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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: 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: Enjoy simple pleasures simply at Thanksgiving

Some days I have a difficult time trying to come up with the words for this weekly column, even though I keep a list of possible topics nearby. Every once in a while the old nemes ...

A Word to the Wise: The powerful attraction of a personal testimony

In speaking of his religious faith, Johnny Cash sang, “I was there when it happened so I guess I ought to know.” A personal testimony is just that — personal. No one can ta ...

A Word to the Wise: Forget chicken soup, gardening feeds the soul

Bill Wiggins, my friend from Virginia, jokes that I once got three sermons out of single tomato plant. I think that is a bit of an exaggeration but having said that, here comes ano ...

Don’t be bored, have fun while you drive from A to Z

Back in the day when we were kids and confined to the car during a long trip, we would often come up with games to occupy our attention. It made the trip seem less daunting. Such ...

Somebody stop me, I'm about to get cynical

Conan O’Brien, near the end of his final Tonight Show, spoke on a serious note about his departure. In his speech he said, “I hate cynicism. It’s my least favorite quality. ...

A Word to the Wise: What can you do when the world falls apart?

Day to day we live, experiencing the various ups and downs that come our way. We get hyped up about things, thinking that certain events are more momentous than we later realize th ...

Turn off your cell phone and read this

Did you read that Hugh Jackman recently was on stage in a theater show and a cell phone went off in the audience? He remained in character and acknowledged the rude ringing, and ...

Slow news day? Won’t find one in the Bible

How do I decide what to write about each week? Well, I sometimes have a list of topics and let them brew in my mind for a few weeks. Sometimes I sit down at the computer and writ ...