Hi, I’m Jim. I’m no cheerleader, but I do offer more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a pom pom at. Rah!

You’ll find book excerpts and articles on everything from sects to sex: death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parenting, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. Plus, cartoons and free comedy/drama sketches.

Scroll down for my latest posts including a review of the newest Star Wars.

Plus watch and listen to my hopeful and humorous keynote talks and seminars, as well as find a list of my topics and schedule of speaking engagements. (I’d love to speak at your college, conference, church or convenience store grand opening.)

And check out excerpts the latest book, The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, and Unpunished Evil.

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Not all are created “equal,” but all should be treated with equal compassion, respect and dignity.

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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are some of my favorite columns that explore equality:

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

James Robert 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”?!

Why I support “gay rights” (Several posts on this complicated issue)

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WARNING: This post contains satire!

Zondervan/Thomas Nelson has announced that its popular New American Standard Bible, New International Version and New King James Version will no longer contain the works of Kings David and Solomon.

A spokesperson noted, “We can no longer promote the work of authors guilty of sexual assault. King David’s immoral affair with Bathsheba and the subsequent ordering the murder of her husband, Uriah, disqualifies the psalmist from writing in holy script. King Solomon’s acquisitions of multiple wives and his embracing of their pagan gods also makes disingenuous his so-called “wisdom” writing. As a result, only the twelve psalms of Asaph and one of Moses will remain in the book of Psalms. We will also delete the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.”

The world’s largest Christian publisher is also considering deleting any references to Abraham, who had a sexual affair with his wife’s servant. First and 2 Corinthians may be also be removed as the members of the church, according to chapter 6 in Paul’s first letter, had previously engaged in “sexual sin,” “adultery,” “male prostitution” and “homosexuality.” [Continue reading]

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Action-figure Jesus!

January 8th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


This is blasphemy, I thought. My four-year-old son had taken his World Wrestling Entertainment action figure and had tied him on a wooden cross creating a National Endowment for the Arts version of a crucifix.

This “Jesus” had muscles on top of muscles, pecs the size of couch cushions; black, curly hair; and a Coppertone tan. This was not the cardboard cut-out Jesus from Sunday school class or from the stereotype from the movies.

Most Hollywood portrayals of “Jesus” look like he stepped off the cover of a romance best-seller—blow-dried auburn hair with blonde highlights, immaculately manicured nails, a pure white robe, and of course, heavenly good looks.

But wait, maybe Paul’s “action-figure Jesus” is closer to the original. [Continue reading]

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A busy week with “Boxing Day,” gearing up for a brand new year and that annoying song about leaping lords milking a partridge in a pear tree which drags through January 6. 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.

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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!

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Top ten posts for 2017

December 25th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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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 2017.

10. Coming out: my sexual identity crisis

9. The hidden habit: masturbation

8. The Christmas Story in chronological order

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

6. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

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

4. From bad to worse to . . . astonishing

3. God is never late—but he sure is slow

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

And, the number one post for the fourth year in a row . . .

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

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I have in my right bionic hand, direct from my home base, today’s top ten list Top ten non-spoilers from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Like every episode before it . . .

10. There are epic battle scenes. (The special effects continue to increase with complexity. Amazing!)

9. There are new space creatures—both cute and creepy. (Fortunately, there are no new Jar Jar Binks type characters! And I was so relieved that a wise-creacking porg didn’t replace Han Solo piloting the Millennium Falcon. That would have been so Disney!) Continue reading.

Posts from a long time ago

Cartoons from the dark side
Star Wars III: modern morality play
The Force Awakens universal questions
This Force never sleeps
Top ten rejected titles for Star Wars VII
Top ten signs Han Solo has turned 70
Top ten surprises in Star Wars: Episode VII

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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! But if you’d like to repeat the entire “song,” here are the complete Twelve Sites of Christmas.

And, thanks for sharing this post with your true love!

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Looking for your “true love”?

No leaping lords can love you like this Lord. Click for the ultimate Christmas gift.

Thanks for sharing this site with your true love! (And if you’re one of those people who opens all the Advent calendar windows as soon as you get it, here’s a link to all Twelve Sites of Christmas.)

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Merry Christmas quips and quotations

Click for some happy holidays thoughts. (Okay, this photo has nothing to do with quotations, but puppies in Santa hats always bring happy thoughts.)

Thanks for sharing this site with your true love! (And if you’re one of those people who opens all the Advent calendar windows as soon as you get it, here’s a link to all Twelve Sites of Christmas.)

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