Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • A 10 Fold Challenge to Prove Female Subordination

    Jun 24, 2019 | 12:39 pm

    A 10 Fold Challenge to Prove Female Subordination In 2007 I warned the Southern Baptist Convention that we were in the midst of a sexual abuse crisis that needed addressing and correcting. In 2019, the SBC woke to the abuse crisis. Now we are in another crisis. Certain Southern Baptists leaders have a deficient, unbiblical view of women. In short, some SBC men believe SBC women should keep silent and submit to male leadership. In 2030, this crisis will be over as well. It just takes the SBC a little while to correctly interpret the sacred and inerrant text. Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian is a biblical scholar who understands what the sacred text teaches about[…]

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  • "Headship" Is Either the Design of the Creator or a Description of the Curse and It's Really That Simple

    Jun 18, 2019 | 15:25 pm

    "Headship" Is Either the Design of the Creator or a Description of the Curse and It's Really That Simple Wade and Rachelle Burleson teaching on Sunday morningThe Bible is a collection of many books with one theme. Restoration. In Genesis, God brings Creation into a perfect existence.But throughout history, beginning at the Fall, mankind corrupts Creation's orderIn the Scriptures, God reveals His purpose to redeem man and to restore Creation to its original state (eg. Paradise Restored).In Revelation, God finishes His restorative work by bringing mankind and Creation back to their original purpose (eg. redemption).The way man and woman (Adam) was at Creation is the way man and woman (Adam) will be in the New Creation.At the time of Creation, the Bible[…]

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  • The Russell Moore of 2007 and the Russell Moore of 2019 Illustrates Baptists Can Change Our Minds

    Jun 16, 2019 | 09:04 am

    The Russell Moore of 2007 and the Russell Moore of 2019 Illustrates Baptists Can Change Our Minds Dr. Russell Moore speaking at the 2019 SBCOne of the more remarkable moments in the 2019 Birmingham Southern Baptist Convention occurred during the question and answer portion of Dr. Russell Moore report from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).A young man asked Dr. Moore about a comment that Russell had made in 2007 that indicated he believed a woman should never "teach a man" or "preach to men."The young man read Moore's 2007 quote in full, then asked:"Is this still your position on women preaching in the church?"Dr. Moore gave a lengthy response that included these words:"The idea that[…]

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  • A Fixation on Authority Is a Sign the Spirit Has Left

    Jun 14, 2019 | 05:45 am

    A Fixation on Authority Is a Sign the Spirit Has Left Attending the "For Such a Time As This" rally (6/11/19)Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographerIt's been my privilege this week to be a small part of the reform that is beginning to take place within the Southern Baptist Convention to help stop an epidemic of sexual abuse. Some of the stories I've heard shared this week, many for the first time, are fuel for my soul. It gives me the incentive to keep doing everything I can to bring down power bases built on fraudulent authority. Predators prey with power. Abusers are armed with authority. If one wishes to end[…]

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  • A Fresh Pastoral Perspective on the Changing SBC

    Jun 13, 2019 | 07:01 am

    A Fresh Pastoral Perspective on the Changing SBC Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographerIf one has never been to the Southern Baptist Convention, the best way to describe the experience is "the world's largest business meeting run by parliamentary rules." There are enormous exhibit halls attached to the Convention arena where any agency, educational institution, or business affiliated with the SBC can set up booths to pass out more information.The SBC is also like a family reunion.Just like dysfunctional families, there are some members that love to see you, and others that you can tell wish you'd skipped the reunion.I love all the SBC family, even those[…]

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  • Sex Abuse in the SBC and Taking Steps To Stop It

    Jun 12, 2019 | 06:06 am

    Sex Abuse in the SBC and Taking Steps To Stop It Sexual abuse survivors in a meeting after Tuesdays SBCThis 2019 Southern Baptist Convention, which is the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Houston SBC which began what some call the Conservative Resurgence, will go down in history as the Stop Sexual Abuse Convention.In 2005, my first year as a trustee of the International Mission Board, I discovered that the SBC had a patriarchal power problem. Men in denominational leadership were doing everything they could to exclude women from leadership,  from teaching others Gospel truth, and from doing anything that "imitated the authority of a male." I won't take time to recount[…]

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  • I Now See Why They Say Women Are Not to Preach

    Jun 10, 2019 | 17:19 pm

    I Now See Why They Say Women Are Not to Preach Co-Equal, Co-Regents, Co-Heirs of ChristI arrived at the Birmingham Convention Center very early Monday morning to register for the 2019 SBC and to attend the Founder’s Conference all-day seminar on Mature Manhood in an Immature World.First, let me say that Dr. Tom Ascol, the head of the SBC Founder’s Conference is a very humble man of character. He and I had some good conversations face-to-face today. Everyone with the Founders treated me cordially. I could tell there were hurt feelings from some, mostly family members of the men I charged with bullying Beth Moore. But we worked through it.Second, after sitting[…]

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  • 'Tie an Animal to a Tether and It Will Know the End of the Rope by Morning'- The SBC and Its Women

    Jun 8, 2019 | 08:14 am

    'Tie an Animal to a Tether and It Will Know the End of the Rope by Morning'- The SBC and Its Women The "tie an animal to a tether" quote in this blog's title comes from Cotton Mather, but it was used by a strict complementarian pastor last week to justify tethering Christian women so they aren't allowed to lead, instruct, guide, or 'imitate the authority' of a male. To tie a tether to women so they don't "imitate the authority of a male," according to this strict complementarian pastor, is the only way to prevent women from sinning against God for doing things they shouldn't be doing (see his quote at the 1 minute and 25 second mark of this video),It seems[…]

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  • The 2019 SBC Pastors' and Founders' Conferences

    Jun 6, 2019 | 06:18 am

    The 2019 SBC Pastors' and Founders' Conferences Yonat Shimron and Adelle Banks are a couple of really fine reporters who write for the Religious News Service (RNS). I've spoken to them on a number of occasions. Adelle will be at this year's Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama to work on articles that both women will be contributing to RNS throughout the Convention. Yesterday, Yonat and Adelle co-authored a piece on Beth Moore and the SBC entitled Beth Moore's Ministry Reignites Debate Over Whether Women Can Preach.It's a fair, balanced article. I spent about 30 minutes on the phone with Yonat.  We discussed the 2000 Baptist Faith and[…]

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  • D-Day, Vance Air Force Base, and Leon 'Bob' Vance

    Jun 5, 2019 | 09:39 am

    D-Day, Vance Air Force Base, and Leon 'Bob' Vance Wade and Rachelle at Vance, Enid, OKThe photo of Rachelle and me (left) was taken at the invitation of Col. Paul Vicars, my mentor when I served as an Honorary Commander at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma.Vance's mission is to train world-class pilots for the United States Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and its Allies and to prepare the Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) to deploy in support of the combatant commanders.Rachelle and I have developed some wonderful friendships with the men and women from Vance.  From current  Commander Col. Corey Simmons and his wife Dawn, Col. Andy Hamann[…]

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