Tom Rupp

From Where I Sit: Many miles more to go

My poor car. If how you keep your car is any indication of what type of personality you have, I am in trouble. You see, some folks treat a car as an aesthetic expression, an exten ...

From Where I Sit: No good deed goes unpunished

The old saying is “no good deed goes unpunished.” Sometimes, no matter how you try to do a good deed, it can have a bad outcome. One time I gave a ride to a family fro ...

From Where I Sit: Graduating to the next level

The eternal recurrence continues this month as another group of people graduate from high school or college. This Sunday our church honors graduates with a personalized Bible. We a ...

From Where I Sit: You’ve got (electronic) mail

So the Internet server called Yahoo is undergoing changes in the near future. They are sending out warnings that email accounts may need to be updated. It states they will “n ...

Where I Sit: A change is gonna come

Have you heard the story about the two frogs? They were hopping around after a big rain. Rain? You know, the wet stuff which falls from the sky. They get a lot of it elsewhere. An ...

From Where I Sit: Off with their … beards?

Back in 1991 I had hair on my head but not on my face, but sported a moustache of sorts. In the spring of that year, I took a notion and went without shaving and liked it. Not onl ...

From where I sit: You only get one 80th birthday

My schedule has been torrid for the past four months, a non-stop trek of work. I call it a “groove.” Once you get in the groove, you know what’s coming next, each ...

From where I sit: Adventures in reading the Bible

Did you see where the Folsom Chabad Jewish Community Center recently dedicated its new Torah? It took a year to write by hand. ] Rabbi Grossman was quoted here in the Telegraph as ...

From Where I Sit: Preaching in an Age of Distraction

Have you ever stood before a group to give a speech and fought numerous distractions in an effort to get and keep the audience’s attention? One time when I asked a congregan ...

From Where I Sit: Learning the wisdom of ‘sleeping on it’

Every once in a while, when you cannot find a solution and you are getting nowhere, it might be a good idea to lay it aside and sleep on it. Some people call it “putting it o ...

From Where I Sit: Living a disclaimer-free life

It is funny how your siblings sometimes share your traits. As an example, I was walking the block recently and decided to call my big brother on the east coast. In the course of ou ...

From Where I Sit: ‘Pruning’ books off the library shelf

The pruning continues, only this time it is not in the garden but in the library. I help out at the Sacramento campus of the Northwest University library and we are trying to get a ...

From Where I Sit: Already time for the pruning shears again

Did we ever have winter this year? There was that one week in December, but besides then it seems as if we morphed into a winter/spring hybrid that will soon become full-fledged sp ...

From Where I Sit: Enjoy the bearable lightness of faith

Sometimes you have to take your own advice. This occurred to me during our most recent church service. I usually open with a few remarks from the Bible to get our minds centered an ...

Letter to the Editor: Telegraph column showed ‘religious prejudice’

I have been a regular reader of the Folsom Telegraph for over 25 years and I have always looked to the paper as a reliable resource for local news and community event listings. How ...