Category Archives: Bible/literary themes, elements

How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 16–Black Swan Events vs Biblical Prophecies

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Access entire series here The expression “Black Swan event” crops up more and more these days. Black Swan Event? According to scholar, mathematical statistician, risk analyst, and one of the most well-known modern authors on Black Swan … Continue reading

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Best of Holiday Posts–“From Russia with Hope: Christmas in July” (2012) and a Verse (2019)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila This post first appeared as a “Christmas in July” feature in 2012. The short story “Christmas” by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov is a little literary gem that for me addresses the temptation to despair when grief overshadows … Continue reading

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“The Kraken 2.0” (On Evil’s Proper End)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Kraken? These days when evil seems to be metastisizing like stage 4 cancer, fattening on power, insolence, and presumption, I am reminded of “The Kraken,” both the sea monster from Scandinavian folklore and Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem … Continue reading

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On the Father, the Prodigal, and The Other Son (Mostly The Other Son)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Most people know the parable of the “Prodigal Son” whether through Bible studies or as an idiom . But here’s a recap from the NIV:

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“For the Workers Late in the Field”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2, NIV) Here is a different sort of take, … Continue reading

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Part 8: “Then they came (for my ancestors)”–Searching for the Mame-Loshn* in the Promised Land and in the Borderlands

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila *”Mother tongue” (Yiddish) The Mame-Loshn  When we recently found out that ancestors on both sides of our family were Jewish (Ashkenazi), one side of the family by DNA tests and documents, the other, by oral history, it … Continue reading

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On “God’s Synchronized Watchers” and Biblical Interpretation

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV) If your are a follower … Continue reading

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Part 4: Verses for July–On the Individual and Collective “Harvest” and Prophecy

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 From Parts 1, 2,  and 3 July Verses In July, we wait, water, weed, and watch

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Part 2: Verses for July–On “Watering”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1 Part 3 Part 4 In Part 1 of this series, I offered a metaphor, copied below (“July Verses”), comparing the season of waiting for the harvest to spiritual “waiting” after prayers have been planted, as … Continue reading

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On Waiting: Verses for July

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.* Verses for July In July, we wait, water, weed, and watch

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