A TV evangelist and “prosperity gospel” proponent is facing federal charges for claiming his family’s $1.5 million condo, along with a fleet of luxury cars (three BMWs, two Ferraris, and a Maserati), $228,000 in clothing purchases as well as $140,000 in meals and other entertainment were all business expenses. It’s time these so-called ministers are held accountable by the people they were called to serve. [Continue reading]


Less than 24 hours after a granite monument of the Ten Commandments was placed on the Arkansas Capitol grounds, a man detroyed it by plowing his car into it. Here are my thoughts from a newspaper column from 2003 when another Ten Commandments monument again made news: [Continue reading]


Death by text

June 17th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Twenty-year-old Michelle Carter has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for repeatedly telling her boyfriend via text messages to kill himself. ““You just need to do it,” she told 18-year-old Conrad Roy, who apparently had second thoughts about ending his life by carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck. “You keep pushing it off and you say you’ll do it but u never do.”

This is so tragic on so many levels! For posts about depression, suicide and other mental health issues, click here.

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Whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of all people, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that only those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord . . .

I’m proposing a “Dependence Day.” Read more.


Happy Dad’s Day!

June 12th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here are my favorite columns and cartoons for dads and granddads.

Have a great day!

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June 12th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Ever since Pebbles and Bam Bam graduated from Bedrock High, commencement speakers have been telling the crowd of cap and gowns to work for world peace, follow its dreams, and always wear clean underwear in case of an accident.

So cue “Pomp and Happenstance,” here are the Top ten things you won’t hear at the commencements—but should, plus much more. Read more


Shock. Anger. Disbelief. These are just a few of the emotions overwhelming victims of the London as well as Manchester terrorist attacks. My great-grandparents came from London, so it hit me especially hard.

Here are some resources I hope will be helpful in responding to such tragedies.

Dealing with death and grief
“bin Laden, kiss my pass!” (September 10, 2003)
Talking to your children about terrorism

Hope amid horror (September 11, 2006)
What motivates terrorists?
Taking the terror out of terrorism

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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