Faith

A Word to the Wise: Nothing, even computers, lasts forever

I am having trouble with two of my devices — my iPod and laptop. The iPod will not turn off and now the laptop doesn’t even recognize the iPod. It still plays for four hours, a ...

Jewish faith offering family oriented services in El Dorado County

The congregation of the Temple Kol Shalom has been in El Dorado Hills for seven years and although it has no permanent home, it strives to have a presence in the community. Brenda ...

A Word to the Wise: Happy days are always here again

I have been thinking about asking editor Don about taking a new photo to use for my column here. The one we have been using is good enough, but it is over four years old and perhap ...

A Word to the Wise: What is Easter all about anyway?

It is all over. No more jelly beans until next spring. Whatever you gave up for Lent is fair game again. The Easter season has passed. Sara, our daughter-in-law, made a special cak ...

A Word to the Wise: Jesus loves me, this I know

To most people, the name Karl Barth means nothing. Christians who study theology, however, will recognize that name as someone who James Bierly in his book, “Thinking About Chris ...

A Word to the Wise: Language is no barrier to love

For almost a year now I have served as English ministries pastor at Sacramento Zion Presbyterian church. It is a predominantly Korean speaking congregation and we serve its English ...

Vandalism won't stop Folsom synagogue

A recent act of vandalism won’t stop a local synagogue from practicing their faith. According to Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, executive director at the Chabad Jewish Community Center, ...

A Word to the Wise: Springsteen’s new release touches a chord

I never buy any new music these days without first giving it a test listen. However, there is one exception to my rule — Bruce Springsteen. The Boss seems to speak in a language ...

A Word to the Wise: Did Jesus come to abolish religion?

Religion gets a bad name from time to time. Sometimes it may seem to be a deserved chiding. Jeff Bethke has earned over 19 million views for his YouTube post titled, “Why I hate ...

A Word to the Wise: Life is like a theatrical production

We recently attended a memorial service for a family member who died last month. The memorial took place at the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton. Located on Main Street, it was formerl ...

A Word to the Wise: Appreciating the long and short of life

Not long before he died late last year, columnist and general overall curmudgeon Andy Rooney stated in an interview, “There is so much going on, who couldn’t write a column?” ...

A Word to the Wise: Whitney Houston's death makes us think about life

Here we go again. Life is going on as normal and suddenly the earnest TV reporter interrupts the routine with the breaking news of yet another celebrity death. This time it was si ...

Word to the Wise: Watch what you say - to yourself

All too often we affix labels onto others. All too often we live up, or down, to the labels that others have placed upon us. Years ago Shad Helmstetter wrote a book titled, “Wha ...

A Word to the Wise: Celebrating two centuries of Dickens

I love to read books. Now, before you accuse me of stating the obvious (what else can you read?) let me explain. The advent of e-readers, for some, marks the beginning of the end ...

A Word to the Wise: Delving into the messy world of modern sports such as the Penn State controversy

We have not had a lot of good news from the world of sports lately, and it almost always about money. Years ago professional basketball player Latrell Sprewell held out for million ...