. [Continuing reading]
Resources from Blue Ridge Mountains writers’ conference
I’ll be speaking on the following subjects—just in case you a) can’t be at the conference or b) my classes conflict with more interesting classes. [Continuing reading]
Pakistani Christian builds ‘bulletproof’ cross in Muslim country
(The Washington Post) Pakistani businessman Parvez Henry Gill says he was sleeping when God crashed into one of his dreams and gave him a job: find a way to protect Christians in Pakistan from violence and abuse. “I want you to do something different,” God told him.
That was four years ago, and Gill, a lifelong devout Christian, struggled for months with how to respond. Eventually, after more restless nights and more prayers, he awoke one morning with his answer: He would build one of the world’s largest crosses in one of the world’s most unlikely places.
“I am going to build a big cross, higher than any in the world, in a Muslim country,” said Gill, 58. “It will be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry-free.”
As for the cross, Gill called it “bulletproof,” noting that it sits on a 20-foot underground base. “Tons and tons of steel, iron and cement,” he said as he looked up toward the top of the structure. “If anyone tries to hit this cross, they will not succeed.”
I don’t doubt Mr. Gill’s sincerity, but the power of the cross is not in the cross itself but in Christ himself. He promised, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Our peace is in Christ, not in a “bulletproof” steel and concrete monument.
Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins