Monthly Archives: April 2012

Spiritual Food Deserts

Phyllis Nissila According to Wikipedia, a “food desert” is “any area in the industrialized world where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain. Food deserts are prevalent in rural as well as urban areas […] (they) are associated with a … Continue reading

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A Christian’s “Place”

Phyllis Nissila (What prompts this commentary is my heart to encourage Christians to walk boldly in their relationship with Jesus Christ, for whom the Son has set free is free indeed [John 8:36]. Of particular concern to me, and a … Continue reading

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A New Family: help and hope for Barbara, help and hope for the spiritually abused

Phyllis Nissila Some years ago I worked for a minister and Christian apologist who counseled people out of cults and the occult. In those days, the early eighties, the groups were outside the church. Now, they are to be found … Continue reading

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The Investigation: diffusing danger on a plane and in the church

Phyllis Nissila THE SITUATION As soon as I noticed “Mr. X” sitting in “our” waiting area of the airport terminal I got a funny feeling. Was he up to no good? He appeared to be of a certain age; he … Continue reading

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What in the World is Going on in Church?! How to figure out what’s”emerging,” what you can do, and a story that might sound familiar

  Phyllis Nissila A CHURCH ODYSSEY Can you relate to our story? Several years ago my sister and I began what we now call our “church odyssey.” The Protestant church we had been attending for about twenty-five years in its … Continue reading

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The Watch

Phyllis Nissila (But even before Mary Magdalene and the disciples came to the garden that first Easter, there were others…) The gore of Golgotha over, most of the onlookers have long since dispersed, some into hiding. The man from Arimathea … Continue reading

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In the Garden: An Easter Reflection

Phyllis Nissila 1, A.D. Based on the Gospel according to John, chapter 20, verses 1-18, (with a little poetic embellishment) the story of the very first Good News proclamation on Easter morning goes thus: Compelled to leave their hiding place … Continue reading

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