Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Jesus Died Most Likely Died on the Mount of Olives

    Apr 25, 2019 | 03:32 am

    Jesus Died Most Likely Died on the Mount of Olives Any casual perusal of the Old Testament reveals that the Hebrew people worshiped God through a very elaborate sacrificial system.There were the daily national "morning and evening sacrifices." offered by the priests on behalf of the entire Hebrew nation. There were special sacrifices on annual national "holy days" (holidays) which revolved around the seven annual Hebrew festivals. And then there were sacrifices offered by individuals during specific times of need (e.g., "leprosy") as well as after committing specific sins. But there was one special sacrifice offered by the High Priest which was not daily, nor even annual. It was offered whenever the ashes of the previous sacrifice had been depleted through[…]

  • When Talk Doesn't Match Walk Others Will Balk

    Apr 23, 2019 | 18:53 pm

    When Talk Doesn't Match Walk Others Will Balk One of the reasons the world has such a hard time with Christianity, particularly when Christians get caught in scandals, is that we Christians have the poor habit of spiritualizing our talk, attaching God to just about everything we say, while He is far from what we do.Christians are often the worst kind of sinners. We smoothly speak a spiritual language designed to cover a sensual lifestyle.We must stop speaking as if everything we do is God directed and find the humility to speak truthfully about our agendas, our need for control and power, and our self-absorption.If we were to[…]

  • James MacDonald and Christianity Today

    Apr 22, 2019 | 05:00 am

    James MacDonald and Christianity Today Last week I wrote an article entitled Boys and Their Toys: Understanding the Southern Baptist Convention's Celebrity Leadership Politics. In essence, I challenged Christianity Today's decision to publish a guest editorial (Nov.2, 2018), written by James MacDonald, the pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel. In his CT guest editorial, Pastor James MacDonald defended his decision to file suit against three families - Julie Roys, Scott Bryant, Ryan Mahoney, and the men's respective spouses - for their writing of articles that outlined what the authors believed to be Pastor MacDonald's' gross mismanagement of people, resources, and ministries at Harvest Bible Chapel. Eventually, James MacDonald dropped the suit that[…]

  • It's Thursday, But Sunday's Coming!

    Apr 18, 2019 | 05:00 am

    It's Thursday, But Sunday's Coming! All followers of Jesus believe that Christ died and rose from the grave. This is foundational to the Christian faith. The Scriptures declare that God delivers those with this faith (Romans 3:25), and without it, no one has hope of pleasing God (Hebrews 11:6).However, more than a few people believe Christ died and rose from the dead without knowing when and why He died.Knowledge about the details of Christ's death and resurrection immeasurably strengthen one's conviction and assurance that Christianity is not one of many possible valid religions, but is the body of truth once delivered by God to us (Jude 1:3).Jesus Christ died on Thursday, not Friday.If this[…]

  • The Shortsighted Thinking of "Peace for Our Time"

    Apr 16, 2019 | 07:12 am

    The Shortsighted Thinking of "Peace for Our Time" When England's Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940) made peace with Adolph Hitler at the 1938 Munich Pact, he triumphantly declared "There is peace for our time."Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler has gone down in history as one of the worst decisions of the modern age. 6,000,000 Jews eventually lost their lives through the Holocaust. Chamberlain may have secured peace for his time, but the long-term consequences were horrific.Many have wondered where Chamberlain came up with the phrase "Peace for our time" At best, it was a hollow boast, at worst, it was an intentional attempt to postpone conflict by attaching it to the future. "Let[…]

  • I Use Sonix to Transcribe Audio Recorded Sermons

    Apr 13, 2019 | 09:15 am

    I Use Sonix to Transcribe Audio Recorded Sermons I've been a pastor and public speaker for over 35 years.All those jokes about pastors working one day a week are familiar to me. I laugh at them too, but if you've been a pastor for any length of time, you know that those jokes aren't even close to the truth.Optically, pastors are seen once a week by most people.Practically, pastors work every day of the week.The hurting and the dying are in the numerical minority, but they make up the majority of the workload for pastors between those times the pastor is working on fresh, relevant sermon series, or[…]

  • The Light of a New Day at Southwestern Seminary

    Apr 11, 2019 | 07:14 am

    The Light of a New Day at Southwestern Seminary Last week, a graduating college senior from our church asked me which seminary he should attend.Without hesitation, I said, "Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Its campus is near where you live. It's heading in the right direction. You'll be a part of a new legacy." The college graduate enrolled yesterday. Difficult news will be coming out of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary later today. When you first hear of the faculty reductions, you may unwittingly assume the wrong things. You may assume Southwestern is now in trouble. Nope. Southwestern was in trouble. The present leadership is doing what is necessary to get[…]

  • Boys and Their Toys: Understanding the Southern Baptist Convention's Celebrity Leadership Politics

    Apr 10, 2019 | 12:03 pm

    Boys and Their Toys: Understanding the Southern Baptist Convention's Celebrity Leadership Politics Photo: Courtesy of The Christian PostPeople who know me well will tell you that I tend to fight for the underdog and never hesitate to face down the big dog.My wife knows that this penchant for rescuing the defenseless, resisting the domineering, and restoring the destroyed comes from my childhood.The memory of having successfully resisted an older boy's attempt to bully me forever engraved and sealed those emotions in my memory wall.It's one of the reasons I fell out of favor with the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2005.It might not be too much of an exaggeration to[…]

  • A Helpful Tip When You Start Watching the Clock

    Apr 5, 2019 | 07:08 am

    A Helpful Tip When You Start Watching the Clock We're late. We're stressed. We're in a relationship with one who isn't as stressed and isn't paying attention to the clock like we are.We're waiting.We're watching the seconds tick off the clock.We feel our internal engine building combustible steam.And then we explode.Far more marriages and relationships are destroyed by clock-watching than most people can fathom. But there's not one person who hasn't experienced the fractures that come from it.The clock has a way of separating husbands from wives, parents from children, friends from friends.But maybe it's the way we view the clock that's the problem, not time itself?God gave His ancient people, the Hebrews,[…]

  • As Honey Is Sweet to Taste, So Wisdom to the Soul

    Apr 4, 2019 | 11:59 am

    As Honey Is Sweet to Taste, So Wisdom to the Soul Edward's Manuscript on Prov. 24:13Throughout the Proverbs, King Solomon continually seeks to prepare his son, heir to the throne of Israel, for the moment when power, pleasure, and prestige would be his without measure.Thus, Solomon continually writes, "My son" or "My son, forget not..." or "My son, eat honey because it is good and sweet to your taste, just as wisdom is sweet to your soul" (Proverbs 24:13).Solomon is a good father to his son Rehoboam, but he is also a good father to all of us who believe in the God of Israel.Wisdom is good for the soul.Jonathan Edwards[…]