The State of the Dis-union

January 30th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Each January, the president of the United States presents the “State of the Union” speech, which this year raises the questions “Are they truly ‘united’ states?” and “Are American citizens in a ‘state’ of ‘union.’

No and no.

Commentators, pundits and leaders are searching for reasons to explain the deep racial, gender, ideological and political divides.

I blame the Internet. Let me explain before I cause even more disunity! [Continue reading]

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Have you ever noticed that the harder you pray, the worse things get? It seems to be a biblical pattern! For instance, take the story of Jairus’ daughter. Here’s how it seems to play out [Continue reading]

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On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 National Right to Life Day. I wish the day wasn’t limited to simply the unborn. So, here are my favorite columns on several right-to-life issues:

Capital punishment: serious questions

Ethuanasia and “dying with dignity”

Is it a life or a choice?

Pro-life from womb to tomb

I’m grateful my mom was “pro-life.” I hope my children will be!

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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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