Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Frenemies of the Faith and Misogynistic Ministers

    Oct 20, 2019 | 15:30 pm

    Frenemies of the Faith and Misogynistic Ministers Women and the Christian ChurchChristian social media entered a firestorm this past weekend over two words uttered by John MacArthur about Christian teacher/preacher Beth Moore. At a conference this past week at Grace Community Church, the 80-year-old MacArthur said about Beth, "Go home."MacArthur believes that Beth Moore or any other Christian woman who dares to teach God's Word to others should go home and be the wife, mother, and person God intends for them to be and leave it to the men to give spiritual direction to others. MacArthur believes Christian men are to be the leaders and Christian women are to be the[…]

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  • '5 Reasons Socialism Is Not Christian' by Julie Roys

    Oct 18, 2019 | 06:41 am

    '5 Reasons Socialism Is Not Christian' by Julie Roys The Christian Post is a wonderful way to keep up on current events and news from a Christian world-view. I'd highly recommend my readers follow The Christian Post.Recently, a woman named Julie Roys wrote an op-ed for The Christian Post entitled 5 Reasons Socialism Is Not Christian. In recent years I've come to admire Julie for her leadership in the Christian church at large and her courage in confronting abusive leaders in specific churches. Her writing and speaking is also quite insightful.  I wish all my young readers, especially millennials, would take the time to read Julie's Christian Post editorial. For[…]

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  • I Find Myself in a Levite Priest Named Shabbethai

    Oct 15, 2019 | 12:59 pm

    I Find Myself in a Levite Priest Named Shabbethai Shabbethai.It is spelled שבתי in Hebrew.It's an ancient name that means "my rest" or even possibly "the rest of Yahweh" since the yod in Hebrew could actually be an abbreviation for the LORD'S covenant name (Yahweh).The name Shabbethai comes from the Hebrew word shabbat, from which we get our English word "sabbath." Sabbath means "rest."Shabbethai is the name of a Levite priest who is mentioned three separate times in the Bible (Nehemiah 8:7; Nehemiah 11:16; and Ezra 10:15).From those three references we learn three things about this priest:1. Shabbethai was a "guide or teacher of God's ways (the Torah)" to[…]

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  • Who Are the Kurds and Why Should America Care?

    Oct 10, 2019 | 07:31 am

    Who Are the Kurds and Why Should America Care? The Kurdish people are under attack by the erratic President Erdogan of Turkey, the modern-day equivalent of Adolph Hitler.For the sake of Kurdistan and the lives of the Kurds, I can not understand why President Trump is siding with President Erdogan.Who are the Kurdish people?They are the Medes in the Bible. They are the descendants of Madai, one of the sixteen grandsons of Noah (see Genesis 10:2).The Medes settled in Amida, a city that carried their name (a-madai). Amida was renamed Diyarbakur in the 7th century AD by the conquering Muslim Arabs during during the early Muslim conquests of Persia.  The Arabs[…]

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  • Pride Stains Us All and Is Erased By a Painful Fall

    Oct 9, 2019 | 12:21 pm

    Pride Stains Us All and Is Erased By a Painful Fall Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:1-4)If anyone were to ask me how a true Christian can be identified in today's world, it would[…]

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  • Red River Showdown in the Cotton Bowl Est. 1930

    Oct 7, 2019 | 14:21 pm

    Red River Showdown in the Cotton Bowl Est. 1930 It is Red River Showdown Week.Oklahoma vs. Texas.Rachelle and I will be in Dallas this Saturday with friends watching the game at Texas State Fair's Cotton Bowl.I always get a little sentimental this time of year.The FIRST game ever played in the stadium that is now called the Cotton Bowl occurred Saturday, October 18, 1930.OU end Fred CherryThe Cotton Bowl, initially called "Fair Park Stadium," was built during five spring and summer months in 1930. The first college football game played in the new stadium was between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns. My maternal grandfather, Fred Cherry, (picture[…]

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  • An Examination of the Body Ritual of the Nacirema

    Oct 3, 2019 | 14:01 pm

    An Examination of the Body Ritual of the Nacirema Anthropologist Horace Miner wrote an essay many years ago entitled "The Body Ritual of the Nacirema."It's a fascinating account of a tribe of people who practice private rituals to sustain their physical beauty and prolong their lives.Read The Body Ritual of the Nacirema for yourself.Miner's description of the people group called the Nacirema seemingly portrays a primitive, highly ritualized people addicted to the most bizarre behaviors. The Nacirema come across as the most superstitious people in the world.The Nacirema culture seems extremely primitive at best or bizarrely neurotic at worst. .Anthropologist Horace Miner wrote his essay on the Nacriema people[…]

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  • I Use Blinkist and Evernote for Better Writing and Public Speaking and Recommend It to Everyone

    Sep 26, 2019 | 14:57 pm

    I Use Blinkist and Evernote for Better Writing and Public Speaking and Recommend It to Everyone My day is filled with appointments, funerals, counseling sessions, personal visits, and a host of other pastoral duties that s.t.r.e.t.c.h. m.e. t.h.i.n. - Many transformative moments occur in those private moments with people in crisis, but few people will know about them because they are by nature private. That's why more folks will know me through my public speaking or writing and not my private ministry. But therein is my dilemma. Finding the time to adequately prepare for excellent public speaking and writing is difficult. My dilemma of time for reading is only heightened by my knowledge that a good speaker's[…]

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  • J. Paul Getty, Kisner Heights, and Enid, Oklahoma

    Sep 17, 2019 | 13:47 pm

    J. Paul Getty, Kisner Heights, and Enid, Oklahoma J. Paul Getty (The Getty Museum)The Cadillac V-8 Roadster bobbed up and down over the muddy section line roads in eastern Garfield County, Oklahoma, pitching its driver like a horse would a rider moving at a slow trot.The spring of 1918 had been wet in Garfield County, Oklahoma, ending the driest 10-year period of the new century for the state.Pavement had not yet reached western Oklahoma roads, so the Cadillac Roadster traversed more mud than dirt. The federal system of numbered and paved highways that would eventually crisscross America were still a decade away from being built.25-year-old Jean Paul Getty[…]

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  • Odell's Watch and a Repeat of the Great Depression

    Sep 11, 2019 | 06:29 am

    Odell's Watch and a Repeat of the Great Depression Odell Beckham, Jr.'s watch (Photo: Business Insider)Odell Beckham, star wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, played his first football game for Cleveland this past Sunday wearing what Business Insider calls a $350,000.00 watch.That's right. Odell wore on his left wrist  a watch that costs almost double the average price of an American home.Uh-oh.Those of us who know almost as much about the 1910's and 20's as we do today's current events understand the significance of Odell Beckham's watch.F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to expose the opulence of the 1920's, a time historians now call The Era of Excess.Welcome,[…]

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