James Watkins, hope and humor
Hi, I’m Jim. Think of me as your online cheerleader. Or maybe not, but I do offer more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a pom pom at. Rah! Rah! I’m also an . . .


I’m an author of twenty books and over 2,000 articles (Everything from sects to sex). You can read free articles and humor columns—a bargain at twice the price—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parenting, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. Plus, snarky cartoons and free comedy/drama sketches. What a deal! Scroll down for my latest posts.


I’m passionate about bringing hope and humor to my audiences—as well as teaching others to do so—through conferences and seminars across the U.S. and overseas. I’ve taught and keynoted at more than 100 conferences, I’ve lectured at Liberty, Regent and many other universities, as well as spoken in hundreds of churches from a variety of denominations. I’d love to speak at your event or convenience store grand opening.

Listen to full hope and humor-filled keynote talks and seminars, as well as find a list of my topics and schedule.)


Most of all, I love God, my family (one wife, two adult children, one daughter-in-love and five adorable grandchildren), writing/speaking, and Chinese food—in that order. I’d love to share how to know God’s love. And if you share my love for writing, please visit Hope and humor for writers.

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Why we do what we do

July 20th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Some days, we just have to sit down and remember the reason why we’re in ministry whether it’s the traditional “minister” or writer, speaker, teacher, health care worker, social worker or [fill in the blank].

Here are some reminders to provide inspiration and motivation. [Continue reading]


The author of The Message paraphrase of the Bible is taking heat on his recent flip-flopping on same-sex marriage. Here’s a round up of my columns on LGBTQ issues.

I want to be biblical as well as compassionate for those struggling with sexual identity issues. The bottom line—at least for me—is that God is more concerned about obedience than orientation. “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). [Read more]


Resourcing writers . . .

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

writing resources
I’m looking forward to speaking at three conferences where writers can get educated, be encouraged and engage with professional agents, editors and writers.

Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference July 13-15, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Taylor University’s Professional Writing Conference, August 4-5, 2017, Upland, Indiana

Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference, September 28-30, 2017, Muskegon, Michigan

And if you can’t attend a physical conference, enjoy my virtual writers’ conference:

Hope and humor for writers A whole ream of resources


I’m babysitting hamsters, “Fluffy” and “Snuggly,” while my granddaughters are on vacation. Fluffy will get on her wheel, run as fast as her tiny legs will propel her, then suddenly stop, stand up on her back legs and look around confused, as if to say, “After all that running, why am I still where I started?!” Repeat . . . repeatedly!

Unfortunately, humans sometimes have that look after running hard after a goal.

Make sure your efforts are accomplishing something. Yes, set goals, but at the end of the day (week, month or year), determine if your current efforts are moving you in that direction. If not, stop running. Evaluate your efforts. Determine a different course. Be the human. Not the hamster.

Related sites:
Finding life’s direction issue (Five posts)

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Most days, I’m successful in navigating the emotional mines floating in my life with prayer, persistence and Prozac. I can’t deny the feelings, but I can also refuse to deify them. They are not my God, but bio-chemicals, sub-conscious reactions or, perhaps, the pizza I ate before bed. So, I find myself paraphrasing Civil War Admiral Farragut’s order as his 18-ship fleet sailed into the heavily-mined port of New Orleans: “Damn the emotions! Full speed ahead!” [Continue reading]


True or False: The Founding Fathers of the United States were Christians who formed a government based on godly principles.

Well, the answer is a bit more complex than simply true or false. The “revisionist left” would like to make them secular and the “religious right” would like to make them saintly. Let’s take a look at some of the more prominent Founding Fathers’ beliefs . . . in their own words. [Continue reading]

And have a great and safe Independence Day!

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