Category Archives: Bible/literary themes

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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From the “High Tech” and “On High” Ways to Know If the Biblical “Narrator” is “Reliable”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila “Reliable (Biblical) Narrator?” As a literature teacher who is also a Christian, I can tell you that the Bible is a spiritually cohesive anthology of various literary genres crafted according to legal, historical, wisdom, poetry, gospel, epistolary, … Continue reading

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On the Poetry of God’s Pleasure…and of His Love

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In a “Christianity and Literature: Truth and Story” class I’m taking at a local college, the focus the other night was poetry. One-third of the Old Testament is in that genre, said our instructor, who is a … Continue reading

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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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The Annual Nabokov Christmas (in July) Gift, from Me to You

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila From last year to this: I have decided to offer my post based on the Vladimir Nabokov short story “Christmas” (which I have featured, now, [four] times since 2012 for various reasons) as an annual “Christmas in July” … Continue reading

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On the Citizenship Students’ Question and Solzhenitsyn’s “Warning To The West”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Question During the early 2000s I taught Citizenship classes to people going through the lengthy, multi-part process of becoming Naturalized United States citizens. Lessons included basic U.S. history, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens, information … Continue reading

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When Words Become Crimes: A Novel Idea on the Hidden Danger of PC-Speak

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila A NOVEL FOR THEN, NOW, AND ALWAYS Then A literary gem that stays on my top shelf of go-to’s for both inspiration and insight–as well as grins–is a delightful little novel by Mark Dunn called Ella Minnow … Continue reading

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On the “Human Cube” and Other Walls, 2: Awakening

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila So I keep thinking about the mid-town vagabond I wrote about yesterday “posed” as it were, tight, in a kind of “human cube” shape (for lack of a better way to describe his appearance), ensconced absolutely still  … Continue reading

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On the Nabokov “Christmas” Story. In July. Again…

I have decided to offer my post based on the Vladimir Nabokov short story “Christmas” (which I have featured, now, three times since 2012 for various reasons) as an annual “Christmas in July” tradition. It epitomizes to me the ever-present … Continue reading

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Still. In the Moment. God.

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila         In days like this It is imperative To “mind the moment,” Quell the fear, Defy The urgent.

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