Category Archives: Bible/literary themes, elements

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: 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said … Continue reading

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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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On Swords of Truth and Narratives of Survival–for Every Era–from Solzhenitsyn, Tennyson, and the Holy Spirit (Revisited)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The pen is mightier than the sword.   -Edward Bulwer-Lytton Sozhenitsyn: The question in my discussion group examining the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan  Denisovich by twentieth-century author, activist, and gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn, centered … Continue reading

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On the Gift of Time: God’s, Ours, and the Fullness Thereof

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila From a recent post on a fellow blogger’s site touching  on the subject of time I am reminded of how God’s will is enacted from His time suspended in eternity to each of our times lived “in … Continue reading

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On the “High Art” of Our Personal “Hero’s Quest” in Christ

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The “High Art” of Our “Personal Hero’s Quest in Christ?” The discussion in my class last night on the general theme of “Christianity and Literature: Truth and Story” (class #4–“The Hard Work of Having a Hero: Models … Continue reading

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