a word to the wise

A Word to the Wise: You gotta have faith to live in today's world

I am currently facilitating an Apologetics class at Capital Bible College. The term “apologetics” means a defense of the Christian faith. The apostle Paul used the word in Ph ...

A Word to the Wise: Fun and life come with grandchildren

As we clock in from day to day we sometimes tend to fall into ruts where the usual thing always happens and very few surprises occur. The accustomed rituals of living can easily ...

Word to the Wise: Will the world end Saturday as the preacher predicts?

Back in 1974, I became a Christian and began listening to a fine radio station, WFSI in Annapolis, MD. They offered a nice mix of gospel music and Bible reading. God used it to d ...

A Word to the Wise: Let's talk about history

Two weeks ago I wrote a column about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s beginning. In it I wrote, “Out here in California we do not have as much American history to celeb ...

A Word to the Wise: The wind is a powerful and awesome thing

I recently conducted a graveside service. The family wanted the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” played at the end of the ceremony. As the song played, the blustery wind nearly pic ...

A Word to the Wise: The Civil War a century and a half later

Sesquicentennial — now there’s a word you don’t see every day. I saw it recently on a story concerning the start of the Civil War, which occurred 150 years ago. That is the ...

A Word to the Wise: Remembering the death of Jesus for our sins

The Christian calendar year faithfully marks certain events for believers. The high points of the calendar include the birth (Christmas) and resurrection (Easter) of Jesus, which w ...

A Word to the Wise: Burning books is the epitome of ignorance

A recent event got me thinking. Those who know me will understand what I am saying. I ask you to reserve judgment if my words incite you, as that is not my intention. Please do not ...

A Word to the Wise: Once again, we feel the earth shake

Did you see the recent news item in which a few color photos taken in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake were recently discovered? It is an interesting addition to our local h ...

A Word to the Wise: 'Get Low' snubbed by Oscar?

I write these words before the annual Oscars ceremony. By the time this week’s paper gets printed, all of the awards will have been presented. We just rented one film that will n ...

A Word to the Wise: What in the world is going on?

Recent events in another part of our world have reminded us all of how fragile societies are and how quickly, relatively speaking, they can unravel. This has especially been displa ...

A Word to the Wise: Curl up with a good book

Isn’t it amazing that there are only 26 letters in our alphabet, and yet people continue to put them together differently into new books after all of these centuries? From Shake ...

A Word to the Wise: Carving out some memories with my new toy

As far as gift giving and receiving go, Christmas 2010 was slim pickings this year. That is fine by me. Too much of our so-called holiday giving is done merely to satisfy some cu ...

Word to the Wise: New Year gives us new chances

Here we go again, about to wrap up another year. Something similar to Nietzche’s eternal recurrence continues. Augustine put forth the idea that what we call the past and the f ...

A Word to the Wise: Tree lighting lifts spirits

Every year we make it a habit to visit the Christmas tree lighting in Historic Folsom, and this year was no exception. The threat of rain did not stop a large crowd from coming out ...