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08.13.17
An Organizing Motif | Psalm 105
Roger Nelson
How do you tell your story? What is the organizing motif of your story?   I start my story with, "My father was a history professor." It helps me makes sense of moving from the University of Michigan to Michigan State to a...

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08.06.17
Splayed Open | Psalm 17
Roger Nelson
The Boundary Waters is a seemingly endless collection of glacial lakes, bogs, and rocky islands on the border of Minnesota and Canada. There are miles and miles and miles of woods and waters as the protected lands and national parks of two...

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07.16.17
Dancing with the Torah | Psalm 119:33-40
Roger Nelson
The wedding was idyllic. A grassy peninsula on Martha's Vineyard was all greens and blues and the white of the bride's gown. The wedding was small ~ immediate family and a few friends. The dashing groom, with his dog at his feet, watched as...

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07.09.17
Need and Custom | Psalm 145
Roger Nelson
Every other week HARP (Hope's Association of Retired Persons) gathers around a long table to drink coffee, kibitz, and engage a book, article, or speaker. Twelve years ago, we read My God and I: A Spiritual Memoir by Lew Smedes. His story helped...

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07.02.17
Learning to Sing | Psalm 89
Roger Nelson
Craig Barnes' father was a preacher who believed in the memorization of scripture. As a boy, Craig was given a passage each Monday to memorize by week's end. If he couldn't recite the text he was dismissed from the dinner table.

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06.18.17
Harassed and Helpless | Matthew 9:35-10:8
Roger Nelson
In the early eighties, when I was in my early twenties, I drove a church van on Sunday mornings. As the city woke I'd drive around picking up people for worship, listening to black gospel music on the radio, and soaking in the sights, smells, and...

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