Tag: Bible teaching

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Manoah’s Wife

Tucked away in the Old Testament book of Judges there is a woman many of us may not have heard about. As the Bible does not disclose her name, we know her only as Manoah’s wife. Her story is found in Judges 13:1-24. Manoah’s wife lived during a period of Israel’s history when the nation…

Scrubbing The Competition

Ishshah’s Story is delighted to present an insightful guest post today from Tiffany Clark.  Tiffany teaches (and is taught) Spiritual Formation in an M.A. program offered for Christian leaders throughout Africa and Asia. In her various writing projects, Tiffany prefers grappling with the Scriptures in the context of messy life struggles to tidy, simplistic answers. Her current office…

Is It Time For You to Be Our Guest?

Got something that needs saying? A lesson learned, an inspiration, a moment of wisdom, a revelation, a story to tell, a beautiful creation?   There will be no better time than now. Take a look at the multiple ways you can share on our Ishshah’s Story blog site. Ishshah’s Story is your story!  We want to hear it, we…

In Whose Image?

One of the most common accusations levelled at women by those who advocate male leadership in church and home (and some would add society in general), is that Eve (Ishshah) disobeyed God and led Adam into sin. For this reason, they say, God ordained that ‘her husband would rule over her’ (Gen. 3:16). In fact,…

Are Women Also Sons?

Recently someone expressed concern when I posted a scripture reference to Galatians 3:26 on the Ishshah’s Story Facebook page. The verse says: ‘For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.’ (NASB) Some translations use ‘children’ rather than ‘sons’, but I deliberately chose that particular translation in an attempt to open up…

The Parable of Bonnie

Bonnie came to sleep on our porch last February.   We live in Texas where it seldom gets cold enough to freeze.  When it does we cover our plants to protect them.  We had a cold snap and following the freeze it rained and the sheets I had used to cover the plants got wet.  I…

The Reluctant Bride

Author’s Note: The following was recently published on Wellspring of Life in a continuing series entitled Vineyard Days, featuring teaching posts from the Song of Songs and John 15 – Jesus and His church, the Bride of Christ. Until when does the day blow, and the shadows flee away? Turn, my Beloved, and be like…

Is Eve Responsible?

Familiarity with the first three chapters of Genesis is critical as it is here that we see God’s original plan, how we messed it up and the first hint that He has had a solution from the beginning.  In my post in April we looked at the fallacies that have been put forth about the…

The Lady From Number 31

I’ve been noticing a resurgence in interest in the blogosphere lately in the proverbial ‘virtuous’ wife of Proverbs 31.  The Junia Project has a good article here and there’s another here by Rachel Held Evans. I agree with the excellent insights in these posts, but I also have a slightly different perspective on the Proverbs 31 wife…

Seeking The Wise Women

    Have you heard about the wise woman of Abel? The story is related in 2 Samuel 20. In Old Testament Israel it is believed ‘wise women’ were women elders who held positions of influence and authority in certain cities. In this particular instance a wise woman of Abel-beth-maacah negotiated with Israel’s most senior…