Category Archives: Devotionals

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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On Desperately Seeking the REAL Jesus–You Are Not Alone

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Do any of the believers quoted below sound familiar? Maybe they’re you (excerpts taken from 5 years ago in the comment section of a video of a sermon by A.W. Tozer entitled “Holy Spirit: Why Some Can’t … Continue reading

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To a Hammer, Everything is a Nail; to a Teacher, a Lesson Plan; to a Believer, Jesus Christ

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Regarding Hammers and Teachers I’ve noted on the blog in several places that I consider myself a metaphorist (if there is such a word–or pursuit) as well as a teacher. Like the references above to hammers and … Continue reading

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They Might Take Your Voice But the Song Crescendos

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I came across this song, today, while looking for another (as so often happens, right?). It prompted a tie-in to all of what I and my guest writers and others have written, lately, on false religions, cults, … Continue reading

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On Ozymandias, Religion, and Christ the Redeemer

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from … 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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Hope for Countering the “Information Apocalypse” and the Power of “Slide-By News”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Information Apocalypse From the down side of the brave new world of artificial Intelligence, specifically, the manipulation of information to influence and/or deceive viewers and readers, comes a growing concern over what is called the “information … Continue reading

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