Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Southern Baptist Convention, James MacDonald, Spiritual Authority, and the "Kiddie Porn" Threat

    Feb 13, 2019 | 14:02 pm

    Southern Baptist Convention, James MacDonald, Spiritual Authority, and the "Kiddie Porn" Threat James McDonald/FacebookIn 2014,  I wrote a lengthy article about the extreme authoritarianism of James MacDonald, an unchecked power that is based on MacDonald's unbiblical theology that he has been invested by God with "spiritual authority" over people.Toward the end of the article, I posted a PDF paper on what the Scripture teaches about Christian authority. Anyone who assumes "spiritual authority" over people, the kind of authority that James MacDonald believes in, is actually assuming a Fraudulent Authority acting completely contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the New Testament.I have long pointed out that the problem in the Southern Baptist Convention is a prevalent view[…]

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  • Southern Baptists and Our Needed Transformation

    Feb 11, 2019 | 06:20 am

    Southern Baptists and Our Needed Transformation The Houston Chronicle delivered a punch to the gut for anyone who claims affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention.In an article titled "Abuse of Faith," three investigative reporters uncovered over 700 documented cases of sexually predatory behavior by SBC pastors and leaders.I'm a Southern Baptist pastor. Though the word "Baptist" is not in the title of the church I pastor, we affiliate with other Southern Baptist churches for the purpose of global missions, disaster relief worldwide (the SBC has the best disaster relief ministry in the world), and a host of other reasons that all revolve around evangelical cooperation and[…]

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  • Churches that Meet Needs or a Social Government?

    Feb 6, 2019 | 07:35 am

    Churches that Meet Needs or a Social Government? Building a Women's Shelter and Community Center in Enid"Imagine," wrote John Lennon, "no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man."Imagine. What a world that would be.Unfortunately, Lennon wrote in the first verse of his hit song, "Imagine...no religion, too." Sorry, John. You can't have it both ways. It's either God or government; His people or a nation's politics; voluntary charity or mandated socialism. The only way your imaginative dream turns into inspirational reality is through God's plan or the government's plan. What's the difference between the two?God empowers His people internally to voluntarily and sacrificially give of our resources to meet the social[…]

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  • "The Quiet Roar" by Randall Arthur Will Wake You

    Jan 26, 2019 | 16:19 pm

    "The Quiet Roar" by Randall Arthur Will Wake You Several weeks ago, I received in the mail a signed copy of Quiet Roar from bestselling author Randall Authur.I've never met Randall, nor had I ever read any other book by Mr. Arthur, including the well-reviewed Wisdom Hunter.  I assumed the author sent me a copy of Quiet Roar to consider writing something about it on my blog.I set the book aside. However, on Christmas Day, I picked it up Quiet Roar and began reading it.I didn't put it down until I finished. Then I gave it to Rachelle and said, "Here, read this. I want your opinion when you're done. I'm thinking[…]

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  • When Politics Trumps Your Love, Your Soul Suffers

    Jan 13, 2019 | 14:00 pm

    When Politics Trumps Your Love, Your Soul Suffers We're living in a day when people seem willing to sacrifice friendships for the sake of politics. Polarization is the norm. "Unite with me in politics, or I'll separate from you in friendship" becomes the mantra of many.George E. Demacopoulos of Fordham University opines, “Most of us allow political allegiances to predetermine the moral calculus that we perform individually.”  Politics is the easy path. We find a problem, blame someone else, and nothing gets done.But for disciples of Christ, we must refuse to take the easy road. Love should trump our politics every day. There used to be a day when[…]

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  • Voltaire, "A Bloody Religion", and Life vs. Death

    Jan 10, 2019 | 09:31 am

    Voltaire, "A Bloody Religion", and Life vs. Death Voltaire once criticized Christianity as a “bloody religion."The French philosopher felt Christians placed too much emphasis on blood, particularly the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ. Many, like Voltaire, who read or hear the word "blood" only think of the red internal liquid of the human body. And thus, Christianity is called "a bloody religion."Those who deem Christianity "bloody" misunderstand the significance of blood. In the Bible, blood is used as a synonym for life, and the loss of blood as a synonym for death. For example:"For life... is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11)"Without the shedding of blood (ie, loss of life), there[…]

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  • The Difference in History and Hysteria Isn't Much: 5 Good Reasons to Ignore The Trump Prophecies

    Jan 3, 2019 | 12:01 pm

    The Difference in History and Hysteria Isn't Much: 5 Good Reasons to Ignore The Trump Prophecies At the recommendation of a friend, I just finished reading The Trump Prophecies: The Astonishing True Story of the Man Who Saw Tomorrow...And What He Says Is Coming Next.I marvel at the number of evangelical Christians who seem to think this book is prophetical, biblical, or even logical.The Trump Prophecies is a book about an alleged vision given to retired firefighter Mark Taylor when he was deathly ill in April 2011. Mr. Taylor says the "Holy Spirit revealed" to him that Donald Trump would be President of the United States before Trump even "announced he was running for President."This alleged[…]

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  • The Messiah's the Message of Manifold Messengers

    Dec 28, 2018 | 05:57 am

    The Messiah's the Message of Manifold Messengers Esther is the only book in the Bible where God's name is never mentioned.But Esther is a book where God's grace is uniquely pictured.Good News runs throughout the book.And how that Good News is spread by messengers varies in methodology. This blog post is an encouragement to all evangelicals to be open-minded, encouraging, and even supportive of various methodologies in taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.Rap music may not be your cup of tea. Preachers in jeans may not be a vision you like having. Change in your culture, whether it be church or society, may be difficult[…]

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  • You Should Call His Name Emmanuel Every Day

    Dec 27, 2018 | 09:55 am

    This is a message delivered at Christmas but designed for our daily living. One of my favorites. Wade Burleson: You Shall Call His Name Emmanuel from Emmanuel Enid on Vimeo.

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  • God Sent Forth His Son in Love for Kevin Taylor

    Dec 24, 2018 | 12:24 pm

    God Sent Forth His Son in Love for Kevin Taylor Kevin TaylorIt's Christmas Eve.As I write, I vacillate between emotions. The joy that comes from reflecting on God sending forth His Son is mixed with sadness over losing a friend.Kevin Taylor died very early yesterday morning (Central Time). He fought a brief, courageous battle with brain cancer.With permission from his wife Robin, I'm writing this tribute.God's love is real, but if the conversation is only about "God's love for the world," Divine love remains in the attic of our thinking - distant, impersonal, and conceptual. But when Divine love is discussed in the living room of a sinner's personal experience, God's love is brought home[…]

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