Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Charles H. Spurgeon and Southern Baptist Racism

    Aug 14, 2019 | 05:41 am

    Charles H. Spurgeon and Southern Baptist Racism Charles H. SpurgeonIn 2019, the Southern Baptist Convention continues to struggle with issues of racism. Some question its existence in the SBC, others wrangle over proper ways to confront it, and a few are offering meaningful steps for racial reconciliation within the SBC.I remain amazed that there are some prominent conservative pastors and convention leaders who deny a spirit of racism in the Southern Baptist Convention. The dogmatic are never diplomatic because narrow perspectives are the children of ill-informed studies in history and cultureChristian George, the former curator of the C. H. Spurgeon Library and former assistant professor of historical theology at[…]

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  • Natural Immortality or God's Gift of Immortality?

    Aug 13, 2019 | 14:09 pm

    Natural Immortality or God's Gift of Immortality? "Truth is like a young lion who fearlessly welcomes all challengers. Error is like an old lion who must loudly roar to scare away encroachers. The louder someone rants about 'your theological errors,' the less sure that old lion is of his truth." - Wade BurlesonMost people believe what they're taught and do what they're told without thinking for themselves.I find that a tad disturbing.The reason professing Christians will sometimes "renounce" their Christian faith is because they've only accepted what they've been taught and never agonized over what they've learned.Let me give you an example."God alone is immortal" (I Timothy[…]

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  • Just Exactly What Is the Good News in Your Mind?

    Aug 11, 2019 | 13:24 pm

    Just Exactly What Is the Good News in Your Mind? Jeffrey EpsteinJeffrey Epstein committed suicide last week.Jeffrey Epstein, the owner of a $44 million Upper Eastside mansion, a private island, an ocean yacht, a party jet, and access to the worlds' rich and elite is dead.It seems Jeffrey Epstein's previous convictions for his federal crimes of sexual abuse against young girls and his impending trials for newly revealed sexual abuse activities caused Jeffrey Epstein to take his life.Jeffrey tried to kill himself two weeks ago and didn't succeed.Under strange circumstances that seem to indicate powerful people at the federal level wished him success in a second attempt, Jeffrey committed suicide[…]

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  • 'Good Boys' Glorifies Child Sexuality and We Laugh

    Aug 5, 2019 | 09:06 am

    'Good Boys' Glorifies Child Sexuality and We Laugh I'm not a moral prude. Far from it.In fact, most religious people think I'm "too gracious," "too loving," "too accepting," and "too merciful."I plead guilty to the charges.The Good News of Jesus Christ does not require moralizing people, it requires memorizing facts.Like a television broadcaster, preaching is recounting historical events that have occurred; some wonderful, amazing events that constitute Good News ("God loves sinners so much He sent us His Son.")The English word "preacher" comes from the ancient Greek word kerusso, a Greek word which means "I proclaim." In Greek etymology, the word originates from farmers who used it to describe the[…]

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  • The 2019 Rethinking Hell Conference (Aug. 16-17), Friday Night and Saturday, Emmanuel Enid (OK)

    Aug 3, 2019 | 07:06 am

    The 2019 Rethinking Hell Conference (Aug. 16-17), Friday Night and Saturday, Emmanuel Enid (OK) Sign-up for the Friday night (August 16) and all-day Saturday (August 17) 2019 Rethinking Hell Conference online today or go by Emmanuel Enid's offices during the week or to the foyer before or after any of the three Sunday morning worship services to see Tom and Jan Richards at the Conference Table. The Richards will get you registered. ___________Evangelicals tend to be Bible quoters, not Bible readers. Worse, many assume they know what the Bible teaches about certain subjects because someone's else interpretation supersedes their own careful personal study.Creeds or formal confessions are like medicine. They can be helpful, but[…]

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  • "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Is An Oklahoma Song

    Jul 30, 2019 | 22:02 pm

    "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Is An Oklahoma Song Armstrong Academy (1861 Civil War Map) in SE OklahomaMany people don't realize some of America's most colorful history occurred in what was formerly called Indian Territory, but now the State of Oklahoma. Oklahoma is a Choctaw Indian word which means "red people."The U.S. States government removed 5 Civilized Indian Tribes to Indian Territory during the 1830s through the Indian Removal Act.Christian, caucasian missionaries moved with the Indian tribes from the east to Indian Territory, risking life and limb to continue their evangelical work among the Native Americans. Some of the most moving missionary stories throughout world history occurred within Oklahoma.It[…]

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  • "I'm a Racist" Is a Poor Choice of Words by Dr. Hall

    Jul 30, 2019 | 14:39 pm

    "I'm a Racist" Is a Poor Choice of Words by Dr. Hall Dr. Matt Hall, Southern SeminaryTwitter and social media is abuzz over a recent statement made by Dr. Matt Hall, the provost and senior vice president for academic administration at The Southern Baptist Theological SeminaryIt seems Dr. Hall said, "I am a racist" in a video now scrubbed from Southern's website.That was a poor choice of words on Dr. Hall's part.This post is a short defense of Dr. Hall and serves as a request from those who would make him out to be "the enemy" to pause before attacking him.Dr. Hall is transparently confessing to his struggle with the sin of racism in[…]

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  • The Power of Christ to Transform Our Broken Lives

    Jul 22, 2019 | 13:04 pm

    The Power of Christ to Transform Our Broken Lives Ricardo Cortez, 31, will be baptized during the Bridge Service at Emmanuel Enid, Oklahoma, this Sunday, July 28, 2019, publicly professing his faith in Jesus Christ.I first told Ricardo's story with his permission a year ago.  Because he was a former gang leader in Los Angeles, I changed his name at that time.Today, I retell Ricardo's story using his real name and issue you an invitation to join the celebration of Ricardo's baptism by either coming to Emmanuel Enid to attend the 9:00 am Bridge Service in person, or by watching it online.On Father's Day, 2018, Ricardo was at Emmanuel[…]

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  • Those Who Rule with Authority Fall by Authority

    Jul 19, 2019 | 08:42 am

    Those Who Rule with Authority Fall by Authority A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas and talks with an old rancher.He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."The rancher says, "Okay, but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location of the field.The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government behind me." Reaching into a pocket, the agent removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher."See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish. On any land. No questions asked. Have[…]

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  • 5 Reasons Why New Covenant Baptism Is Spiritual

    Jul 16, 2019 | 13:48 pm

    5 Reasons Why New Covenant Baptism Is Spiritual Baptism.From the Greek word baptizo which means "to immerse or completely dip."When a person hears the English word "baptism" (a word only transliterated - not translated - from the Greek word baptizo), the mind will typically\ think "water."Few know that baptizo simply means "to immerse" but the substance into what one is immersed must be defined by the context of the word's usage.For example, you can be immersed (baptized) into work. You can be immersed (baptized) into school. You can be immersed (baptized) into video games. You can be immersed (baptized) into sports. You can be... well, you get the idea.It's amazing how[…]

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