Category Archives: Bible/literary themes, elements

The Words That Remain

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. ~ William Carlos Williams, excerpt from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower“   The Frustration

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“Live Not By Lies, A Manual for Christian Dissidents” (Book Review)–on “Soft Totalitarianism,” Testimonies and Words to the Wise from Then for Today

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila There always is this fallacious belief: “It would not be the same here; here such things are impossible.” Alas, all the evil of the twentieth century is possible everywhere on earth.–Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn BOOK REVIEW I am reading … Continue reading

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On “Hydra-fare” versus “God-fare” and “October Surprises”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila As a metaphorist, that is, one who perceives the spiritual in the natural, who is inclined to regard what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch as symbolic of the spiritual world, I’ve been observing how the … Continue reading

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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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