Category Archives: Bible/literary themes

“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 Power of Deception–Now, Then, & in Secret Chambers

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila (revised) Reflecting more on yesterday’s post, “On Who Fills the Void/the Rainbow Maker,” (a discussion of the power–and purpose–of insatiable need), what came to mind was this famous quote attributed to former CIA Director, William Casey: “We’ll … 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 the Good, the Bad, the Ugly–and the Saved

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I came across this fragment of a Charles Bukowski poem… A poem is a city filled with streets and sewers filled with saints, heroes, beggars, madmen, filled with banality and booze, filled with rain and thunder and … 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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