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(Don’t) Wait for It… On Time, Free Will, and Patience

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Time One day each of us will dwell in a kingdom where terms like “past,”present,” “future”–even “one day”–will be moot; where the exoskeleton of time will have fallen away; existence will be the realm of “now” and … Continue reading

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On Truth Hackers

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I am often reminded, these days, of the words attributed to former CIA Director William Casey (1981-1987): “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”  Whether or not he said it, … Continue reading

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(To A Hammer Everything Is a Nail) On Figurative and Literal Hell

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila The Hammer and the Nail You might need to hang in here with me for a few paragraphs because this post is really about Hell. But who wants to read about Hell? Religious and non-religious alike tend … Continue reading

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The Two Best Christmas Gifts Ever for the Skeptic Who Has (Almost) Everything

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila THE BEST GIFT The Online Etymology Dictionary reveals that the compound word, “Christmas” (Christ + mass, combined and shortened), introduced in the mid-fourteenth century, refers to the “sending, letting go” of Christ–kind of like somebody or even Somebody … Continue reading

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On God Theories and Free Will

I recently listened to an interview with noted astrophysicist Bernard Haisch, author of the book The God Theory wherein he proposes a new answer to two old questions: why and how did everything come into being? From his background in … Continue reading

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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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On Free Will (2): Love Calls

Phyllis Nissila DEFINITIONS As I noted in my previous post (On Free Will and Fault Lines), I believe the gift of free will to be one of the most potent witnesses of God’s love. The idea of truly unfettered choice … Continue reading

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On Free Will and Fault Lines (Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila TWO FORCES  Traveling along Interstate 280, which borders the San Andreas Lake and Crystal Springs Reservoir in Northern California, one is struck by the drastic difference in the topography of the two shores. On the west the land … Continue reading

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