a word to the wise

From Where I Sit: Marching through my patriotic play list

I recently decided to take a stroll around the block. It was the evening part of Independence Day. People were beginning to gather in front of houses with their fireworks. The grow ...

A Word to the Wise: It is time to open the treasure box

OK, it?s not time to call the TV show ?Hoarders? just yet. I am admittedly a saver and a piler of a certain few things ? papers, some books, baseball cards, personal knickknacks. H ...

A Word to the Wise: We live in a wonderful world

It?s been quite the thoughtful day on at least three accounts. First our church had a picnic at the park. More than 100 people gathered together to sing, pray, hear the Bible, eat ...

A Word to the Wise: A prayer God will always answer with a "yes"

Although the philosopher Kierkegaard defined prayer in one word as ?listening,? we also think of prayer as talking to God. We can see similarities between prayer and a child asking ...

A Word to the Wise: Step back and see God's big plan

Have you ever checked out Google Earth? It is so cool. You can zoom out to a view of earth from space, and then zoom in as far as you want to, even to the house where you live or t ...

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 ...

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 ...

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?” ...

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 ...