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Hope and humor

Characters: Comedies and Dramas
Communicate to Change Lives
The Imitation of Christ: 90 Devotions in Modern English
Jesus: His Life and Lessons
God, I Don’t Understand: Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpunished Evil
Squeezing Good Out of Bad
Why? Questions and Wise Quotations
The Why Files: Are there really ghosts?
The Why Files: Is there really life after death?
The Why Files: When can I start dating?
Writing with Banana Peels: Principles, Practices, and Pratfalls of Writing with Humor

Dealing with death and grief
Do those who commit suicide go to heaven?
Help for suicidal thoughts

Becoming like little children
“The beginning and the end” . . . and middle
Beyond “McPrayer”
Can we really do “everything”?
Does God make prank “calls”?
Finding still waters in the storm: The Book of Joe
From bad to worse to . . . astonishing
God’s “Force” never sleeps
God has a plan for your life
God is never late—but he sure is slow
God rejoices over you
God spent day of rest in Corn Borer, Indiana
Having the last laugh
Holy Ghost: What he is . . . and isn’t
Holy hardships!
How to decide what’s right or wrong for you
How to move a mountain
How to walk on water
“I like big buts”
“In this world you will have trouble”
“It is finished”?!
It’s only temporary
It’s Sunday, but Jesus is comin’
Knowing who we are
Living in the “gap”
The Lord Is My IT Guy
Mini miracles
“My God, why have you abandoned me?
My life as a human tether ball
Our work in God’s work
Over-the-top victors
Perfect love . . . for imperfect people
“Pressed . . . but not crushed
“Quit praying and get moving!”
Riding the tides of life
Top ten things almost as good as sex
Waiting is hard work
When dreams die
When faithful question faith
Why we do what we do
You can take it with you
Your life as a “comedy”

Health and humor
Charles Spurgeon’s struggle with depression
Help for suicidal thoughts
Emotions real, but not reality
Hope for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease
Mood-altering hugs
The real “female Viagra”
Weighty issues: My favorite diet columns
You may depressed if . . .

Administrative Pros Day
Father’s Day
May Day
More than lighted balls drop on New Year’s Eve
Mother’s Day
New Years Day: Don’t look back!
Star Wars Day
The Twelve Sites of Christmas
Valentine’s Day

Are you listening to Goliath or God?
Christ’s career path: obscurity, popularity, animosity
“Don’t be afraid”
Don’t look back!
Feeling inadequate, ill-equipped, in the dark?
Fifty praises between bed and bathroom
Finely-aged believers
God has plan for New Year
God is such a drama king
Good news about “bad” news
Hope in a hand basket
I’m a giant killer! [Print and audio]
“I’m a mess. You’re a mess.” [Print and podcast]
I’m giving up fear for Lent
Is it a hangnail or hand grenade?
“It Is Well with My Soul” The rest of the stories
Keeping your dreams alive
The Lord is my IT Guy
Perfect love . . . for imperfect people
“Pressed . . . but not crushed”
Soaring with eagles, walking with emus [Audio]
“There is no peace on earth”
Turn your “shaft” into a mine

When you don’t “succeed”

The majority of my posts and book excerpts are laced with humor, but here are some that are simply silly:
Hope and humor cartoons
Mr. Rogers has “Terrible day in neighborhood”
That is so cliche . . .
Top ten lists
Top ten wishes for my 50th birthday
The truth about urban legends
The Twitter Bible
Watkins’ New World Church Dictionary
World’s wackiest battle briefing (Gideon)

Life hacks
Back to school supplies (12 posts on education)
Be the human, not the hamster
Can high tech life lead to low touch life?
Don’t get distracted by the urgent
Do you have the “worst” job in America?
Don’t get distracted by the urgent
Hope for a balanced life
Laziness is a virtue
Managing your time . . . and sanity
Seven things I’ve learned from “Freecell”
Sure beats a kidney stone
Top ten things I want my kids, grandkids to remember
Top ten things you won’t hear at commencement
True colors shining through
What Ididn’t learn in kindergarten
You can fix anything with duct tape

Breaking up without breaking down
Falling in love—and getting back up
Looking for love in all the right places
Men and women are different!
No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships
Perfect love . . . for imperfect people

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

Faith of Our Mothers
I’m going to be a G-Daddy
The papoose-driven life
My real job: Dad
Son of a saint: when godly parents have not-so-godly children
“Spray paint” parenting
Talkng to your kids about S-E-X
Top ten things I want my kids, grandkids to remember
Top ten things my dad taught me
Top ten things my mom taught me
You may be a parent if . . .

Pastoral resources
A case for women in ministry
You Can’t Love Christ and Hate His Church”
Considering a post-pastorate career
“Cyber church” has bats in belfry
Dealing with church conflict
Do you really want a “biblical” church?
Finding still water in the storm: The Book of Joe
Top ten list: When you’re voted out
Top ten signs your church may be prejudiced
The Watkins New World Church Dictionary
Wounded shepherd: When is it time to leave the flock?

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
Fifty Shades of Grace
Guy’s guide to cars . . . and sex
The hidden habit: masturbation
Three secrets to XXX-ceptional sex
Top ten turn-ons for women
Why are guys such boobs about breasts?

Spiritual issues
2,000-year-old “social network”
A case for women in ministry
Are natural disasters “acts of God”?
Can we have a “personal relationship” with Christ?
“The church is a whore . . .”
Coincidence or “God-incidence”?
Dealing with church conflict
Demons: Possession or obsession?
Did duct-taped recliner save our lives?
Genuine Jesus or Counterfeit Christ?
God as “comedy” writer
God hates
God’s will is not lost: for those trying to find it
Healing: Faith or fake?
Jesus, ADD and me
Jesus on “prosperity gospel”
Martin Luther King, Jr’s ten commandments for cultural change
Ouija: It’s not just a game
Should Christians celebrate Halloween?
Should Christians get caught up in “rapture”?
Speaking with truth and grace
Taking the Lord’s name in jest
Ten Commandments broken in many ways
Top ten things I (Jim) would do if I were God
What do Protestants and Catholics share in common?
What does the Bible really say?
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?
What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12?
Who is supreme superhero?
Why are some people bent out of shape by homosexual behavior?
The world’s great sin (It’s probably not what you think)
You want me to pray for whom?!

Writers’ resources
Hope and humor for writers (A whole ream of posts!)

Heavy topics, light touch

I wrote a newspaper column for three papers for 15 years and addressed:
9-11: In remembrance (Numerous posts)
Abortion: Is it a life or a choice?
Ancient prophet warns of conspiracy theories
Are Islam, Christianity “peaceful” religions?
Are there really ghosts?
Are you absolutely sure there are no absolutes?
Artificial intelligence and the image of God
Candidates need to follow “Yellow Brick Road”
Capital punishment: serious questions
Dealing with school shootings
Defining words, defining morality
The “democratization” of the media
Does DNA disprove evolution
Euthanasia and “dying with dignity”
Gun control advocates naive
Hard times for “hard news”
Hope for cultural change
Is it 1984 in America?
My plan to eliminate taxes
NASA announces Mars mission The cost in perspective
“Peace on earth” in pieces
Pro-life from womb to tomb
Race relations by the numbers
Running new “pledge” up the “flag” pole
Rx for gun control
To angry voters
Taking the terror out of terrorism
Top ten ways to reduce national debt
‘Twas the Night Before Voting
The Un-Tied States of America
Vampires, werewolves real!
Verify! Verify! Verify!
We are strong! We will survive! (9-17-01)
Were founding fathers Christian?
When is war “just”?

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