Lent, not to be confused with that stuff in the dryer filter, is a time of spiritual preparation for Easter. It includes the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. So, here’s some hope and humor for Christian “preppers.”

Forty days of hope and humor
Top ten things I’m giving up for Lent (4. Golf pants)
When praises turn to ash
Forty days of imitating Christ Devotions from my 2016 book, The Imitation of Christ
Easter cartoons
Easter eggs-pose’
Easter quips and quotations
Chocolate bunnies are good for you!

Looking for Jesus
Action-figure Jesus
The Easter story in chronological order
Knowing who we are One of Christ’s last acts revealed who he was
They just don’t make crosses like they used to

He is risen!
“It is finished!” was announced before Christ’s resurrection
When “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Comin'” just isn’t enough

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Love, marriage, sex issue

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


Welcome to my annual salute to love, marriage and sex. If you’re single, dating, engaged, married, divorced, widowed or “it’s complicated,” there’s something for you! Enjoy.

Many of the posts below are from my books on love and sexuality, including The Why Files: When Can I Start Dating?. And check out my cartoons on love.

Love
Falling in love—and getting back up
“There must be a higher love”
Looking for love in all the right places
Men and women are different!
Men are dirt
No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships
Breaking up without breaking down

Marriage
Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship
Top ten reasons I’m not divorcing my wife
Top ten secrets to staying married

Sex
A case for polygamy?!
Can I become a virgin again?
“Coming Out” My sexual identity crisis
Cure for common cold: sex
Fifty Shades of Beige “Reel” sex is never as good as real sex
Guy’s guide to cars . . . and sex
The hidden habit: masturbation
Sexual identity issue Excerpts from my books on sexuality as well as recent posts for LGBTQs and straights
Three secrets to XXX-ceptional sex
Top ten turn-ons for women
Why are guys such boobs about breasts?

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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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A busy week with “Boxing Day,” gearing up for a brand new year and that annoying song about leaping lords milking a partridge in a pear tree which drags through January 6. Here some of my favorite New Year columns and cartoons:

The 365 Days of Christmas
Here’s how to stretch out the holiday well beyond “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

My annual predictions for the New Year
My annual predictions for the New Year have been 99 percent accurate for the past 20 years. I know, it’s kind of scary!

God has a plan for the new year
Yep! He has a plan for your relationships, schedule, location and more for the new year as evidenced in the Christmas story. He’s more organized and in control than the best party planner!

Keeping those resolutions
From the award-winning The Why Files series, here’s hope and help for “Breaking Habits Before They Break You.” You can develop new habits in the new year.

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More than lighted balls drop on New Year’s Eve
Time Square’s lighted ball gets all the press, but other cities across America drop all kinds of things at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Some very strange things!

Have a God-directed New Year!

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Top ten posts for 2017

December 25th, 2017 | 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 2017.

10. Coming out: my sexual identity crisis

9. The hidden habit: masturbation

8. The Christmas Story in chronological order

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

6. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

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

4. From bad to worse to . . . astonishing

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

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

And, the number one post for the fourth year in a row . . .

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

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