Proud Mom-in-Law Alert! Gregory K. Smith’s New Book, the 2nd in the Series, is Out Today!

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Today, August 7th, 2018, is the official launch of the second book in my son-in-law’s book series, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Book 2: Out of the Woods.


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Greg and co-writer Michael Tanner have (bias alert) another big-seller and popular graphic novel on their hands! These books are not only exciting for tweens, teens, and adventure-loving zombie-apocalypse fans, they are a lot of fun for every reader (especially mothers-in-law). The art work by Zach Lehner is very clever and engaging and is, in part, why this series is called “Goonies on steroids” by fans.

It is available here in hard cover, paperback and Kindle editions: Continue reading

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On Making–Aiding and Abetting–“Snowflakes”

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Snowflake: “A term for someone that thinks they are unique and special, but really are not. It gained popularity after the movie ‘Fight Club’ from the quote ‘You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else’…a putdown for someone, usually on the political left, who is easily offended or felt they needed a ‘safe space‘ away from the harsh realities of the world” (Urban Dictionary).

So what tends to happen to and among Snowflakes who self-shelter in their safe spaces from opposing viewpoints, realities, or ideas? Consider one more poem from my summer stack of favorites: 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 deeper understanding, something which I also teach (see a method below), the various ways we gain understanding of the Scriptures is a fascinating study.

One of my favorites 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 Receive Him”)? Continue reading

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

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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 teachers, I’m always dialed in to perceiving one thing via another. Continue reading

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On Jesus’ Comparison of End Times with Childbirth (From the Labor and Delivery Room)

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It occurs to me that considering the times we are in, globally, it might be helpful to re-publish the following three blog posts treating the analogy Jesus used to illustrate how end times events are like a woman in the childbirth process. A mother’s perspective on this is rarely heard, as, for one thing, most preachers are men who cannot experience this phenomenon though they might have academic knowledge, and for another, the rise of so-called Kingdom Now and Dominion/Christian Reconstructionism theologies have precluded the teaching of prophecy in many churches. 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, and other destructive relationships among people, where, for a Continue reading

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