Hard times for ‘hard’ news

November 25th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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For fifteen years I wrote for a newspaper. The kind you can use to housebreak puppies, make papier-mâché art projects and wrap dishes for moving. But daily “paper” papers have dropped from a high of nearly 1,800 in 1945 to about 400 today. Circulation per capita has dropped below 15 percent.

I haven’t subscribed to a print paper for nearly twenty years. Teddy is gone, no more school-aged children and the next time I move, I want to go feet first.

The online news aggregate site, Drudge Report, made journalism history when in 1996 it was the first news source to break then-president Bill Clinton’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Newsweek initially declined to run the story. Since then, Drudge Report has gained a loyal following of 2 million unique visitors per day beating out USA Today with 1.7 million subscribers and The New Times which has less than 1.4 million subscribers.

Digital dinosaurs face extinction

The prehistoric crocodile managed to survive the extinction of the massive dinosaurs by becoming smaller and more agile. In the same way, the print brontosauruses require large staffs, massive presses and an army of people delivering the news to your door step once a day.

Matt Drudge, with his computer and website, is the agile crocodile with no reporters (virtually all content is links from other news sites), no designers (the simple—crude—design hasn’t changed in years) and a staff of three, including himself. Business Insider estimates that Drudge, as sole owner, makes between 15 and 20 million dollars a year from advertising.

It’s hard for paper newspapers to compete when it arrives at your doorstep—or more likely in your bushes—once a day, while major online news sites offer live streaming of news events to your handheld device. Even Drudge can be slow in Internet terms compared to Twitter and Facebook.

Hard news faces extinction

The Brookings Institute warns, “While the Internet world has made it possible for everyone to express their opinion widely—whether they know anything or not—it has also confused readers. In the absence of supposedly neutral intermediaries such as reporters, fact-checkers, and editors, readers are having a hard time judging the credibility of what they read.”

If that’s not enough to make you lose your breakfast all over your keyboard, Nick Denton, the managing editor of Gawker.com, confirms Brookings greatest fears: “I think it’s implicit in the way that a website is produced that our standards of accuracy are lower. Besides, immediacy is more important than accuracy, and humor is more important than accuracy.”

Surviving the digital news age

So, how do you sort out the news from the views? How can you find the “hard” truth?

Search out multiple sources. My Internet book marks embrace both “conservative” and “liberal” sites: Drudge and The Huffington Post, Fox News and CNN, etc. No media is truly unbiased or even “fair and balanced”!

Learn to make the distinction between reporting the news and advocating an agenda. For instance, notice how, presidential candidate Ben Carson is being grilled on the veracity of his bio, but Hillary Clinton’s long list of confirmed lies (daughter Chelsea jogging around the World Trade Center on 9/11, the two coming under “sniper fire” while visiting Bosnia and more) are completely ignored.

Go to primary sources. The media—whether it’s The New York Times or Drudge—are secondary sources, rather than primary or “eye witness” accounts. Even “live streaming” can be deceptive with camera angles and cropping, the subjects interviewed, etc.

Track down the person’s actual interview. Again, Ben Carson, was taken completely out of context when he said he would be “uncomfortable” with a Muslim president. He actually said he would be uncomfortable with any president who governed by his religion rather the Constitution.

Track down the source of the original study. Figures don’t lie, but liars figure. Cherry-picking statistics from any study can skew the interpretation.

Become your own “fact checker”

Getting away with biased or advocate journalism is impossible in the new age of the Internet. You don’t have to rely on the big three networks to tell you each evening “and that’s the way it is” without question. You can instantly “google” an event to find multiple perspectives on any issue.

So . . . be ‘hard’ on news sources!

Copyright © James N. Watkins

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Imitation of Christ releases in 48 days!

The classic devotional by Thomas à Kempis arranged and organized into 90 devotional readings.

The Imitation of Christ is one of the great spiritual works of the Church. More than five hundred years later, it remains not just a classic, but a road map to the life the Lord wants each of us to live.”
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of New York

“This book makes me angry. Not only because I didn’t think of it, but also because I could never have done the thorough, sensitive, beautiful job James N. Watkins has done in updating Thomas à Kempis’s, The Imitation of Christ, into a modern classic of ninety riveting readings. I need this book. And so does everyone I know.”
Bob Hostetler, best-selling author of Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door

“This influential book is an incredible gift to this century. James Watkins has stayed true to the original text but in language that continues to speak from the soul of Thomas à Kempis to the soul of a twenty-first century seeker. A message for which our world has deep hunger. This is literally a soul-changing, ultimately world changing book; a must for every person serious about being a Christ-follower.”
Jo Anne Lyon: White House adviser on faith, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church

The Imitation of Christ devotional is truly a gift to the church. Watkins provides timeless, profound truths in everyday language, introducing modern Christians to the power of Thomas à Kempis’ words and life’s work. A deeply moving, wholly convicting, and truly life-altering book.”
Mary DeMuth: author of Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Changes Everything

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Sample chapter
Daily quotation

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Hope, humor and Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy these cartoons and past columns, and have a safe and grateful week of Thanksgiving.

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Raise the intellectual level of conversation at Thanksgiving dinner above that of the cranberry sauce with this serving of fascinating facts.

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I vowed not to ask for anything, but to simply praise God during the day. I found fifty things for which to praise Him within just ten feet.

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Some thoughts on the above cartoon. . .

Top ten reasons to give thanks . . .
. . . when you think you don’t have any. You really do have much for which to give thanks.

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Feel free to right click and save any of these cartoons to use on your site or newsletters or wherever. And you’re welcome to repost any of my columns. Just be sure to include: © Copyright James N. Watkins. All rights reserved. www.jameswatkins.com Thanks!

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Imitation of Christ releases in 50 days!

The classic devotional by Thomas à Kempis arranged and organized into 90 devotional readings.

The Imitation of Christ is one of the great spiritual works of the Church. More than five hundred years later, it remains not just a classic, but a road map to the life the Lord wants each of us to live.”
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of New York

“This book makes me angry. Not only because I didn’t think of it, but also because I could never have done the thorough, sensitive, beautiful job James N. Watkins has done in updating Thomas à Kempis’s, The Imitation of Christ, into a modern classic of ninety riveting readings. I need this book. And so does everyone I know.”
Bob Hostetler, best-selling author of Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door

“This influential book is an incredible gift to this century. James Watkins has stayed true to the original text but in language that continues to speak from the soul of Thomas à Kempis to the soul of a twenty-first century seeker. A message for which our world has deep hunger. This is literally a soul-changing, ultimately world changing book; a must for every person serious about being a Christ-follower.”
Jo Anne Lyon: White House adviser on faith, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church

The Imitation of Christ devotional is truly a gift to the church. Watkins provides timeless, profound truths in everyday language, introducing modern Christians to the power of Thomas à Kempis’ words and life’s work. A deeply moving, wholly convicting, and truly life-altering book.”
Mary DeMuth: author of Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Changes Everything

About the book
The story behind the book
Sample chapter
Daily quotation

Available January 12, 2016. Pre-order today!
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Thanks for nothing!

November 16th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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      Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
      and there are no grapes on the vines;
      even though the olive crop fails
      and the fields lie empty and barren;
      even though the flocks die in the fields,
      and the cattle barns are empty,
      yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
      I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

Little is known of the prophet Habakkuk. except that he lived in the time when Israel was oppressed and many had been taken captive by the Babylonians. There was little reason to give thanks. Maybe you’re also facing this Thanksgiving Day with little for which to give thanks.

In spite of living in captivity and facing what appears to be a famine, Habakkuk writes, “Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord!”

His contemporary prophet, Jeremiah, also wrote of the time of invasion, occupation and captivity:

      “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Keep in mind, this verse—which is a favorite “promise verse” for many—was written just before 70 years of Babylonian captivity!

Things were no better 600 years later when the apostle Paul wrotes during a time of another political oppression. Israel was occupied by Rome which had appointed the infamous Nero to rule over God’s promised land. Paul also had little reason for which to give thanks, yet he writes:

      Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Notice that Habakkuk and Paul are not giving thanks for their situations, but in their situations! And the author of Hebrews encourages Christ followers to offer a “sacrifice of praise” (13:14), even though he is writing in the context of bearing the “disgrace” Jesus bore (13:13).

Thanks for nothing!

We may not have anything for which to give thanks, but the psalmists believed we had someone for which to give thanks:

      Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

This very same instruction is given in 1 Chronicles 16:34 and 41, 2 Chronicles 20:21, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118:1 and 29, Psalm 136:1, and Jeremiah 33:11! (Apparently, God thought it was important enough to repeat it eight times!)

Thanks for someone!

So, as we look around this time, we may not see many things for which to give them, we have someone for whom we can give thanks.

Look back at the bold-faced verses. Make this your list of Thanksgiving this year: for the God of our salvation, for his plans for good and a future and a hope, for his faithful love that endures forever . . . even when we have little physically, socially, financially or politically for which to give thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord!

Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins

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Imitation of Christ releases in 57 days!

The classic devotional by Thomas à Kempis arranged and organized into 90 devotional readings.

The Imitation of Christ is one of the great spiritual works of the Church. More than five hundred years later, it remains not just a classic, but a road map to the life the Lord wants each of us to live.”
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of New York

“This book makes me angry. Not only because I didn’t think of it, but also because I could never have done the thorough, sensitive, beautiful job James N. Watkins has done in updating Thomas à Kempis’s, The Imitation of Christ, into a modern classic of ninety riveting readings. I need this book. And so does everyone I know.”
Bob Hostetler, best-selling author of Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door

“This influential book is an incredible gift to this century. James Watkins has stayed true to the original text but in language that continues to speak from the soul of Thomas à Kempis to the soul of a twenty-first century seeker. A message for which our world has deep hunger. This is literally a soul-changing, ultimately world changing book; a must for every person serious about being a Christ-follower.”
Jo Anne Lyon: White House adviser on faith, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church

The Imitation of Christ devotional is truly a gift to the church. Watkins provides timeless, profound truths in everyday language, introducing modern Christians to the power of Thomas à Kempis’ words and life’s work. A deeply moving, wholly convicting, and truly life-altering book.”
Mary DeMuth: author of Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Changes Everything

About the book
The story behind the book
Sample chapter
Daily quotation

Available January 12, 2016. Pre-order today!
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Shock. Disbelief. Horror. Anger. Grief. These are just a few of the emotions overwhelming the French people following the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris.

I was at the McDonald’s “PlayLand” as the news unfolded on the giant TV above the area. I was holding my giggling granddaughter’s hands as she “walked” up me and back-flipped onto the floor as her older brothers ran among the equipment with uninhibited joy. At the very same time, I watched the news as immobilized victims clutched the hands of loved ones and bloodied survivors ran in horror for cover. Such joy, such sorrow. So surreal!

Here are some resources I hope will be helpful in responding to horrific attack:

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 families and friends of those killed and injured by terrorist acts.
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I am so excited that one of my favorite books, filled with hope and humor, is now an audio book!

Listen to 10 ways to not only survive but thrive with a lemon-fresh attitude as you face those lemon juice in the eye, life-puckering problems. I’ve had my share of sour fruit (cancer, unemployment, depression, chronic nose hair), but here’s a humorous look at the problems of life and the power to overcome them.

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One-third of all the psalms in the Bible are what commentators call “laments.” And the lament of all laments is found in Psalm 22:

      My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
      Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
      Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
      Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief (22:1-2).

Have you ever felt that way? I suspect we all have! St. John of the Cross calls it “The Dark Night of the Soul.” Perhaps you’re facing Thanksgiving Day and there doesn’t seem to be anything for which to give thanks.

But I love the way the psalms of lament always end with hope:

      Yet you are holy,
      enthroned on the praises of Israel.
      Our ancestors trusted in you,
      and you rescued them.
      They cried out to you and were saved.
      They trusted in you and were never disgraced (22:3-5).

We need to keep our eyes on the big picture! God does not answer prayer on our time table. (See my post God Is Never Late, But He Sure Is Slow.) I prayed fervently for five years about a broken relationship before God answered. And I’ve been praying for ten years for a very important issue without an answer.

Apparently God doesn’t own a wrist watch. He lives in the eternal “now.” “You must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day” (2 Peter 3:8). Unfortunately, we do live in time, and a day can seem like a thousand years!

The psalmist is encouraged by two things: simply praising God despite the circumstances and remembering the many ways God has answered prayers in the past:

      I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
      I will praise you among your assembled people.
      Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
      Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
      Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
      For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
      He has not turned his back on them,
      but has listened to their cries for help.
      I will praise you in the great assembly.
      I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you (22:22-25).

The psalmist will praise God and remain faithful to his lord, even though his heart cries out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” And he hopes for a better future:

      Our children will also serve him.
      Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
      His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
      They will hear about everything he has done (22:30-31).

If you’re going through a time of feeling abandoned by God, I’d love to send you a free ebook of Squeezing Good Out of Bad. Just email me at jim @ jameswatkins.com.

Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins

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Liar! Liar! Pantsuit on fire!

November 7th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

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I’m a fierce independent and someone with a journalism background, so if Ben Carson is lying about his rags to surgical scrubs story, that is a valid inquiry. It just wish Hillary Clinton was held to the same journalistic standards.

1. Clinton told “Today” that her daughter was jogging around the World Trade Center on 9-11 and was in a nearby coffee shop when “She heard the plane hit. She heard it. She did,” Chelsea told “Talk Magazine” she was at a friend’s house four miles away. Her friend called her out of a deep sleep to tell her the first plane had struck.

2. Clinton told an audience during her 2008 run for president, that while visiting Bosnia in 1996 as first lady, she remembered “landing under sniper fire.” A greeting ceremony had to be cancelled, she said, as her party “ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.” Video of the Bosnia landing showed Clinton and her daughter calmly walking across the tarmac to be greeted by a little girl with flowers and a crowd of well-wishers.

3. Clinton claims she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two men to climb Mt. Everest. The mountain climber didn’t gain fame for climbing the peak until Clinton was six years old.

4. Clinton kept State Department emails on a private server in her home, but “I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail. I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.” Early on the in federal investigation the inspector general for 17 spy agencies told Congress that two contained information deemed “Top Secret.” Other emails were not labeled “Top Secret” but were indeed top secret and she knew it, investigators claim.

Other statements are harder to nail down.

Did or didn’t Clinton know that the attack on the Libyan embassy was a well-planned out terrorist attack and not a reaction to an anti-Muslim video? (She did tell the Egyptian prime minister less than 24 hours after the attack: “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest.” However, for days later, the official story continued to be the attack was inspired by the video.)

And were the Clinton’s really “dead broke” when they left the White House—to make 12 million dollars during the year after leaving.

If Carson has fabricated some of his story, he needs to come clean. And Clinton needs to be held to the same standards as Carson.

Truth is not a Republican or Democratic commodity. The bright light needs to shine on all: conservative and liberal, Democrat and Republican, mainstream media and online news outlets . . .

Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins

Note (June 2016)

Donald Trump, the “presumptive” Republican candidate, is no “Honest Abe” either. New York Times‘ columnist Timothy Egan wrote:

      [T]he nonpartisan PolitiFact has rated 76 percent of his statements lies—57 percent false or mostly false, and another 19 percent “Pants on Fire” fabrications. Only 2 percent—2 percent!—of his assertions were rated true, and another 6 percent mostly true. Hillary Clinton, who is not exactly known for fealty to the facts, had a 28 percent total lie score, including a mere 1 percent Pants on Fire.

      The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has dinged Trump with 30 of its Four Pinocchio ratings—lying 70 percent of the time.

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I love the responses to this cartoon on Facebook:

“But the greatest of these is faith.” Oh wait… I guess that’s not what it says. Faith Anne

Most days? “Jesus wept.” Linda M Au

“Let her alone; why trouble ye her?” Nancy Lohr

“The laborer deserves his wages.” Show me the money! Paula Geister (Writer)

As a stay at home dad of three boys under age five, 1 Corinthians 15:51 nails my current struggles with nap/rest time: “We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.” Alex Shrum

“Be still and know!” Barb Williams

“My breath is offensive to my wife” (Job 19:17a). Doug Shoemaker

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Over-the-top victors

November 2nd, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


I cannot do this!

While I was undergoing radiation treatments for cancer, I was scheduled to speak at a large conference. My strength was totally, completely depleted, and I had no idea how I was going to have the energy to present the closing keynote address. As I sat on the front row listening to my introduction, those thoughts screamed out in my mind: I cannot do this! But, immediately, God seemed to say, “That’s exactly what I needed to hear.”

God promises us victory at the point where we seem to be completely depleted and defeated. (The Bible is filled with hundreds of examples!) The apostle Paul wanted to convey this powerful truth, but he was at a loss of words. So, he just made up a word.

      In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

The words translated “more than conquerors” is that created word—upernikwmen—a combination of the Greek words hyper and nike.

If you have a “hyper” child, there’s no need for a description. Hyper means “over the top,” “above and beyond.” And we all recognize the word Nike from athletic wear meaning “victor.”

So Paul describes believers as “over-the-top victors”—those who transcend death and life, angels and demons, the present and the future, any powers, heights and depths, and anything else in all creation (Romans 8:38-39).

As I weakly made my way to the stage, I was immediately filled with over-the-top energy for the 40-minute talk. In fact, it was one of my most energized and Spirit-empowered talks ever! But as soon as I sat back down, the exhaustion instantly returned. God had provided hyper nike just when I needed it!

God wants to do that for you as well. That’s why Paul writes:

      That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

So let’s get out there today and be “over-the-top victors”!

Copyright © 2011 James N. Watkins

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Fall is my favorite season with cooler temperatures, fresh cider and spectacular colors! As the chlorophyll—the green pigment in leaves—drains from trees, we see the true colors of the red and yellow maples, yellows of birch and reddish-purple of dogwoods. Their true colors come shining through in fall. Click for my fall photo essay.


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Imitation of Christ releases in 71 days!

The classic devotional by Thomas à Kempis arranged and organized into 90 devotional readings.

The Imitation of Christ is one of the great spiritual works of the Church. More than five hundred years later, it remains not just a classic, but a road map to the life the Lord wants each of us to live.”
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of New York

“This influential book is an incredible gift to this century. James Watkins has stayed true to the original text but in language that continues to speak from the soul of Thomas à Kempis to the soul of a twenty-first century seeker. A message for which our world has deep hunger. This is literally a soul-changing, ultimately world changing book; a must for every person serious about being a Christ-follower.”
Jo Anne Lyon: White House adviser on faith, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church

“Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ is a timeless classic. Watkins has succeeded in providing a clear and accurate rendering of this great volume for a new generation of Catholic and Protestants alike, while avoiding modern idioms that would date the text. I’m looking forward to reading this many times.”
Rev. Randolph Sly: Priest, Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

The Imitation of Christ devotional is truly a gift to the church. Watkins provides timeless, profound truths in everyday language, introducing modern Christians to the power of Thomas à Kempis’ words and life’s work. A deeply moving, wholly convicting, and truly life-altering book.”
Mary DeMuth: author of Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Changes Everything

“Each morning I eagerly go to this modern version of The Imitation of Christ knowing it will convict and teach my spirit, giving me spiritual focus throughout the day. It is the best devotional I’ve found in many years.”
Lissa Halls Johnson, author and speaker

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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 October 2015

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

9. Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

8. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

7. Hope and humor cartoons

6. Does DNA disprove evolution?

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

4. Cure for common cold: sex

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

2. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

And, the number one post in October 2015 . . .

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

(See list at right for the latest posts.)

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