James Watkins, author, speaker
Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Scroll down for my latest posts on office Olympics, life as a human tetherball, not-so-Olympic weight-lifting and, if you’re not planning to watch the games, please join The He-Man Sports Hater’s Club.

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. Plus, lots of free stuff. Enjoy!


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Office Olympics

While the world’s attention is focused on gymnasts, swimmers, track stars, and weightlifters (along with all those retired athletes pitching products), unsung heroes are overcoming Olympic challenges in offices and factories closer to home.

10-mile Commute and 100-Yard Hurdles: Employees (who have just raced through rush hour traffic), must now jump ten parking bumpers, a homeless person, three UPS boxes, and a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign to arrive at their desk on time. [Continue reading].


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Olympic tetherball

Have you ever felt like a human tetherball? Life punches you in the face as you reel in the opposite direction, then you’re struck again and propelled the other way. You’re in constant motion, being struck this way and then that. The only thing that keeps you from totally flying out of control—and into traffic—is the rope that anchors you to the center. [Continue reading]


Not-so-Olympic weightlifting

I needed just one credit to finish my physical education requirements for college. Unfortunately, the only classes open were “Weight-Lifting 101” and “Basket Weaving.” So, at 115 pounds, soaking wet, I signed up for weight-lifting. I looked like the “before” picture in Muscle magazine! To say the least, it was a painful and humiliating experience. [Continue reading]


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Olympic boycott

If you’re not following the Olympics, may I suggest, this exclusive support group of manly men who don’t follow sports. [Complete membership details]


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Brand new podcast and more

Starting this week, I’ll be posting two- to three-minute podcasts to encourage you. This week: Are you listening to Goliath or God?

And get your daily dose of my cartoons on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives. And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016.

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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 July 2016

10. Cure for common cold? Sex!

9. Hope&Humor cartoons

8. James Watkins for president 2016

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

6. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?’

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

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

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

2. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

And, the number one post for July 2016 . . .

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

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Welcome to our 2016 presidential coverage—live from the Tupperware Party convention at the Corn Borer VFW Post 7119. (I am nonpartisan, so I plan to offend all party members.)

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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Last Candidate Standing!

Perhaps national elections should be staged as reality TV shows: The Amazing Political Race, Keeping Up with the Kandidates, Conservative Eye for the Liberal Guy, Dancing with the Issues or Survivor: Electoral College.

And the best part? It would run only from September through November “sweeps” each election year! [Continue reading]


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Candidates need to follow ‘Yellow Brick Road’

This election, I’m looking for a man or woman who has a brain, a heart and, oh yes, courage! Both parties could use some help from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Of course, the “Wicked Witch of the Right” and the “Wicked Witch of the Left” will try to stop them as they dance off arm-in-arm to The Emerald City singing . . . [Continue reading]


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God is on our side! And theirs?

Pundits are claiming that our country is “polarized” to Civil War proportions over moral, fiscal and political issues. Part of the problem maybe that the issues that polarize us as a country are religion-based. [Continue reading]

Related posts
Will God’s purpose be accomplished election day?
WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?


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Third-party alternative

I’m too conservative to be a Democrat, too liberal to be a Republican and too OCD to be a Libertarian, so I am running with the Tupperware Party: “Putting a lid on government.”

Here are my planks in attractive, dish-washer-safe colors. And thank you, in advance, for your vote! [Continue reading]


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Cartoon of the week, etc.

Last week featured the Republican contention—I mean convention—and the Democratic convention kicks off tomorrow, so . . .

Get your daily dose of my cartoons on Facebook, Twitter and at the archives. And follow my race for the White House at Watkins for President 2016.

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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. Scroll down for my latest posts on campaign 2016, Pokémon Go, race relations, high-tech/low life, and much more.

In fact, 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. Plus, lots of free stuff. Enjoy!

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Praying for Germany

07.22.16 My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Munich following today’s shootings at mall. Early reports suggest shooters specifically targeted children. Here are some links that may be helpful:
Dealing with death and grief
Talking to your children about terrorism
Taking the terror out of terrorism


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WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?

07.20.16 Every presidential candidate in 2016, except for Jewish Bernie Sanders, claims to be a Christian! So, WWJE? Who would Jesus elect? It’s not an easy question. [Continue reading]

Plus, visit my James Watkins for President page.


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Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

07.17.16 With Pokémon Go becoming the most-downloaded app of all time, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: [Continue reading]


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High-tech, low life?

07.17.16 Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.) I suspect the honeymoon will be spent in his parent’s basement! The love of technology does have some glitches. [Continue reading]


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All lives matter

07.10.16 An indepth report on race relations by the numbers concerning overall perceptions, relationships with law enforcement and the church, etc. (Originally published in Rescue magazine.) [Continue reading]


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Keeping your dreams alive

07.03.16 We all have dreams, no matter what age: to be a firefighter, a princess, a parent, a successful businessperson, pastor of a “mega-church,” a retiree in Florida. But somewhere between the womb and the tomb, those dreams die. [Continue reading]


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Hi, I’m Jim Watkins, and welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at technology: the good, the bad, the buggy with a Pokémon top ten list and a brand new column, plus five posts from the cyber cellar, a snarky cartoon and high-tech quotations.

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. Enjoy!


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Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

With Pokémon Go becoming the most-downloaded app of all time, I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten rejected Pokémon characters

10. Seepingsaur
9. Cornrow
8. Charbroiled
7. Ratbite
6. Entrails
5. Radon
4. Gingivitis
2. Clintonoid (tie)
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1. Zikachu


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Can high-tech love lead to low-touch life?

Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.)

But when he demanded a marriage license from Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, she refused to grant it. (You may remember her as the embattled clerk who went to jail rather than being forced to sign same-sex marriage licenses. She was released in a plea deal to have her name removed from marriage licenses.)

Attempting to marry technology, however, is not new!

A video gamer, who goes by the name Sal9000, married “Nene Anegaski,” a character in the Nintendo game, “Love Plus.” The well-publicized “ceremony” was hosted at the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a live audience and a real priest. I suspect the honeymoon was spent in his parent’s basement. [Continue reading]


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‘Cyber church’ has bats in belfry

Nearly 20 years ago (20 million years in Internet time), I wrote a snarky critique of the emerging “cyber church.” That was in 1998 when George Barna, the wet-finger-in-the-wind church expert, was predicting that, and I quote, “a majority of Americans . . . completely isolated from the traditional church format . . . will roam the Internet in search of meaningful spiritual experiences. Those people will never set foot on a church campus because their religious and spiritual needs will be met through other means—including the Internet.”

I think Barna was completely wrong! [Continue reading]

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“Artificial intelligence” and image of God
Don’t become a digital dinosaur
How to hook today’s Internet users
Introducing James Watkins 60.0
Taking Word to Worldwide Web


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Super—natural—computer

      How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me! (Psalm 139:17-18).

I always wondered how God could be thinking of over 7 billion people at the very same time. (Being eternal and not being bound by time may be part of the secret.) But then I read about a Chinese supercomputer that can perform 34 quadrillion calculations per second. If chips of silicon can do that, then God can easily be thinking about over 7 billion individual people every second of every day!


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on technology

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Albert Einstein

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. Andrew Brown

Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say. Jonathan Sacks

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. B. F. Skinner

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard

Technology is completely amoral. Humans, however, can use it for moral and immoral purposes. jnw

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.


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July 10, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim Watkins, and welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at last week’s tragic chapters in race relations. First, a feature article I wrote for Rescue magazine on the state of race relations. Then a look at various kinds of prejudice often seen in churches, a book excerpt on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “commandments” for cultural change, and my most popular cartoon on evil.

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.

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Race relations by the numbers

My memory of riding to Florida in the back of my grandfather’s Buick was the shock of seeing unpainted houses overflowing with poorly-dressed children, their bare feet painted red with Georgia clay. Growing up white in a white neighborhood and church, I stared at the foreign landscape and people outside the car window that seemed more National Geographic than LIFE Magazine. Black men, women, and children picked cotton under the unforgiving sun while white men sat in the shade of their pickup trucks.

But most troubling were the signs. When we stopped at one of the many Stuckey’s gas stations and souvenir shops, I was shocked by the “whites only” drinking fountains. Around back was a rusty spigot labeled “colored only” next to restrooms labeled “whites only” and “colored only.” Even as a second-grader, something deep inside me wretched at the idea of “us” and “them.” Me with my Keds sneakers heading to a Florida beach; them barefoot, slaving in a cotton field. Me, drinking from a sparkling fountain; them, their mouths under a dirty faucet. I feared what lurked behind the “colored only” restroom sign.

During my childhood, blacks began to organize and protest the “separate but equal” doctrine that had bred segregation in schools, businesses, and society in general. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that state laws establishing separate black and white schools was unconstitutional. During my grade school, civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and others used nonviolent protest to awaken America to the plight of blacks.

Fifty years since my eye-opening trip to another world, seismic changes have rocked the landscape. More and more people of color have appeared in films and television. They have taken up roles in education, medicine, and government. And the “colored only” signs are gone. The first black secretaries of state were appointed by George W. Bush: Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Previously, Powell was a four-star general serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while Rice served as special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and then national security advisor under George W. Bush.

We now have a bi-racial president (his father, born in Kenya, is black; his mother, born in Kansas, is white.). In the Obama administration, two black attorney generals have served, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, trade representative, and United Nations ambassador. In January 2009, Obama’s inauguration promised the fulfillment of America’s hope for racial equality.

But in the past seven years, America has added Ferguson, white privilege, and Black Lives Matter to our cultural dictionary. While the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 have changed people of color’s legal status, their social status has not fared as well. [Continue reading]


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Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced

Prejudice is not simply a “black and white” issue. There are many kinds of isolation between groups based on age or tastes, physical and mental challenges, levels of education, denominational doctrine, gender, politics and ideology, economics, as well as race and nationality.

We are all guilty of some form of prejudice—whether blatant or subtle. I have to admit I am extremely prejudiced against those who are prejudiced.

The essence of prejudice boils down to ignorance. [Continue reading]

More posts
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commandments for cultural change
Overcoming evil with good (James Watkins: Threat to society)


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on cultural change

In April 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. spelled out a radical strategy to change the culture of his time in his book, Why We Can’t Wait. Each participant in the Birmingham protests was required to abide by Dr. King’s “Ten Commandments.”

      1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.

      2. Remember always that the nonviolent movement in Birmingham seeks justice and reconciliation—not victory.

      3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love.

      4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free.

      5. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.

      6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.

      7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.

      8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.

      9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

      10. Follow the directions of the movement and of the captain on a demonstration.

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July 3, 2016

Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my online magazine. This week’s issue looks at keeping your dreams alive and how to respond when they apparently die.)

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.

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Keeping your dreams alive

Audio from conference keynote

We all have dreams, no matter what age: to be a firefighter, a princess, a parent, a successful businessperson, pastor of a “mega-church,” a retiree in Florida. But somewhere between the womb and the tomb, those dreams die.

The Old Testment’s Joseph had a dream to be a great leader with his parents and brothers bowing down before him. But before that dream could be realized, his jealous brothers had ripped up the seventeen-year old’s “coat of many colors,” thrown him into a cistern, and sold him to Egyptian slave traders.

Even sincere Christians with God-given dreams find themselves bruised and bloodied at the bottom of a pit. That seems to be the rule, rather than the exception. [Continue reading]


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When dreams die . . .

God promises Joseph that he will become a great leader—and he ends up enslaved and imprisoned in Egypt.

The prophet Elisha promises an infertile woman that she will bear a son—and the boy dies in her arms.

Jesus promises to bring a heavenly kingdom to earth—and then he and the promise are crucified and buried.

Is this disturbing pattern playing out in your life? You sense that God gives you a dream job—and months later you’re laid off. (It happened to me—twice!) God miraculously fulfills your dream of a child—and now she’s clinging to life in neo-natal intensive care. It seems God has brought the man of your dreams into your life—and now he’s killed in a traffic accident.

When our dreams die, a part of us dies as well! [Continue reading]


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Cartoon of the week

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Quips and quotations on dreams

What if I never dreamed, how would I know my God-given potential?
What if I was never rejected, how would I understand the preciousness of being accepted?
What if I never trusted in Jesus, how would I know of His great love for me and the freedom He offers and the joy He alone gives?
What if Jesus never lived as a man, how would He be able to understand all of my human hurts and struggles? But He did! Linda Meissner

God develops the dream where you are, not where you wish you were. Matthew Trexler

There are times when failure doesn’t mean that we’ve done anything wrong. It is simply that God’s time for success hasn’t yet come for us. God isn’t telling us to change the way we do things, but to wait on him—and in time to try again. There is a mystery to God’s timing that we can never fully understand, anymore than we know why one seed takes root and another doesn’t (Ecclesiastes 11:6). But one thing is certain: we’re often ready to abandon a dream long before giving up is justified. M. Blaine Smith

Most God-ordained dreams and desires die because we aren’t willing to do something that seems illogical or risky; we aren’t willing to circle the wall. I figure it’s better to fail at something than to excel at nothing. Tammy Darling

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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 June 2016

10. Voting for the lesser of two evils? There’s another option for Americans!

9. Who is the supreme super hero?

8. Cure for common cold: sex

7. Hope & Humor cartoons

6. Does DNA disprove evolution?

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

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

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

2. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian? (Just in time for U.S. Independence Day!)

And, the number one post for June 2016 . . .

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

(See right column for the latest posts.)

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