tom rupp

A Word to the Wise: Eugene Peterson’s new release inspires ministry

Those of us who consider ourselves avid readers will sometimes take a liking not only to a particular genre but also to a particular author. My son likes John Grisham and Stephen ...

A Word to the Wise: Summer is the coolest time of year

I was just sitting outside at dusk listening to the crickets tune up for the night and enjoying a cool Delta breeze. As the sky darkened, the stars soon appeared. It’s a great ti ...

A Word to the Wise: Trying to detox from consumerism is tough

I recently borrowed a book from our wonderful local library. It is titled “Consumer Detox” by Mark Powley and subtitled, “Less stuff, more life.” The author seeks to convin ...

A Word to the Wise: The powerful attraction of a personal testimony

In speaking of his religious faith, Johnny Cash sang, “I was there when it happened so I guess I ought to know.” A personal testimony is just that — personal. No one can ta ...

A Word to the Wise: Much can happen in eight years

I like milestones. It is satisfying to mark the times and see what has happened in the past. It helps to make sense of what has happened and prepare for what will happen. Take eigh ...

A Word to the Wise: Is 'The Tree of Life' the key to life?

I’m penning a movie review just because. Because it’s summertime. Because I wrote a movie review last week. And because I had a gift card for the movies. And here are three r ...

A Word to the Wise: ‘Midnight in Paris’ is a thoughtful film

Going to the movies is a risky venture these days. Ticket prices and snack prices are high. Reviews are just that — one person’s opinion that you may not share. You take a chan ...

A Word to the Wise: A pill for every inconvenience

It seems as if every other commercial on television is for some new medication invented to deal with one of the many ailments that come with being human. Recently I noted two diff ...

A Word to the Wise: King James Version marks 400 years

This month my son celebrated his 22nd birthday and my stepson turned 32. There is also another big birthday remembrance. This year, the King James Version of the Bible celebrates t ...

A Word to the Wise: Ditch the computer and see the world around you

Here comes a rant. You can chalk it up to being a member of an older generation or you can attribute it to jealousy. It doesn’t matter to me. I am getting tired of seeing a certa ...

A Word to the Wise: Living with the 'check engine' light on

So there I was driving along minding my own business when suddenly the “check engine” light came on. That has never happened in the life of my car. At home I checked the vario ...

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 ...