Author Archives: Craig M. Watts

ARE WE MAKING POLICE MORE DANGEROUS BY SAYING THEY ARE ENDANGERED?

Most people have probably seen the movies where the wife of a police officer tearfully tells her husband, “Every day I worry about you. I’m so afraid there will come a time when I’ll hear a knock at the door and I’ll answer it to be told you have been shot and killed.” Many people […]

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MILITARY COUP, REVOLUTION and the WAY of JESUS

The trust Americans have in armed might to accomplish good ends is distressing. Evidence of this trust has appeared again in the results of YouGov’s latest research poll. The poll shows 29% of the American people would be willing to support a military coup in certain circumstances. That went up to an astonishing 43% who […]

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GETTING IT RIGHT in CHURCH on the FOURTH of JULY

Few Sundays of the year do churches get things more wrong than on the Sunday nearest to the 4th of July. The spirituality expressed in nationalistic holidays is a competing, not complimentary, spirituality to that rightly practiced in life of the church. The pride and unity that is affirmed and reinforced through nationalistic holidays is […]

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The OPPRESSION of the HOMELESS

 Heartless laws lead to harsh law enforcement. This was demonstrated last week when a police officer knocked down and viciously slapped a homeless man who was on his way to use a restroom in a bus station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the past year Mayor Seiler and the City Commission passed a series of […]

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FRANKLIN GRAHAM, PRESIDENT OBAMA and the VIOLENCE of CHRISTIANS

Calling for a degree of religious humility and self-examination strikes me as a reasonable thing to do. Clearly there are many people who don’t agree. Franklin Graham, son of the famous preacher Billy Graham and founder of Samaritan’s Purse, are among them. Or at least he and others don’t agree when it is done by […]

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Refusing Fire From Heaven

It should go without saying that the shocking violence in Paris and massacre in Nigeria are heart-breaking tragedies. These hateful terroristic deadly acts deserve to be condemned without qualification. All violence should be deplored, but there is something about violence by people who claim to be religiously motivated that is particularly repugnant. All the major […]

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The Virtue of Not Being Nice

Some while back an old –and older- friend recalled one of the first sermons I preached decades ago when I was twenty-two years old. In the message I apparently said some derogatory things about being nice. She laughingly remarked, “Lots of people walked away from church that day asking, ‘Really, what’s so wrong with being […]

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Grieving Over Torture

I grieve over torture. I grieve not only because of those subjected to the abuse no human being should be forced to endure. I grieve not primarily as an American citizen who feels ashamed of the morally bankrupt national leadership that authorized and promoted the practice. I grieve not just as an individual who is […]

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THE INEXCUSIBLE FREEDOM of IRRESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS

  The chilling picture released as part of the final police report into the Sandy Hook massacre   Where I live in South Florida we don’t see snow. I had to go to the local museum to see snowflakes. But these were snowflakes of a special kind. They are on tour. Since the horror of […]

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Kenneth Copeland and David Barton’s Detrimental Guidance for Veterans

A member of a nearby congregation enlisted in the army several years ago and was sent to Iraq. When he returned home others in church joyfully welcomed him back, pouring attention on him and proclaiming him a hero. He didn’t respond well. His minister said to me, “This young man hates the attention and praise. […]

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