Author Archives: jameswatkins

About jameswatkins

Author and speaker

Come to virus-free writer’s conference with me

March 23rd, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Well, I should have been flying off to the Blue Lake Christian Writers’ Retreat this week, but the coronavirus has closed down the retreat center, so here are some CVID-19-free videos and audio from my favorite keynotes, so you can enjoy a safe mini-conference without the fear of quarantine. (The retreat is being rescheduled for …
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Intimacy with Christ: Beyond Information and Involvement

March 20th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Most churches are great at sharing information about Christ and many are fairly good at providing opportunities for involvement for Christ. But according to Willow Creek Association network of thousands of churches, “63 percent of the most active and committed church members are so discouraged with church and its ability to support their faith that …
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Happy real St. Patrick’s Day!

March 9th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Saint Patrick was actually a Brit, never drove snakes out of Ireland and was a real saint! On the classic sit-com How I Met Your Mother, Barry Stinson urges his friends, “Come on! Let’s drink green beer. Let’s do green Jello shots. Where is your Saint Patrick’s Day spirit?” However, Saint Patrick himself, who was …
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Happy International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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 …
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When praises turn to ashes

February 24th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Many churches burn the branches from Palm Sunday of the previous year to use for the current year’s Ash Wednesday. (Ash Wednesday initiates Lent, which is a time of preparation for Easter.) Do you ever feel your praises have turned to ashes? Once you were shouting “Hallelujah” for his blessings in your life and now …
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Hi, I’m Jim. I have clinical depression.

February 16th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

That probably comes as a shock to those who know me only as a humor writer and motivational speaker. But it’s true. And I’m not alone. One in four suffer with this dark cloud of despair. You can watch my encouraging story of overcoming clinical depression here or read the text version. And here are …
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Love, marriage, sex issue

February 10th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s time again for my favorite posts, cartoons and videos on one of my favorite subjects! First, my five-year-old nephew shares his thoughts about love on this video: Then click for over 20 of my favorite posts on love, marriage and sex. Finally, a brand new video: Finding Real, Lasting Love Have a wonderful Valentine’s …
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Walking on Water

February 3rd, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

One of the things I loved best about my uncle’s lakeside property was strolling out on the dock, off the end of the diving board and continuing to walk across the water. I would stroll out to the middle of Graham Lake, then turn and look back at the shore hundreds of feet away. It …
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Feeling inadequate, ill-equipped, in the dark?

January 27th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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, …
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‘We are all one in Christ Jesus’

January 20th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Nearly 2,000 years ago, 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 this MLK Day, here are some of my favorite columns that explore equality: • Am I a “feminist”? Yes and no! Gender equality …
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