Category Archives: Christian poetry

“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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It’s Time to Resurrect God–Before We Start Eating Babies

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Are there any grown-ups in the house?

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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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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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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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On Free Will (3): Dead or Alive? (Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila SHROUD OF TURIN   Man of the Cloth Infused On finest thread— Deity or deceiver? From time to time Some forensic pilgrim Probes microscopic remnants; Holding Hope like breath All strain to view The body: Is it the … Continue reading

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Epiphany (Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila Somewhere in North Dakota a young girl stands in her driveway watching as our train traces the long curve west around her land.   From my window seat I watch her turn and walk, slowly, toward a brown … Continue reading

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