Category: Commentary

Our Final Post

Hello Ishshah’s Story friends, Have you noticed that God frequently moves in our lives by the principle of seasons?  Just as the coming and going of natural seasons seize our attention with changes in the atmosphere around us – leaves turning from green to red, daylight hours becoming shorter, temperatures rising or falling – so…

The Mystery of Jesus’ Birth

I love a good mystery.  It’s fun to watch the clues come and the story unfold until at the end it becomes clear what really happened.  In December of last year I wrote an article called Celebrating Christmas where I stated that “Clues from the Word let us know that the birth of Christ actually…

Women and Priesthood

Recently one of the world’s foremost Christian leaders reiterated his organisation’s official stance excluding women from the priesthood. Elsewhere in the Christian world woman’s entitlement to ordination on an equal basis with her male counterparts is still being hotly debated and is far from settled. Women who believe they are being called by God to…

Reclaiming The Magdalene

Who was Mary Magdalene? How much of what we think we know about her is myth, innuendo, or fabrication? Can we clear away the false from the true, remove the layers of unsubstantiated church tradition, Hollywood fiction, rock musicals and imaginings of modern novelists to discover the real Mary Magdalene, friend and disciple of Christ…

Martha Martha

“Who’s coming over, Ma?” I had just washed the floor in the entrance and dining room, vacuumed the living room, started the dishwasher and was scrubbing finger prints off the fridge door. “That’s not fair!” I told my son. “You guys always say that. What makes you think someone is coming over? Maybe I’m cleaning…

Numbers in Scripture – Part 2

It  occurred to me after posting the first article on numbers that I had not mentioned one of the activities I find enlightening when I come upon any list of things in Scripture.  For example, look at 1 John 1:1 and count how many things are stated concerning the Word of Life; 1. That which…

Numbers in Scripture

I don’t remember exactly when I began to see the spiritual truths found in patterns and numbers in the Bible but it has been an ongoing discovery that has continued to open my eyes to this day.  The consistency of meaning throughout a book written by different people over thousands of years testifies to God…

Women Jesus Honored Part Two

You are invited to read Part One of this article here. The Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:21-28) There were a few occasions where Jesus healed Gentiles (non-Jews), but  usually they occurred when He was approached by Gentiles in Jewish territory. In the story of the Canaanite woman (sometimes called the Syro-Phoenecian woman) Jesus seems to have deliberately travelled into…

Women Jesus Honored Part One

In the patriarchal society in which Jesus lived, He dealt daily with the prominent male religious leaders, Roman authorities, tax collectors, lawyers, scribes, and others who were the public face of that society.  He commended some and rebuked others.  But He was also keenly aware of the less noticeable females ever present in the background, going out…

Day by Day

She didn’t know me anymore. To be honest, I didn’t know her anymore either. The child in this old woman’s body was like a fictional character to me. I had heard stories about her but I didn’t know how to talk to her. She was my mother, and yet she was not. In her mind…

Hope for the Betrayed

I’ve learned to pay attention when unusual co-incidences occur in my life. When the same book or the same topics pop up in random conversation and unexpected places I tend to wonder if there is a reason. The recurring topic this week was about people who have been deeply wounded by experiences in the church;…

A Call To Action

The following post is written by our editorial team member Pat Joyce.  Pat is having computer problems and has asked me to upload this article for her.  May it challenge and inspire you! These past few weeks have been filled with the horrors of terrorism and violence around the globe. It is hard to believe…

Are Women Also Sons?

While Cheryl McGrath, our blessed sister in Christ and founder of Ishshah’s Story, is enjoying the last bit of her brief sabbatical, we are pleased to offer Cheryl’s wisdom and voice once again in this second post “from the archives”.  Recently someone expressed concern when I posted a scripture reference to Galatians 3:26 on the…

The Couch

“The greatest freedom is having nothing to prove.” – R.T. Kendall When I look at the big comfy couch and overstuffed armchair here in my living room, I think of open-hearted conversations with friends. I think of the times people have trusted me with their stories as we sat on sofas covered in white brocade,…

Living Blessed!

I love study and have particularly found that exploring the meaning of words in the original Bible language opens my understanding and clarifies the author’s intent. It is the Bible in the original languages that is God-breathed, not the King James or New American Standard or any of the multitude of other translations. Basing comprehension…

Carrying the Light

My friend and I drove around back roads looking for inspiration. Springtime in the Rockies, when trees blossom and snow gleams on mountain peaks above greening valleys, is a joyous time for amateur photographers. We understand that journeys can be destinations in themselves. While checking out a village by the river we passed an abandoned…

Encouraging the Encourager

Have you ever been starved for encouragement? I think I see a global version of “the wave” passing across my computer screen. You too, huh? If anything, there is encouragement in the fact that none of us are alone in the need for encouragement. No man or woman is an island. We’ve all climbed that…

Behold

My dear friend suggested we spend a day together worshiping God in the beauty of the nature, outside of the buildings where we usually meet. We spent Sunday driving on the back roads in the countryside here in the valley in Southern British Columbia between the Rockies and the Purcell Mountains. We stopped to admire…

Taking the Promised Land

Back in the 70’s I attended an Aglow retreat where the speaker gave a message that has stayed with me all these years. It had to do with the tribes that inhabited the Promised Land and were to be driven out. It is one of those wonderful truths hidden in the Old Testament that might…