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About jrcoggins

James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in British Columbia, Canada. He wrote his first novel in high school, but, fortunately for his later reputation as a writer, it was never published. He briefly served as a Christian magazine editor (for just over 20 years). He has written everything from scholarly and encyclopedia articles to jokes in Reader’s Digest (the jokes paid better). His six and a half published books include four John Smyth murder mysteries and one other, stand-alone novel. In his spare time, he operates Mill Lake Books, a small publishing imprint. His website is www.coggins.ca

No Other Gods: Wisdom by James R. Coggins

Fifth and last in a series In the Ten Commandments, God (who identified Himself as Yahweh or “I am”) commanded the Israelites not to worship any gods but Him. Yet the Israelites were tempted to worship the gods of the … Continue reading

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Of Making Many Books There Is No End by James R. Coggins

“Do you still use a typewriter?” It is one of those questions that I get asked from time to time. I think it is intended to imply that I am old and out of date. Unfortunately, the question is not … Continue reading

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No Other Gods: Asherah by James R. Coggins

Fourth in a series In the Ten Commandments, God (who identified Himself as Yahweh or “I am”) commanded the Israelites not to worship any gods but Him. Yet the Israelites were tempted to worship the gods of the peoples around … Continue reading

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“An Intensely Written Novel” by James R. Coggins

Against All Odds is described as “a gripping, intensely written novel.” It tells the story of Jaan Willem Mobach, his wife Johanna, and their six children, who were captured in Indonesia by the Japanese during World War Two. In different … Continue reading

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No Other Gods: Baal by James R. Coggins

Third in a series In the Ten Commandments, God (who identified Himself as Yahweh or “I am”) commanded the Israelites not to worship any gods but Him. Yet the Israelites were tempted to worship the gods of the peoples around … Continue reading

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A Nose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet by James R. Coggins

Do you ever have one of those nights when your body craves sleep but your mind won’t cooperate? The solution is to distract your mind. Don’t let it wander toward topics that are troubling or stimulating. As a writer, I … Continue reading

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Molek by James R. Coggins

Second in a series In the Ten Commandments, God (who identified Himself as Yahweh or “I am”) commanded the Israelites not to worship any gods but Him. Yet the Israelites were tempted to worship the gods of the peoples around … Continue reading

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Intelligent and Christian by James R. Coggins 

Last November, John G. Stackhouse, Jr. posted a blog titled “Why Mere Christianity Should Have Bombed.”  The title is deliberately provocative. Mere Christianity by British scholar C.S. Lewis was published over 60 years ago and has been one of the … Continue reading

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No Other Gods by James R. Coggins

First in a series In the modern world, we laugh at primitive peoples who worship idols, who bow down to images of bulls and crocodiles and serpents, who revere the stars and the sun, who seek guidance through tea leaves … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Times by James R. Coggins

A few days ago, I went to the store to buy some envelopes. Nothing special. Just four and an eighth-inch by nine and a quarter-inch, white envelopes. The kind we used to use to send bill payments and official and … Continue reading

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One Father by James R. Coggins

In Mark 3:20-35, when Jesus’ “mother and brothers” came to see Him, Jesus apparently refused to see them. In speaking to the crowd in Mark 3:34, Jesus said that His mother and brothers are those who do God’s will. In … Continue reading

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Who, What and How? by James R. Coggins

Who are Frank Epperson and Harry Burt, what did they each invent, and how did it have a direct impact on my life? In 1905 in Oakland, California, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson was on his front porch stirring … Continue reading

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Jesus and His Family by James R. Coggins

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, His earthly family, His mother and brothers, did not accept Him as the Messiah. At one point, they even thought He was insane and tried to take Him into care (Mark 3:21). But this does not … Continue reading

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The Singer and the Song by James R. Coggins

What is the connection between singers and the songs they sing? Phrased another way, do singers take responsibility for the songs they sing? What I have in mind is the singers who sing songs with messages such as these: • … Continue reading

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Jesus and Mary by James R. Coggins

There is a famous statue (called Pieta) by Michelangelo of Jesus’ mother Mary cradling the body of Jesus after the crucifixion. It is one of a number of medieval and Renaissance pieces of art reflecting the same theme. However, it … Continue reading

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