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Faith — In plain sight

Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. His most recent book is “God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World.”

On confident footing

When my father-in-law was in his final days, before he was moved from the hospital back home under hospice care, the nurses asked the family if they wanted a priest to visit with him. My father-in-law was a Protestant evangelical ...

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Finding the Presence of mind

Several years ago I was assigned a story by a newspaper, and the person I needed to interview lived about an hour’s drive north of my office. About five minutes into the trip the car radio went out. I flipped ...

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Resolving to love

grace

Now that we’ve gotten that pesky Christmas Spirit out of our system, we can get back to what had been bugging us before we had to put in on hold for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Where were ...

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Setting a bigger table

Thanksgiving

The holiday season usually involves family, and for some people that’s a good thing. For others, not so much. The first book I had published was about being a new father. That led to a lot of other writing about ...

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Don’t miss the moment

Grandparent

One of my colleagues saw me walking through the hallway and motioned me toward his door. “You gotta see this,” he said. When I got to his door I saw that he was pointing to his computer. My stomach dropped ...

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The gentle hand of grace

hands of grace

Most of us have done something dumb, where we can’t believe we put our lives, our jobs, our relationships, at risk, just because we weren’t paying attention. Here’s how it happened when, just days before my wife and I were ...

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From fibs to fulfillment

missions

She thought she wanted to be a missionary, but the missions organization denied her application. In its kindest choice of words possible, it said that her skills weren’t a “sufficient match” for their purposes. It wasn’t like she had applied ...

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Winter incident provokes warm memories

Snow

It’s winter, but you’d never know it by looking out my window right now. I read about winter storms, mountains getting snow, motorists stranded, power outages, and yet all of those reports are from places where winter really means something. ...

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Big lesson in serving small

Home for the Dying Destitutes

A stethoscope can put a swagger in anyone’s walk. I don’t know if all doctors feel important when they have one around their necks, but I know that some do. My friend Gary had his around his neck several years ...

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Beware your message on the run

Coming back from a run one morning this summer, I did what I usually do, and walked the last couple of blocks in order to cool down. It was a little warmer than usual that day, which meant I was ...

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