Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Robert Moffat, Setswana, and the Information Age

    Jul 18, 2018 | 15:37 pm

    Robert Moffat, Setswana, and the Information Age Robert Moffat (1795-1883) was one of the earliest and most extraordinary evangelical missionaries to the dark continent of Africa.Robert, his wife Mary, and their ten children settled at Kuruman, to the north of the Vaal River, among the Batswana people. Here Robert lived and worked passionately for the cause of Christ.Robert endured many hardships, including once going for days without water. His mouth became so dry he was unable to speak. Often he bound his stomach to help him endure fasting when he could not find food to eat.Robert translated the whole of the Bible and The Pilgrim's Progress into Setswana language of the African tribes to[…]

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  • Abortion, 12 Boys in a Cave, and a Profound Riddle

    Jul 11, 2018 | 05:37 am

    Abortion, 12 Boys in a Cave, and a Profound Riddle This week's announcement that Brett Kavanaugh has been selected as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement has many expressing fear and anger that Roe v. Wade might be overturned and that abortion in America will be outlawed.Juxtapose those negative emotions with America's collective joy over 12 boys being safely rescued this week from a Thai cave.It's confusing to me how many Americans can feel such happiness over boys being dramatically rescued from death in Thailand, while at the same time express such anger over the possibility of Americans being unable to bring intentional death to babies. I may be the only person who thinks along these lines,[…]

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  • Einstein, Creativity, and the Battle with Conformity

    Jul 9, 2018 | 06:48 am

    Einstein, Creativity, and the Battle with Conformity Without hesitation, we who follow Christ affirm the unchangeable nature of His message.However, the methods by which we deliver this fixed message should constantly be evaluated and often changed for advancing Christ's Kingdom in an ever-changing culture.Fluid methodologies with a fixed message are the ticket for creative, thriving institutions.Unfortunately, many institutional leaders reverse the pattern and find their institutions becoming increasingly irrelevant.When methodologies are fixed and the message is fluid - whether it's a business, a team sport, or a church - the institution slides into a slow, irreversible death.Within 10 seconds of walking into a building, one can tell the direction the[…]

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  • SWBTS Donors and the Folly of Funding Scrolls and Museums Instead of Scholars and Ministries

    Jul 6, 2018 | 10:53 am

    SWBTS Donors and the Folly of Funding Scrolls and Museums Instead of Scholars and Ministries Offices of Square Mile Energy (Gary Loveless) in HoustonThe new leadership of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is worthy of Southern Baptist's full confidence.  College graduates from our church who are interested in ministry are now considering enrolling at Southwestern, the first time SWBTS has been a viable option for over a dozen years. The future is bright.However, there remain a few people who need to completely sever ties with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Some of them are employed by the school. The new administrative leadership will handle the resolution of their employment with professional courtesy and class.Others who need to[…]

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  • Differences Among Christians Matter Not to Pagans

    Jul 1, 2018 | 16:28 pm

    Differences Among Christians Matter Not to Pagans Evan JonesMost of my heroes are dead.The Countess of Huntington (1707-1791). William Carey (1761-1834).  Jarena Lee (1783-1864). Adoniram Judson (1788-1850). Evan Jones (1788-1872). Epaphras Chapman (1792-1825). David Livingstone (1813-1873). Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892). Henry M. Stanley (1841-1904). They're all gone, only to be met in eternity. It's best for our Christian heroes to be six feet underground before stained glass windows in their likenesses appear six feet above ground.One of my heroes, Indian missionary Evan Jones and his son John, are called "Champions of the Cherokees" by historian William G. McLoughlin in a book of the same title.In reading this week about Evan's work among the Cherokees in the mountains[…]

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  • Nationalism, July 4th, and the Kingdom of Christ

    Jun 29, 2018 | 08:30 am

    Nationalism, July 4th, and the Kingdom of Christ First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, on Freedom SundayI'm about to make a confession that almost guarantees half of you will immediately stop reading this post.If possible, don't quit reading, but I understand you'll have a strong desire to stop after you read the next sentence.I am a political conservative who voted for Donald Trump and think he's doing a pretty good job as President.I know about half of you reading this are now very angry.  I'm asking you to continue reading even if you disagree with me about my politics, especially if you are a professing Christian. For I'm about to upset[…]

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  • He Took My Place And In Love Bore Death's Sting

    Jun 27, 2018 | 12:18 pm

    He Took My Place And In Love Bore Death's Sting Last month I took a swat for the first time since elementary school.I know that most school districts ban paddle spankings for children, but with parental permission, Emmanuel Christian School still gives "swats" for misbehavior.I took a swat from Headmaster Steve Glazier and bore the sting of the swat for a second-grade student at ECS. I became the substitute for one I love.Here's what happened.The parents of a second-grader at Emmanuel Christian School had asked me to be responsible for their son while they took a trip. The young boy got into trouble while at school. The details are not[…]

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  • The Power of Christ to Turn a Demon into a Petros

    Jun 21, 2018 | 05:45 am

    The Power of Christ to Turn a Demon into a Petros Roberto, 31, gave his life to Jesus Christ after the Refuge service at Emmanuel Enid this past Sunday.Roberto gave me permission to share his story.Last Sunday was Father's Day, and Roberto was at Emmanuel for only the second time. He came with his girlfriend and their infant daughter.Roberto listened to Emmanuel's missionary to Africa, Yacouba Seydou, speak about "the Father's love." It was after the service that Roberto sought me ought and said, "That (the message) hit me hard." He asked if he could talk to me. I sat down beside this man I'd met only an hour earlier as[…]

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  • The Pythian of Acts 16:16 and Ancient Divination

    Jun 18, 2018 | 15:01 pm

    The Pythian of Acts 16:16 and Ancient Divination "The greatest blessings come by way of madness, indeed of madness that is heaven sent." Socrates on The Oracle of Delphi.The Pythian Oracle at DelphiWhen the ancient peoples around the Mediterranean Sea basin wanted wisdom from the gods, they went to oracles. An oracle was a person who spoke (orated) for the gods in various temples. During the time Israel was in Babylonian captivity (6th century B.C.), a ruler in Smyrna, Lydia (modern Turkey) named King Croesus wanted to find the best oracle in the world, one with powers to divine the future better than all others. So in 560 B.C., Croesus sent his emissaries on a 100-day journey to the seven most popular[…]

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  • Gifted Women in Leadership Among Men and Boys

    Jun 18, 2018 | 06:53 am

    Gifted Women in Leadership Among Men and Boys I will sometimes hear Christians say a woman cannot have leadership in the church or teach men in the church because the Apostle Paul said, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet" (I Timothy 2:12).These Christians fail to understand that Paul's instruction to Timothy in I Timothy 2:12 is a specific and temporary prohibition against a woman in Ephesus instead of a general prohibition against all women everywhere.Some Christians, however, try to make a distinction between "women in authority" over men "in the church" as compared to "in the[…]

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