Top ten posts for 2018

January 1st, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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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 2018. (Number in parentheses, 2017 ranking.)

10. My bio sheet (15)

9. What must I do to inherit eternal life? (13)

8. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian? (6)

7. The Christmas Story in chronological order (8)

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

5. My statement on Dr. Dennis E. Hensley (–)

4. From bad to worse to . . . astonishing (4)

3. God is never late—but he sure is slow (3)

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

And, the number one post for the year . . .

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

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The 365 days of Christmas

December 31st, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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I thought I had seen mass hysteria before: the time “Weird Willy” Smith set off a can of tear gas in the high school cafeteria. Or the practical joker who yelled “Shark!” at the beach causing me and my rubber raft to be flattened by half-crazed swimmers.

But these pale in comparison to entering a department store the day after Christmas! As I approached the automotive section, I stepped into the main aisle to see what looked like the entire cast from Ben Hur stampeding my way.

Leading the pack charged a six-foot brute with a Marine tattoo strangling a pastel neck tie. He was followed by a crowd of probably quite normal people who, in the passion of the moment, had turned into a murderous mob storming the customer service counter.

The season of peace on earth, goodwill toward men was over for another year—carefully packed away with the strings of lights and artificial trees.

Nearly two thousand years ago, the peace and joy came after Christmas. [Continue reading]

Welcome to Hope and Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 24th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Ho! Ho! Ho! I’m Jim. I may not be Santa Claus or even your true love, but I do have Twelve Sites of Christmas!

Articles on everything from sects to sex. (Scroll down for latest.)

• A sleigh filled with free book excerpts including my latest The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, and Unpunished Evil

• Naughty and nice cartoons

• Free holiday comedy/drama scripts

Jim Talks: Like “Ted Talks” only hollier and jollier

• And from my workshop(s), writers’ resources

So, thanks for stopping by during this busy time. If you enjoy your visit, please sign up for my monthly email. And please share on your social networks.

Have a very meaningful Christmas!
encouragement, entertainment, James Watkins

Hope in a hand basket

December 24th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


It’s so easy to believe “the world is going to hell in a hand basket.” Just click on your favorite news site for the evidence du jour!

But before you throw your hands up in despair, keep in mind that Christianity flourished during the Roman occupation of Palestine under leaders such as Nero. The Romans would make our culture look like a Sunday school picnic.

Jesus brought hope to that despairing world . . . and brings hope to ours! [Continue reading]

A Very Twitter Christmas

December 17th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


What would happen if the Christmas story was told in just 140 characters? (I stay up nights wrestling with these types of questions so you don’t have to. You’re welcome!) [Continue reading]

Find more hope and ho! ho! ho! at my Twelve Sites of Christmas.


While most people thrive on the holiday hustle and bustle of parties, crowded malls and family gatherings, we introverts would rather hide away with easy-listening Christmas music in the glow of a tree—alone.

It’s not that we’re the incarnation of The Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge or Henry Potter all rolled into one big “Humbug.” It’s not that we hate Christmas and all the Whos in Whoville. It’s simply that the holiday activities tend to suck us as dry as a year-old fruit cake. Extroverts—the ones singing “Santa Baby” at the office Christmas party—charge their emotional batteries by being with people. We introverts recharge by being alone.

So, how can introverts survive the holiday drain? [Continue reading]

We wish you a merry funeral

December 3rd, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)


No, I did not add too much rum to my fruitcake. And, no, I’ve not been drinking adult-strength eggnog.

When my dad died just after Thanksgiving of 2008, I thought, How tragic that a loved one would die during the Christmas season.

However, the Christmas season is a meaningful time for a funeral. There is something very profound about death during the season of light and life. So, I recently shared this holiday truth at a service for a family friend. [Continue reading]

Not feeling thankful?

November 19th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Have you had one of those years where you’re dreading Thanksgiving? Do you feel you have nothing for which to give thanks? Does the holiday just emphasize your losses? I’ve been there!

So, here is a table overflowing with hope and humor to fill you up with 60 reasons to give hope. Plus, get stuffed with Turkey Trivia and Thanksgiving cartoons. [Continue to the Thanksgiving issue]

Wishing you a grateful Thanksgiving!

My life as a human tether ball

November 12th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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Gone are school playgrounds covered in knee-scraping asphalt, bludgeoning swing seats and “head injuries on a stick,” better known as tether ball.

For those unfamiliar with this violent game, a volleyball is hung from a tall metal pole with a rope (tether). The players on opposite sides of the pole try to hit the ball—one clockwise, one counterclockwise—until one player winds the ball all the way around the pole so that it is stopped by the rope. A steel pole. A heavy ball flying directly at the contestants’ faces. What possibly could go wrong?!

Maybe you, too, have felt like life is punching 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 with health crises, financial hardships, relationship problems, etc. etc. There is hope. [Continue reading]

Pray, vote, trust

November 5th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


I’m not sure what I hate most: the commercials for hemorrhoids, feminine itching and ED cures or the divisive political commercials. If you believe all the negative ads, you’ll believe no one on the ballot is worthy of election. (I’d prefer that annoying Phillips lady to most candidates.)

A new study by Michigan State University notes: Far From United: Political Divide In America The Worst It’s Ever Been. Researcher and author, Zachary Neal, writes:

      What I’ve found is that polarization has been steadily getting worse since the early 1970s. Today, we’ve hit the ceiling on polarization. At these levels, it will be difficult to make any progress on social or economic policies.

So, here are a few of my favorite non-partisan, a-political posts and newspaper columns that address this new un-civil war:

God is on our side! And theirs?

WWJE? Who would Jesus elect?

Will God’s purpose be accomplished on election day?

The Un-Tied States of America

Your vote is important, so get out and vote! I’m Jim Watkins, and I approve this message.