Monthly Archives: July 2018

Is It God’s Word, or Some Other god’s words? On Interpretation and a (Literary) Plan

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Tricks of the Interpretive Trade–From the Lit Teacher (it’s summer…I get poetic in the summer…) There are many approaches to interpreting and studying the Bible, a discipline known as hermeneutics. As a lover of “close reading” for … Continue reading

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On Desperately Seeking the REAL Jesus–You Are Not Alone

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Do any of the believers quoted below sound familiar? Maybe they’re you (excerpts taken from 5 years ago in the comment section of a video of a sermon by A.W. Tozer entitled “Holy Spirit: Why Some Can’t … Continue reading

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To a Hammer, Everything is a Nail; to a Teacher, a Lesson Plan; to a Believer, Jesus Christ

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Regarding Hammers and Teachers I’ve noted on the blog in several places that I consider myself a metaphorist (if there is such a word–or pursuit) as well as a teacher. Like the references above to hammers and … Continue reading

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On Jesus’ Comparison of End Times with Childbirth (From the Labor and Delivery Room)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila It occurs to me that considering the times we are in, globally, it might be helpful to re-publish the following three blog posts treating the analogy Jesus used to illustrate how end times events are like a … Continue reading

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They Might Take Your Voice But the Song Crescendos

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I came across this song, today, while looking for another (as so often happens, right?). It prompted a tie-in to all of what I and my guest writers and others have written, lately, on false religions, cults, … Continue reading

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Hallmarks of Spiritual Abuse and Sally’s Story (© 2018, Sally Richardson)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Introduction: Today’s post is a contribution from a reader in the UK who shares her story of spiritual abuse in several churches. She also presents a list of the hallmarks of such churches, which aligns with the … Continue reading

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On Ozymandias, Religion, and Christ the Redeemer

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from … Continue reading

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