Category Archives: free will

Condemnation or Compassion? Lessons from the Emmaus Road (From a Teacher’s Heart)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila THE GAPS Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things … 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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What God Makes of Us

Phyllis Nissila THE COMPETITION I enthusiastically confess I love the Food Network show, “Chopped.” It is a contest starting out with four chefs who have to create appetizers, entrées, and desserts in a given amount of time with ingredients unknown … Continue reading

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On “WIKIs” and Truth (Commentary/Devotional)

Phyllis Nissila WIKI BRAIN? I was listening to an interview with a futurist, a person who makes his living predicting and estimating life ten, twenty, even a thousand years from now. As opposed to many people in these days of … 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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