tom rupp

From Where I Sit: Caught between the now and then

This past Sunday we observed the ageless sacrament of the church known as communion or the Lord’s Supper. The text for the day was the standard one from 1 Corinthians 11. Verses ...

Watching Mason grow

Okay, I feel better. If any of you are regular readers, or at least read last week’s word, you know that it was cynical at best. So it’s time to cool off and think about somet ...

From Where I Sit: It’s my party and I can cry if I want to

Here in this little suburb of Sacramento the fine citizens of Folsom will soon participate in the national venture of a presidential election. Folks from all angles are saying all ...

From Where I Sit: September is last gasp of summer

We welcome the month of September to the relentless march of the calendar pages. A quick search of Wikipedia reveals that the name means “seventh” and that September originally ...

From Where I Sit: Eating birthday cake while star-gazing

Zion Church had a concert marking its 25th anniversary on Saturday night. It was a beautiful night. On the way home, I saw a shooting star. It served as a reminder concerning that ...

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 ...

From Where I Sit: Happy birthday to this great country

And so the grand experiment now celebrates its 236th birthday today. Surely those individuals who first molded this new country together had no idea how America would develop. Yet ...

From Where I Sit: Things are going green in the garden

And just like that, 2012 is halfway over. The talk around these parts this week has been the cool spell that that suddenly has us thinking spring has returned. I checked my diary a ...

From Where I Sit: Time to shake things up with a new title

Someone once remarked that ?life is a series of movements form one chair to another.? Think about it. There is some truth to that statement. Many of you who read these words are i ...

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: Anyone up for a game of hide and seek?

So here is June and here comes summer, ready or not. We have been blessed with a mild and pleasant spring so far. I have family and friends in Phoenix, Oklahoma and the east coast. ...

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 ...