Pastor James Collins of Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church recently released a book titled, “Don’t Throw The Believer Out With The Baptistry Water: The Best Of The Point Is… Volume 1.” The book is a collection of his weekly faith-based newspaper columns. For the past three years, Collins has written “The Point Is…” for the Fort Scott Tribune. Last year, he began syndicating to outlets across the United States.
“Since my stories have a point, I called my column, ‘The Point Is…’ I never dreamed God would use my writing to reach so many people.” Collins said. “I have received many emails, calls, and letters from folks telling me that they were blessed in some way by something I wrote. It is humbling.”
Collins writes simple stories with a spiritual message. “Jesus taught using parables – simple stories that illustrate a heavenly truth,” he said. “I have a love affair with the Word and with words. The good news of Jesus Christ is not supposed to be so complex. It is so simple a little child should be able to understand it. I tried to keep it simple and easy to read. This book is they type of book that you can start in the middle and read both ways. Each column stands by itself.”
“My motivation for putting this book out was to show how God can use anyone,” Collins said. “My wife once told me that if God can use a talking donkey, He can surely use me too.”
Collins often uses amusing events from his own life in his writing. His book has been called, “Chicken Soup for the Soul with a sense of humor.” When the book was released in May, it became an Amazon bestseller in the Christian Humor category.
Collins said the proceeds from sale of the book are going to construction costs for the expansion of his church. Since 2016, he has served as senior pastor of First Southern Baptist Church. They recently broke ground on a new edition that will serve as a Family Life Center.
The book is for sale locally at the church and at special events. “I am excited to be signing books at the LibraryCon,” Collins said. The LibraryCon will be held at the Fort Scott Public on July 20th from 10 am until 2 pm. “I hope that our community will come out and support our library at this event,” he said. “I also hope that our community will support our church expansion by purchasing a copy of my book.”
“Don’t Throw The Believer Out With The Baptistry Water: The Best Of The Point Is…Volume 1” is a 254-page publication, contains 14 chapters, and retails for $15. It is available from Amazon and at the website www.thepointis.net.