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April 4, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Five years earlier, the civil rights leader 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.

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In defense of Martha

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Martha receives undeserved criticism from preachers expounding on the account of Jesus’ visit to the home she shared with her sister, Mary, and brother, Lazarus! Here’s how it’s recorded in The New Living Amplified Paraphrased King James Watkins Version

      “Mary! Mary! I need some help in the kitchen!” Martha glared at her sister who was sitting in the living room with their guest.

      “In a minute,” Mary said, without moving.

      Martha glanced at her “To Do” list which was artistically penned on home-made paper with ink made from crushed cultivated grapes.

          ☐ Trim myrtle shrubs into the shape of the twelve disciples.

          ☐ Make 100 percent organic Jell-O from cow hooves.

          ☐ Carve wooden bowl in shape of the sea of Galilee. Float matzah balls shaped like fishing boats in the soup.

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Happy Easter!

April 1st, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Happy Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Click for a whole Easter basket of cartoons and columns.

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Hope, humor, Holy week

March 25th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Jesus: His Life and Lessons
It’s Easter week, so here’s the Easter story in chronological order: divided into seven sections so you can read a portion each day of the week:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Good Friday
Saturday
Easter Sunday
[From Jesus: His Life and Lessons]

And here are my favorite Easter posts:

General
Easter cartoons
Easter eggs-pose’
Easter quips and quotations
Chocolate bunnies are good for you!

Palm Sunday
When praises turn to ash

Maundy Thursday
Knowing who we are One of Christ’s last acts revealed who he was

Good Friday
“It is finished!” was announced before Christ’s resurrection
They just don’t make crosses like they used to

Resurrection Sunday
Action-figure Jesus
When “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Comin'” just isn’t enough

Have a very meaningful week!

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I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category:


I love the story of Gideon: not the guy who keeps leaving his Bible in hotel rooms, but the Jewish judge who describes himself as “the least in my entire family.” God has called Gideon to liberate the Israelis from the cruel oppression of the Midianites. But to defeat the enemy of over 100,000 troops, God provides him with just 300 men. (Nope, I didn’t leave out any zeroes. That’s 100,000 v. 300!) And they’re probably the guys who get picked last in pick up games.

Totally inadequate?

God seems to delight when we feel totally inadequate. [Continue reading]

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My mother is a woman. My wife is a woman. My daughter is a woman. (See pic.) And I have three adorable granddaughters. So, a hearty happy International Women’s Day! Here are some of my favorite posts about women:

Am I a “feminist”?

A case for women in ministry

Daughter is one tough mother

Men and women are different from the neck up

No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships

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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]

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3 Ds of faith

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


Lois and I recently had a financial setback, which immediately sent me into full-blown crisis mode. Unfortunately, there’s a familiar pattern to my faith crises.

Doubt

I wish there was a more flattering word for it, but for about a week, I doubted that God had a plan and that he was already working for the good (Romans 8:28) to provide for us. It was up to me to keep us from living in a cardboard box! So, I frantically brainstormed ways to cut expenses and generate more income: sell my books on the street corner, pawn my guitars, and give up dark chocolate. [Continue reading]

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Celebrating Black History Month

February 26th, 2018 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Black History Month
To quote the early rap group, DCTalk, we’re all “Colored People.” So, I hope no matter what color you are, you’ll enjoy some of my favorite columns for Black History Month:

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 An award-winning cover story I wrote after a summer of racial unrest and violence

Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced

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