Best-selling author and professing Christian Jen Hatmaker is stirring controversy with her recent podcast in which she celebrates her 20-year-old daughter’s identity as gay. In the podcast, Hatmaker says, “I’m so glad you’re gay. I’m so glad you’re free. I’m so glad this is how you were made. I’m thrilled about your future. I already …
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My memories of riding to Florida in the back of my grandfather’s Buick included the shock of seeing unpainted houses overflowing with poorly-dressed children, their bare feet painted red with Georgia clay. Growing up white in a segregated neighborhood and church, I stared at the foreign landscape and people outside the car window that seemed …
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True or False: The Founding Fathers of the United States were Christians who formed a government based on godly principles. Well, the answer is a bit more complex than simply true or false. The “revisionist left” would like to make them secular and the “religious right” would like to make them saintly. Let’s take a …
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Prejudice is not simply a “black and white” issue. There are many kinds of isolation between groups based on age or tastes, physical and mental challenges, levels of education, denominational doctrine, gender, politics and ideology, economics, as well as race and nationality. While I wrote this post for my newspaper column twenty years ago, the …
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Happy Father’s Day!

June 16th, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here are some of my favorite columns and cartoons for dads and granddads: Becoming like little children I may be an “adult,” but I’m still just a big kid! Cartoons on parenthood I’m going to be a G-Daddy! Of course we were thrilled when we learned we were going to be grandparents, but I wasn’t …
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I am so missing seeing my fellow writers at conferences this summer, but I am looking forward to two virtual conferences coming to your laptop or mobile device! (You’ll get great instruction and inspiration without travel hassles, sleeping in a strange bed, or having to wear pants!) Cedar Falls Christian Writers’ Workshop June 10-12, 2020 …
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Presenting—without camera tricks or video effects—the amazing magic of The Great Watkinso! We all need a break from heavy hope, to some light humor! Enjoy! And if you found it humorous, please share it on your social networks. Thanks!

Welcome summer!

June 1st, 2020 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s a beautiful day in Corn Borer, Indiana, so a great time to just laze in the hammock and recycle some old columns on: • Vacations are not a vacation if . . . • Traveling the world on one tank of gas • Top ten clues a man should wear a shirt in summer …
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I am furious—and brokenhearted—after receiving this comment on my website: White. Christians. Not. Only. Support. Trump. They. Support. White. Police. Murdering. Unarmed. Black. Men. Christanity. Is. White. Supremacy. georgexxxxxx@gmail.com I’m not furious at the comment. I’m furious that this is the perception some so-called “Christians” encourage. And I’m brokenhearted for this brother who has obviously …
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Next Sunday is Pentecost, so it’s a good time to remember, the church may not be perfect, but it is worthy of our support. Jesus called it his bride and body! So, here are some biblical reasons to “not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25). But wait! …
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