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On Good Cops, Gifts, and Big Hearts

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila My sister and I and my teen-aged niece had the joy of helping out at a local, annual, “Shop with a Cop” event. About a dozen or so police men and women and some helpers took a … Continue reading

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On Self Efficacy, Spiritual Efficacy, and Another Danger of “Male Headship”

Phyllis Nissila SPIRITUAL SELF-EFFICACY? Self efficacy, or, “the extent or strength of one’s belief in one’s own ability to complete tasks and reach goals,” [1] is a key element of success in “the natural,” as it were. I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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To Those Who Think We’re “Stupid”…

Phyllis Nissila To those… Who think we’re stupid,

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From Russia with Hope: “Christmas”…Re-Gifted

Phyllis Nissila Below, is an updated re-post of my July 19, 2012 commentary originally entitled “From Russia with Hope: Christmas in July” featuring a timeless story of hope birthed (even) in tragedy, a theme exquisitely packaged, I think, in the … Continue reading

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The Face–and Soul–of Abuse, Part 2

Phyllis Nissila I am posting on this topic again today because, in light of the revelations by several women who, they allege, were taken advantage of sexually, at best, raped, at worst, by a very famous celebrity back in the … Continue reading

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Merely Well Behaved—or Beloved and Gifted? (On Joseph of Genesis)

Phyllis Nissila MERELY WELL BEHAVED? I have heard yet another preacher expound on the superior character of Joseph of Old Testament fame who was betrayed by his brothers, unjustly accused by his master’s wife, imprisoned and then forgotten by two … Continue reading

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The Face–and Soul–of Abuse

Cindy Burrell at http://www.hurtbylove.com/the-face-of-abuse/#respond has linked the video that I have re-posted below. Her blog post is titled: “The Face of Abuse.” Her site and her ministry provide much help to people “on the other side” of videos such as … Continue reading

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