Category Archives: James R. Coggins

A Darkness More Than Night

“You don’t go into the darkness without the darkness going into you,” Michael Connelly says in his novel, A Darkness More Than Night. It is one of the very interesting and highly successful murder mysteries Connelly has written. In this … Continue reading

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

Drummers Drumming

When my daughters were teenagers and began to bring home young men, I would attempt to engage them in conversation. One day, the conversation gravitated toward music. “Are you a musician?” I asked one prospect. Yeah,” he replied. “I’m a … Continue reading

Posted in James R. Coggins | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Who Were the Wise Men, and Why Did They Go to Bethlehem?

Matthew 2:1-12 tells the familiar story of the “wise men” coming to worship the baby Jesus. The story forms part of Christmas celebrations every year all over the world. In fact, in traditional church calendars, the wise men have their … Continue reading

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

Christmas Belief

It is the season when everyone in the movies and on television talks about believing—but what they really mean is pretending. Belief is about committing yourself to someone or something. Pretending is about playing games and living in a fantasy … Continue reading

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

Finding Our Calling

I have a young grandson who is having trouble deciding what he wants to be when he grows up. He keeps encountering new occupations and changing his mind. When he started school, he decided he wanted to be a principal. … Continue reading

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

Away from the Puck

He is a young, professional hockey player, highly valued for his ability to score goals. For this reason, he has the potential to have a long and successful career as a professional athlete. He can be a star. But this … Continue reading

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

Living for God in a Pagan Society: What Daniel Can Teach Us

Do you ever feel confused or disappointed with what is going on in the world? Do you feel helpless before unwelcome trends in society? Do you feel pressured and isolated by what seems to be a pagan, God-defying culture all … Continue reading

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

Handling Criticism by James R. Coggins

Anyone with a public profile, including writers, inevitably receives criticism from to time. How do we handle it? I know criticism bothers some people greatly, but I have never had a great problem with it. Some of this has to … Continue reading

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

Fortune Cookies

Have you ever experienced opening a fortune cookie and finding a message that seemed very appropriate to your situation? A while back, I was in a Chinese restaurant. My dinner companion ate three fortune cookies and found three messages: • … Continue reading

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

It Was a Dark and Stormy Conversation

(A Short Story) “Harder was climbing out of a deep, dark well toward a distant, insistent ringing when his hand slipped under the pillow for his snub-nose 38 and he blasted the alarm clock, which was a replacement for the … Continue reading

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

Advice to a First Year University Student

The universities from which I graduated often ask me for things (mostly money). One, a secular, government-run institution, recently asked me to contribute a short note of encouragement and advice to a first year student. I agreed. And then I … Continue reading

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

The Best Is Yet to Be

Over a quarter of a century ago, I was working as an associate editor for a denominational church magazine. The denomination decided to move me from central Canada to Canada’s most western province, British Columbia, so I could connect with … Continue reading

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

Al Buchholtz

Al Bucholtz called me this morning. At five a.m. He said he was Al Bucholtz, he was 82 and he had had a stroke. Interesting information, but I wasn’t sure why he was telling me all this. He said he … Continue reading

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

Letting Go

Nothing good is likely to come from a conversation that starts with the other person calling me “immature, stupid, and ignorant.” Yet this was what G. alleged when he contacted me by email a little while ago. G. was responding … Continue reading

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

Panfilo de Narvaez

If you were paying any attention in school, you know of Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Aztec Empire in Mexico with only a few hundred soldiers, and Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire … Continue reading

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