Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Paige Patterson and the Rape Victim He Shamed

    May 23, 2018 | 15:01 pm

    Paige Patterson and the Rape Victim He Shamed I have permission to tell you this story.Last Sunday night, May 20, 2018, I was resting in my chair after a long day. I typically read or write to relax, so I was multi-tasking when a "ding" sounded on my computer, informing me of a new email.I ignored it.After a few minutes, several additional "dings" indicated it was time to check my email.As is my custom, I began to scan the first email quickly since it would take too long to read each email carefully.I raced through the following email._________________________________May 20, 2018, at 6:48 PMHello Mr. Burleson,A student ( along[…]

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  • Democracies and Denominations Die in Darkness

    May 22, 2018 | 05:59 am

    Democracies and Denominations Die in Darkness The Washington Post has placed a slogan at the top of its masthead - Democracy Dies in Darkness. The paper, owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is internationally acclaimed and widely known for taking down President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal after the President's men broke into an office complex at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. to steal some very important papers. What destroyed the Nixon Presidency was the cover-up of the crime, not so much the crime itself.Bezos explained why he chose the new slogan for the paper in an interview with The Post's executive editor, Martin Baron."I think a[…]

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  • All Eyes on the Trustees of Southwestern Seminary

    May 20, 2018 | 16:00 pm

    All Eyes on the Trustees of Southwestern Seminary On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will convene behind closed doors to determine the future of President Paige Patterson. Discussions will include his living arrangements after his impending resignation, retirement, or forced termination.Over 3,200 Southern Baptist women have signed an open letter stating,  "The Southern Baptist Convention cannot allow the biblical view of leadership to be misused in such a way that a leader with an unbiblical view of authority, womanhood and sexuality be allowed to continue in leadership."The Christian Post lists 5 Things to Know about the Paige Patterson Controversy.   I have listed on my[…]

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  • Never Too Late for Grace; Never Too Old to Change

    May 16, 2018 | 17:23 pm

    Never Too Late for Grace; Never Too Old to Change The old saying "you can't teach old dogs new tricks"--though possibly challenged as to its veracity by The Dog Whisperer--is a common assumption by most.Many feel that the older a person becomes, the less likely he will ever change. Cynicism only deepens when an older person faces imminent death and "comes to Christ." Many Christians feel that "jailhouse" or "fox-hole" conversions can't be real. Professed changes of character late in life, or minutes from death, seem to create cynicism.But we who believe that the grace of God is often given in different seasons of life point to "the thief on the cross." Just[…]

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  • Tracking Sexual Predators in the SBC and the Multiple Allegations against Judge Paul Pressler

    May 16, 2018 | 05:41 am

    Tracking Sexual Predators in the SBC and the Multiple Allegations against Judge Paul Pressler Paul Pressler's Stained Glass Window at SWBTS ChapelThe Houston Chronicle reported last month that multiple men have filed sexual assault allegations against Judge Paul Pressler.Paul Pressler and Paige Patterson are the two major architects of the 1979 Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention.One of the men suing Pressler is Duane Rollins Jr, and the Houston Chronicle reports that Rollins accuses Judge Pressler in the lawsuit of raping him multiple times, beginning when Rollins was 14-years-old.Normally, one would give an accused man like Judge Paul Pressler the benefit of the doubt.However, there are three reasons why messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention should be shaken to the core by these[…]

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  • "Throw Off the View of Women that Denigrates and Objectifies Them," Dr. Sheri Klouda's Story, Part III

    May 15, 2018 | 06:17 am

    "Throw Off the View of Women that Denigrates and Objectifies Them," Dr. Sheri Klouda's Story, Part III Sheri Klouda was the Professor of Hebrew at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's School of Theology. She lost her job because the newly hired President of the SWBTS, Paige Patterson, believed that a woman should never "indulge in the exposition of Scripture," and no woman "should ever be in a position of leadership over men."Patterson's unbiblical view of a man's inherent authority over a woman and a woman's unconditional submission to a man is a toxic belief system that harms women.Sheri Klouda is evidence of this harm.The Southern Baptist Convention which proclaims belief in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Scriptures, must begin[…]

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  • The Whiteshirts Came to Know Him Only After They Knew How Much I Cared to Know Them

    May 14, 2018 | 05:00 am

    The Whiteshirts Came to Know Him Only After They Knew How Much I Cared to Know Them (In light of recent writings, those new to this blog may wrongly assume I'm most interested in the SBC. My greatest joy comes from leading people to faith in Jesus Christ. This article first published Oct. 2017)_________________________________________________Some moments move me in ways difficult to express. One such moment occurred on Sunday, October 15, 2017.As I walked through an area where we set out tables and chairs for people to eat breakfast and visit between worship services, I saw a Chinese family sitting by themselves. I sat down and had an enjoyable conversation with recent emigrants from China who now live[…]

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  • Tweet It, Read It, Understand It: The Biblical Basis for Believing Men and Women Are Always Equal

    May 11, 2018 | 08:13 am

    Tweet It, Read It, Understand It: The Biblical Basis for Believing Men and Women Are Always Equal I wrote an article ten years ago (September 2008), which is relevant today due to the current debacle being played out in the Southern Baptist Convention.If you are a Christian who believes the Bible, take your time to read through this article to familiarize yourself with the reasons why men like Paige Patterson, Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware,  Al Mohler, and organizations like the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood believe that a man should always lead, and a woman should always submit.These men teach that if the "roles" of men and women are ever reversed, it's a sign that we are living[…]

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  • Patterson Must Apologize to Those He's Harmed: Part II of Sheri Klouda's Story in Her Own Words

    May 10, 2018 | 14:23 pm

    Patterson Must Apologize to Those He's Harmed: Part II of Sheri Klouda's Story in Her Own Words This is Part II of Dr. Sheri Klouda, former Professor of Hebrew at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Part I can be read here. Dr. Patterson, when you apologize to Dr. Sheri Klouda personally, as well as other women whom you've harmed with your unbiblical beliefs about women and your patriarchal behavior toward women, your apology for your insensitivity toward women will be deemed genuine.Part II of Sheri Klouda’s story in her own words._______________________Written by Sheri KloudaIt wasn’t until the end of the academic year (May, 2004) that anything significant happened. I did my best not to wear bright colors or clothing[…]

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  • "Deep Down I Was Scared." Dr. Sheri Klouda about Her Time at SWBTS under Dr. Paige Patterson

    May 9, 2018 | 11:22 am

    "Deep Down I Was Scared." Dr. Sheri Klouda about Her Time at SWBTS under Dr. Paige Patterson Dr. Sheri Klouda (Tom Strattman, Associated Press)Dr. Sheri Klouda served as Professor of Hebrew at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas from 2002 to 2006.  In 2003, Paige Patterson became President of Southwestern Theological Seminary.  Patterson eventually released Dr. Klouda from her faculty position at the seminary because she was a woman.I've written extensively on Dr. Klouda and the dark days she endured. Shortly after her termination, Sheri's husband had his leg amputated, and then in 2014, he died from his heart condition. Dr. Klouda relocated away from the south and from her family of origin to find work.[…]

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