Category Archives: James R. Coggins

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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A Judicial Conversation by James R. Coggins

“Hi, John. You know that five hundred dollars I owe you?” “Yeah?” “I just lost my job, so I won’t be able to pay you when I said I would. I’m sorry.” “No problem, Wes. I’ll sue you, and then … Continue reading

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Speechmaking by James R. Coggins

I never did very well at public speaking in high school. Once a year, all of the students would have to make a speech in English class. The students who had done the best in each class would then compete … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not: A Short Story by James R. Coggins

The words troubled him. John read them over again. They seemed so archaic. So judgmental. So negative. So out of keeping with the rest of the book. He read them again: “Thou shalt not.” The next day, he returned to … Continue reading

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An Unintended Legacy by James R. Coggins

The patriarch Joseph was undoubtedly a moral and godly man. He is credited with saving Egypt from a disastrous famine. Because of Pharaoh’s dreams and the interpretation of them which God gave to Joseph, Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of … Continue reading

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Easter Again by James R. Coggins

Once again this year, in spite of COVID and the attendant restrictions, the Christian church has celebrated Easter. Why do we keep returning to the same themes year after year? The reason is that there are certain foundational Christian doctrines, … Continue reading

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The Man on the Park Bench: A Short Story by James R. Coggins

The man on the park bench looked utterly forlorn. He was sitting with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands. “Good afternoon,” I said. “How are you doing?” “It’s hopeless,” he said. “It’s hopeless.” “Oh, I … Continue reading

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Getting to the Bottom of Things by James R. Coggins

Raising sons can be challenging. Consider the following conversation. The mother says, “I have just been folding the laundry.” The seven-year-old shrugs. This is a topic that clearly holds no interest for him. The mother continues, “Can you explain why … Continue reading

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