Category Archives: James R. Coggins

He Who Has Helped Thee Hitherto by James R. Coggins

Years ago, my wife Jackie and I were moving 3,000 miles away to the east so I could return to school and embark on a new career. The small church that we attended gave us a loving send-off, a gift … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Am Not a Charismatic Christian by James R. Coggins

I have been asked if I am a charismatic Christian. The answer is no, it is too hard. Oh, I have no problem believing in the miraculous. I believe the Bible, and I know God can and does heal people … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Last Words by James R. Coggins

Good writers work very hard to craft interest-grabbing opening sentences to their books. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens wrote as the opening for A Tale of Two Cities. I think it … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Manifesto for Christian Writers

I have sometimes considered Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 to be “a manifesto for Christian writers.” Verses 9-11 (from the New International Version) describe what a writer should do: • “The Teacher [was] wise.” This is the first qualification of a writer. It … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aspirations

Today, instead of more words from me, I offer for your consideration a simple image and a short quotation from a great writer. “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Human Work

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 is a passage about human work, human responsibility, and God’s providence. From the creation of Adam, the first man, God commanded human beings to work. Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 offers advice on how to go about this. Following are the … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mysteries by James R. Coggins

Having read hundreds of murder mysteries, good, mediocre, and terrible, (and even having scribbled a few myself), I’ve come to a startling conclusion: People read murder mysteries for the mystery. It’s the mental puzzle that attracts. Readers want to see … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Weeds

A Conversation Hello, pastor. Thanks for stopping by. Pastors don’t seem to visit much anymore. Guess they’re off doing something more important. I hope you don’t mind if I keep on weeding while we talk. I find if I don’t … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Buy Essay and Get Time for Pleasures of Life

Recently, I received a bevy of emails on a new topic. Since my email address is on my website, I receive quite a few unsolicited emails. Apparently my address is harvested by robots and sold to marketing companies, many of … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Plotters and Pantsers

A Christian novelists group I belong to recently had a discussion about how to write a novel—which essentially boiled down to a debate between plotters and pantsers. Plotters outline the full book before starting to write. Pantsers write “by the … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Keeping Busy during COVID-19 by James R. Coggins

The lockdown due to COVID-19 has given me a wonderful opportunity to slow down and pay more attention to the world around me. Here is what I have observed.  1. It has rained the last seven weekends and ten of … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

After The Plague

Cataclysmic historical events are often followed by massive social changes. The effects of such events are complex, varied, and unpredictable. As well, these effects interact with the effects of a host of other events and developments, so that the direct … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Replacement Policy

“What do you mean my coverage has been denied?” “I’m sorry, Mr. Grey. It’s company policy. This is the third total replacement claim you have made in—what?—a year.” “Well…” “Precisely. The company can’t keep covering these losses.” “But I need … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Of Better Homes and Gardens

It was a great relief to realize that out fears were unfounded. Having newly acquired a house—and with it yard responsibilities—my wife and I were apprehensive that we might not be able to keep our lawn and garden in the … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Blowin’ in the Wind

I am a baby boomer. I was a teenager in the 1960s and in university in the first half of the 1970s. It was the era of the sexual revolution, the youth movement, the civil rights movement, the drug culture, … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , | 5 Comments