Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Deconstructingthe U.S. Using Critical Race Theory

    Jun 21, 2021 | 08:00 am

    Deconstructingthe U.S. Using Critical Race Theory This past Sunday's Oklahoman (06.20.2021) featured a front-page article on Critical Race Theory.  My friend Carla Hinton, the superb Faith Editor for The Oklahoman, wrote the article. Carla  correctly quotes me saying, "Critical Race Theory has nothing to do with Christianity." But the pastor of Oklahoma City's 5th Street Baptist Church, Byron Coleman III, is then quoted in response to my statement,  "Jesus was concerned with the lost, the least and the oppressed. How does it not fit in that? Because it doesn't fit in the narrative of white impunity." I am accustomed to Baptist pastors disagreeing with me. For example, I believe the Bible teaches that both[…]

  • President Andrew Jackson’s Conversion to Christ

    Jun 17, 2021 | 17:58 pm

    President Andrew Jackson’s Conversion to Christ Andrew Jackson is my favorite President of all United States Presidents.Jackson eclipses Lincoln, Washington, and Reagan in my opinion, not so much due to his policies, but more for his life. In Jackson’s own words, “I was created for a storm. Calm does not suit me.” Americans today only hear the rightful criticisms of Jackson's Indian Removal Act and his lack of opposition to slavery, while never hearing the monumental things this founder of the Democrat Party accomplished on behalf of our nation.Forgetting to appraise people according to their culture and times will sometimes lead us to mistakenly dismiss the worthy.[…]

  • How a Generation Z'er Named David Bumgardner Illustrated the Prerequisites for Real SBC Revival

    Jun 15, 2021 | 21:34 pm

    How a Generation Z'er Named David Bumgardner Illustrated the Prerequisites for Real SBC Revival The 2021 SBC Convention in Nashville will be remembered for a large number of messengers, messes, and motions.And not surprisingly, there were the obligatory calls for "revival in the SBC." I hear calls for "revival" every year, but the SBC seems to be in a perpetual decline. What does it take to bring about genuine revival? A young messenger named David Bumgardner deftly illustrated today what it takes to unite a Convention in mission and purpose. David works at Cornerstone, my friend Dwight McKissic's church in Arlington, Texas. David had applied to be an intern at Emmanuel Enid, Oklahoma, a couple of[…]

  • A Nation Collapses by First Removing Belief in God

    Jun 12, 2021 | 08:56 am

    A Nation Collapses by First Removing Belief in God People ask me often, "Why are you a Baptist?" My short answer surprises most. "I believe in the separation of church and state." But you must be careful to understand what I'm saying.A nation must have citizens with primary allegiance to God or that nation will lose its merit.  Our Founding Fathers believed that the best American citizens, institutions, and leaders were only those who believe and teach that every individual is ultimately accountable to God.When I say "separation of church and state," I mean that we must keep the government out of religion, but religion must be in our government[…]

  • Wake Up! Critical Race Theory, a Tool of Marxism

    Jun 10, 2021 | 10:31 am

    Wake Up! Critical Race Theory, a Tool of Marxism Xi Van Fleet Speaks to Virginia School BoardA Chinese mother,  Xi Van Fleet, who endured Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution before immigrating to the U.S., and whose children attend a Virginia public school, ripped her children's Virginia school board at a public meeting Tuesday, June 8, 2021, over its stubborn support of the controversial critical race theory."I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools," Xi Van Fleet told the Loudoun County School Board members. "You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history."She likened CRT, which critics deride[…]

  • Hope in the LORD and Soar on High Like a Vulture

    Jun 5, 2021 | 15:18 pm

    Hope in the LORD and Soar on High Like a Vulture "Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shallrun and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."                                                               Isaiah 40:39A Griffin vulture in IsraelThe Hebrew word is רֶ שֶׁנ - nesher  - and it is usually translated “eagle” in most English Bible translations, but it is a word that most often refers to a vulture in Hebrew cultures. I think[…]

  • This Memorial Day and Vance Air Force Base, Enid

    May 31, 2021 | 14:12 pm

    This Memorial Day and Vance Air Force Base, Enid Someone once said that "If you can pick up a book and read it thank a teacher. If you can read the book in English thank a soldier." Today, Memorial Day 2021,  I would like to thank the two men to the left for helping me read in English and not German. My paternal grandfather Reed Burleson fought at the Battle of the Bulge and received multiple medals, including the Purple Heart. My maternal grandfather Fred Cherry also fought on the battlefields of Europe, riding in his jeep that he nicknamed "John 3:16." Thanks to my mom, Mary Burleson, for the photographs. I pause to remember my[…]

  • "Divide and Conquer" Is the Tactic of Marxist China

    May 27, 2021 | 05:16 am

    "Divide and Conquer" Is the Tactic of Marxist China The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)In early 2020, I posted that the SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19) virus came from a Chinese military biomedical laboratory in WUHAN, CHINA. I explained why this should be concerning to all Americans regardless of whether the Chinese military released the virus accidentally or intentionally. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had long studied how to weaponize coronaviruses against humans in their military biomedical research lab in WUHAN. Leading Chinese scientists from that Chinese laboratory have been missing since 2019. Even their families have no idea what has happened to them.The Chinese government shut down domestic travel in China in[…]

  • "Show Me Your Papers" Is Now The State's Control

    May 22, 2021 | 06:28 am

    "Show Me Your Papers" Is Now The State's Control Zeigen Sie mir Ihre Papiere!Zeigen Sie mir Ihre Papiere!The German words "Show me your papers!" sent chills up the spine of every German-born Jew in 1938-39. German society had been programmed to believe that Jews were vermin, disease carriers that disrupted the clean culture of German society. National Public Radio - not your average American conservative radio network - outlines in an article how the German Nazis used the word rats to describe the Jews, and justified their extermination because they were unclean disease carriers. On Friday, May 21, 2021, Oregon, became the first state in the USA to require that[…]

  • The Roots of Israel's Conflict with the Palestinians

    May 18, 2021 | 17:51 pm

    If you are a person bewildered by the animosity between Arabs and Jews, and if you scratch your head trying to understand the centuries-long conflict between Palestinians and Israelis – a bitter fight over a claim both make on a piece of land called Israel (if you are an Israeli) and Palestine (if you are an Arab), then I would encourage you to read this short summary of the Arab/Israeli conflict. The next few minutes of reading might save you from a lifetime of confusion.In 2000 B.C., a young man named Abram was “called by God” out of the land of[…]