Category Archives: James R. Coggins

Where is Jesus? by James R. Coggins

When they think about Jesus, many modern Christians picture Him walking the dusty roads of Palestine. Or they don’t think about the question of where He is at all. Early Christians were clear about where Jesus is. The apostles declared … Continue reading

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Sooley by James R. Coggins

I hate John Grisham. He is a master wordsmith. In his crisp, clear prose, he can describe in two sentences a complex situation that lesser writers would require two paragraphs or two pages to adequately portray. A recent example is … Continue reading

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God’s Purposes by James R. Coggins

Often the purposes of God are not seen until long afterward. The apostle Paul had been tremendously successful in preaching the gospel and starting churches across the Roman Empire. Then, when he decided to visit Jerusalem, he was immediately arrested … Continue reading

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A Fresh Take on Guardian Angels by James R. Coggins

Years ago, when I was editor of a denominational magazine, I began receiving article submissions from a man named Jerry Raaf. They were often unique, unexpected, even offbeat pieces, displaying out of the box thinking. I published some of them. … Continue reading

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A Splintered Reed by James R. Coggins

Three times in the Old Testament (2 Kings 18:21; Isaiah 36:5-6; Ezekiel 29:6-7), God compared Egypt to “a splintered reed.” Reeds are long, thick grasses that grow along the banks of rivers such as the Nile. Egypt is a dry … Continue reading

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Lying Lips by James R. Coggins

A mother confronts her son: “Did you write on the wall?” The boy replies, “No, Mom, my little brother did it.” The mother says, “But your little brother can’t spell.” “Oh.” ***** On another day, the mother confronts the same … Continue reading

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An Introduction for Modern Readers by James R. Coggins

A couple of generations ago, things were much different. Back then, most people in North America—whether believing Christians or not—had a basic understanding of the main teachings of Christianity. Today, the church exists in a culture that is largely disconnected … Continue reading

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In Praise of Libraries by James R. Coggins

I’ve always wanted to own a castle or at least a country estate. I particularly wanted to have my office at the top of a tower in the castle or country manor house. From there I would have great vision … Continue reading

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Global Connections by James R. Coggins

I had never met Teus and Maria Kappers—until they asked me to help them publish their joint autobiography. And yet their lives have intersected major connecting points in the global evangelical world. Teus grew up in the Netherlands and Maria … Continue reading

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Midtown Bus: A Short Story by James R. Coggins

The midtown bus lurched along, carrying its random assortment of humanity. “Someone should do something,” muttered the old woman, squeezed between two middle-aged businessmen on the seniors’ bench near the front. The driver, balding with a spreading middle, hunched over … Continue reading

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The Freedom of Dependency by James R. Coggins

For a number of years, my wife and I belonged to the same church as Patricia Mussolum and her husband Barry. But it was a large church and we never met. I did hear about them though. I cannot recall … Continue reading

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Four Dark Books

In the 1800s, Africa was considered a “dark continent” because its interior geography was unknown to Europeans and because it was considered uncivilized. The Christian missionary and explorer David Livingstone is credited with shedding light on the continent by exploring … Continue reading

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Famous Coggins Quotations by James R. Coggins

After a writer is dead, some anonymous scholar often collects the best quotes from all of his written works, reducing his laboriously written tomes to a few sound bites. I decided to save this anonymous scholar some work and compile … Continue reading

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Life at the Lake by James R. Coggins

As usual this spring, the babies appeared at the lake where we sometimes walk. It is an opportunity to consider different parenting styles. The families of Canada geese glide across the water like convoys of battleships. They always travel in … Continue reading

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Writing by James R. Coggins

The trend was obvious early on. • Grade 1: four A’s, four B’s, and a C in Writing. • Grade 2: six A’s, one B, and a C in Writing, which was “not so well done.” • Grade 3: seven … Continue reading

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