Hope and Humor ‘zine: 20th-anniversary issue

April 1st, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

Welcome to my 20th-anniversary issue! Since I launched on April 12, 1997—which in Internet years was 20,000 years ago—it’s been a honor to welcome over 7 million guests from 120 countries with articles, book excerpts, cartoons, humor columns and videos. (Above, the original banner.)

Here are the top ten posts over the years:

1. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

This post has consistently ranked one or two during the past 10 years—and has sparked passionate comments. Both revisionists and the religious right have tried to make the Founding Fathers fit their ideology, but here they are in their own words. You may be surprised! [Continue reading]

2. Hope and help for suicidal thoughts

I am both sad that so many felt the need to click this excerpt from The Why Files and so glad to be here for those in their darkest hour.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are major mental health crises, so I have tried to be transparent about my own struggles in these areas. [Continue reading]

3. It is well with my soul: the rest of the stories

This popular hymn’s back stories also proved popular. While it may have been well with their souls, it was not with the writer’s and composer’s tragic lives. [Continue reading]

4. A case for women in ministry

I was glad to see this post, which originally appeared in Rev. magazine, rank so high. I’m married to an ordained woman who did a wonderful job pastoring a growing church and is now a chaplain of a hospital. Here’s a biblical case for what she and millions of women are doing. [Continue reading]

A newer post—which has consistently made the top five list in recent years—asks, What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12?

5. Top 10 reasons I’m not divorcing my wife

This popular post provides a whole legal binder of medical and university studies showing why divorce is not healthy mentally, emotionally or even physically. Before you consider divorce, please, consider these 10 important research findings. [Continue reading]

But wait, there’s more!

And rounding out the top ten . . .

6. Encouraging quips and quotations

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

8. Dealing with death and grief

9. The hidden habit: masturbation

10. Ancient prophet warns of conspiracy theories

The many faces of jameswatkins.com

I’ve had a few designs and taglines over the past 20 years, but I think “Hope and Humor” sums up what I’ve been doing all my life—and hope to be doing until I move to my final “domain.”

I do hope and pray that I’ve been your cheerleader over the years and that you’ll recommed my site to your family and friends. (And, just to be clear, that is not me with the pom poms.)

Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
Lives matter issue (01.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (01.1.17)

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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