Category Archives: salvation by grace

On Who Fills the Void/the Rainbow Maker

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man. (Proverbs 27:20, ESV) I was thinking about a conversation in the movie based on the book Girl with a Pearl Earring about the life … Continue reading

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The Jesus Christ Effect versus the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV) On the Dunning-Kruger Effect The Dunning-Kruger Effect refers to contrasting biases people … Continue reading

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On God’s Gold versus Fools’ Gold

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. (John 18:20, NIV) In contrast to Jesus’ full disclosure … Continue reading

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God’s Kintsugi (On Restoring You and Me)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Kintsugi, or “golden joinery,” is the 500-year-old Japanese craft of restoring broken cups, saucers, and bowls “with a lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum.” (source) The craft is not merely for upcycling, however,

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Prophet or Pollyanna? (Is There Really a Future and a Hope?)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. (Proverbs 29:18, ESV)   Who?

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On Our GFF

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila “When we consider the blessings of God — the gifts that add beauty and joy to our lives, that enable us to keep going through stretches of boredom and even suffering —  friendship is very near the top.” Donald W. … 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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UPDATE 9/19: “On Self Efficacy, Spiritual Efficacy, and Another Danger of ‘Male Headship’”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV) UPDATE: Back in 2014 … Continue reading

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Part 2: A Call to Restoration (On Two Kinds of Words from the Heart)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The first section of Part 2, below, on restoration is excerpted from a series on verbal abuse I featured in 2017. It identifies a unique research project designed to illustrate the damage that can, indeed, by inflicted … Continue reading

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