Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • The Greatest Showman, PT Barnum, and True Joy

    Apr 20, 2018 | 13:15 pm

    The Greatest Showman, PT Barnum, and True Joy Last night, Rachelle and I watched The Greatest Showman.We loved it. I'm not a musical kind of guy. I lost all my front teeth playing football, separated my shoulder three times playing softball, and still comprehend manhood through athletic competition.But oh how I wish I could sing like Hugh Jackman (aka. Wolverine).As I listened to Hugh sing From Now On, the joy within my heart was almost unspeakable. Rachelle and I could literally feel the music, but the words primarily moved me:I drank champagne with kings and queensThe politicians praised my nameBut those are someone else's dreamsThe pitfalls of the man[…]

  • Political Correctness Is a Loss of Individual Liberty

    Apr 19, 2018 | 09:49 am

    Political Correctness Is a Loss of Individual Liberty During October and November of 2015, something happened on the campus of Yale University that few Americans living in the midwest even know occurred.What happened at Yale a little over two years ago serves as a microcosm of the problems we are facing in the United States today.Individual liberties are being removed. Americans are being coerced to accept specific cultural ideologies and forcibly silenced from speaking opposing views. The land of liberty is becoming a tributary of totalitarianism.The 2015 controversy at Yale started with an email from the administration to students.  Halloween was approaching, and school administrators encouraged students to refrain from wearing insensitive costumes[…]

  • Internal Strength to Break Free of Spiritual Abuse

    Apr 11, 2018 | 06:15 am

    Internal Strength to Break Free of Spiritual Abuse I have written in the past about church and religious leaders using their so-called spiritual authority to control people in their churches. Attempts to control others is the number one problem of leaders in religious organizations. It's called spiritual abuse.Spiritual abuse isn't pretty. The abuse is done "in the name of the Lord,." This kind of abuse has subtle but enormous power. The religious abuser who controls and manipulates others for personal or institutional advantage proclaims his words and actions are "the will of God."Spiritual abuse, regardless of the religion where it occurs, is a profound problem. So how does one[…]

  • Jesus Is the True Israel in the Everlasting Covenant

    Apr 10, 2018 | 04:30 am

    Jesus Is the True Israel in the Everlasting Covenant Orthodox Jews and evangelical Christians have very little in common. The English usage of the adjective Judeo-Christian may make a person think that evangelicalism and orthodox Judaism are similar. The two religions have little in common.Admittedly, Judeo-Christian sounds more pleasant to the ears than Islamic-Christian to most American Christians, but there's about as much in common between religious Muslims and evangelicals as there is between religious Jews and evangelicals.Don't misunderstand. I have some wonderful, delightful friends who are orthodox Jews and orthodox Muslims. I cherish our friendship and know my Jewish and Islamic friends to be just as American as I, and[…]

  • Eternal LIFE Is a Gift to Some not a Given for All

    Apr 7, 2018 | 12:38 pm

    Eternal LIFE Is a Gift to Some not a Given for All LIFE.Try to define it.It's not as easy as you might think. Living things tend to be complex and highly organized.A biologist, physicist, geneticist, and spiritualist all define life differently.So the only definition of life that really matters is the one that comes from the Author of life."The breath of the Almighty gives me life" (Job 33:4). God's covenant name in Hebrew is the sound of "breath" (Heb. יהוה‬) This Hebrew name for God is YHWH using English letters. It is without vowels in both Hebrew and English and is not even vocalized by orthodox Jews during their prayers.English speaking Christians will add vowels[…]

  • Four Reasons Why Every Christian Should Feel Free to Question or Criticize Christian Leaders

    Apr 4, 2018 | 13:18 pm

    Four Reasons Why Every Christian Should Feel Free to Question or Criticize Christian Leaders I recently read where popular evangelical author and speaker Francis Chan warned Christians not to criticize 'anointed' Christian leaders like himself on social media.Sigh. If a soldier could blindfold, beat, and berate my Christ - and the Messiah remained silent - then one might think we Christian "leaders" might want to imitate the Christ from whom we derive our name "Christian."It seems Christ would have us remain silent in the face of attack rather than to issue warnings against the accusers.But what about the verse many Christian leaders quote as support warning others that they should refrain from criticizing or questioning Christian leaders? "Do[…]

  • Oklahoma's Educational Funding Problem Is Real

    Apr 2, 2018 | 06:26 am

    Oklahoma's Educational Funding Problem Is Real Oklahoma's teachers are heading to the state capital in Oklahoma City to protest state government's lack of educational funding over the past three decades. Many of the sharpest, most dedicated people I know are public school teachers. They have a difficult, often thankless job. In my estimation, Oklahoma teachers do need additional state funding to make their classrooms conducive to learning and their careers capable of supporting a family. In their shoes, most Oklahomans would not do differently than what Oklahoma teachers are doing today.I also know many politicians in Oklahoma and have great respect for their dedication to our state.[…]

  • The Marshall Islands and Our Man in the Marshalls

    Mar 27, 2018 | 13:39 pm

    The Marshall Islands and Our Man in the Marshalls It snowed in the Pacific Ocean on March 1, 1954, or so it seemed to the fishermen casting their nets for tuna near the Marshall Islands on that early Monday morning.Big, white flakes were falling from the sky.The men on the Lucky Dragon #5 fishing boat marveled at the falling flakes. One fisherman palmed a snowflake and put it in his mouth. It didn't melt, nor did it have any taste. The fisherman quickly spat out the gritty flake.It wasn't snow.Pulverized, radioactive coral was falling from the sky as in a winter snowstorm. The men on the boat concentrated on[…]

  • Christ's Kingdom is Both a Kingdom and a Kindom

    Mar 20, 2018 | 09:10 am

    Christ's Kingdom is Both a Kingdom and a Kindom In preparation for Resurrection services on April 1, 2018, our Production Director, Brian Sallee, placed a "glass globe" within a stage light so a cross made of different English words will be projected on the front wall.One of the words on the bottom right of the cross looks like a misspelling. It's the word KINDOM"Somebody forget the 'G'" - will be the response of many on Easter Sunday.Not really.It's intentional.Christ's Kingdom is both a Kingdom and a Kindom.The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is the place where He reigns in the hearts of His people. He reigns now in our hearts, and one[…]

  • Richard Nixon and Remembering People's Names

    Mar 9, 2018 | 14:22 pm

    Richard Nixon and Remembering People's Names Yesterday I had the privilege of having breakfast with 83-year-old Dr. Jack Dancer and his son Brian Dancer. Brian is a new member of Emmanuel Enid, the church that I pastor, and his father was in town for a visit. Brian knew I'd be interested in some of the stories his dad tells, so they invited me to breakfast.Dr. Dancer is a surgeon and a fascinating man. He is a graduate of George Washington University's medical school, a former professor of surgery at OU Medical School, a highly successful Air Force surgeon who was commissioned to be the surgeon on[…]