Tom Rupp

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 ...

From Where I Sit: Showing kindness to a world of need

On Saturday some of our church members made the monthly drive to the Dream Center church in the heart of downtown Sacramento, at the corner of 15th and C streets. This local church ...

From Where I Sit: Saying goodbye (for now) to a fine friend

We had a group of young people from the church over to our house last Sunday for a Super Bowl party. It was nice being with good people whose company you enjoy. That is one of the ...