Category Archives: Purgatory

On “The Gospel You Win Them With” (Be Careful)

Phyllis Nissila I’ve been pondering an expression spoken by a pastor who was emphasizing the critical need to “preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2) to the unsaved. “What you win them with,” he said, is what you … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 8 (Witnessing to RC’s–A Labor of Love and of Angst)

Phyllis Nissila From the riches of reader responses to my posts, I often glean inspiration for more essays, devotionals, and commentaries. This reader, with whom I share a common joy–having through time come further out of and away from the … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 6 (Fear)

Phyllis Nissila (Put your seatbelt on, here. This ride is a little bumpy at first.) FEAR, B.C. According to my careful Roman Catholic upbringing, topic, “sin,” there are the seven deadlies to watch out for, the eight horribles, the nine … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 5 (From Dust to Redemption)

Phyllis Nissila “There’s never an end to dust and dusting,” my aunt would say as her rag, like a thunderhead, scudded across the yellow oak of her little house. There she lived seventy years with a ball of compulsion closed … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire 4: On Leaving Roman Catholicism (Ashamed or Redeemed?)

Phyllis Nissila ASHAMED “How (Christians) fail every day is noted by God,” said the radio preacher, “and may result in personal shame at the (Bema) judgment seat of Christ.” Her guest concurred, but he was quick to add this “assurance”: … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire 2: On Leaving Roman Catholicism

Phyllis Nissila THE POWER OF UNCERTAINTY I am reading How Mankind Committed the Ultimate Infamy at Auschwitz, a New History by Laurence Rees. He chronicles the history of the infamous World War II concentration camp with new perspective based on … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism

Phyllis Nissila If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.-Jesus If to be free is the most important goal of all, then to help someone else to be or to become free must be the … Continue reading

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