Category Archives: Bible/literary themes

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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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 “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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