Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • A Pet Test to Find a True Pastor of God's People

    Nov 14, 2019 | 14:40 pm

    A Pet Test to Find a True Pastor of God's People Rachelle, my wife, loves cats. I take the 5th regarding my charity toward the furry felines.When Rachelle‚Äôs business takes her away, I must "fill in" to care for the cats. The cats love my wife, She's their caregiver. She's tender with them. She loves them. She shepherds them.I am a hireling for the cats.My wife is a true pastor to the cats.Yes, that's right. Rachelle meets the biblical definition of what it means to be a pastor.Rachelle doesn't "rule over" our cats. Cats weren't designed to be "ruled over" by anyone. It's not in their nature. There's a reason that[…]

  • Sheep Among Wolves Vol. II: Christianity in Iran

    Nov 9, 2019 | 07:00 am

    Two hours. That's how long it will take for you to watch this life-changing movie about a Great Awakening occurring in Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran has the the fastest growing Christian church in the world today. It is a rapidly-reproducing discipleship movement that owns no property or buildings, has no central leadership, and is predominately led by courageous women.  It will be the best two hours you've spent in a long time.  #Iran

  • When Men Rule the Church, Men Fool the Church: FBC Clarksville, Tennessee, and the Mistakes Made

    Nov 8, 2019 | 07:53 am

    When Men Rule the Church, Men Fool the Church: FBC Clarksville, Tennessee, and the Mistakes Made A Conference at FBC Clarksville, Tennessee (2017)My heart goes out to the people and leaders of First Baptist Church, Clarksville, Tennessee. They are in a mess.Emails flooded my inbox at the beginning of this week with people asking if I'd "heard about FBC Clarksville calling a pastor who had used his position as a youth pastor to sexually prey on young women in his youth group." I had not. I then read this newspaper article.I then read that Southern Seminary, the place where this pastor had taught as an adjunct professor, suspended him this week.My wife and I then read the[…]

  • Men of the Great Assembly and Women Teaching

    Nov 7, 2019 | 06:22 am

    Men of the Great Assembly and Women Teaching The Men of the Great Assembly were a group of120 Jewish leaders who ruled Judea from shortly after the dedication of the Second Temple (516 BC) to the invasion of Judea by the Greeks under Alexander the Great (332 BC).The formation of the Great Assembly is described in Nehemiah chapters 8, 9, and 10. Today's Israeli Parliament, called The Knesset (Hebrew for "assembly") also has 120 members, imitating the Great Assembly of Ezra's day.Few Christians understand the significance of the Great Assembly and the effect it had on Jesus' ministry in Judea. The Men of the Great Assembly had three sayings: 1. Be[…]

  • "Racism in Rural America" by Pastor Chris Gordon

    Nov 4, 2019 | 08:51 am

    "Racism in Rural America" by Pastor Chris Gordon Pastor Chris Gordon and familyToday's guest post is written by a friend of mine, the wonderful pastor of First Baptist Church, Hennessey, Oklahoma. Chris writes of his own personal experience with racism in rural areas of Oklahoma. It's because of people like Chris, those who are not comfortable with status quo, that change can - and will - occur in the Southern Baptist Convention regarding racism. Chris is pictured here with his wife and children (one foster child not in the picture per legal reasons). I appreciate Chris writing this narrative, and I'd encourage you to read it through carefully[…]

  • Kodi Lee and a Tribute to Truett Foster McKeehan

    Oct 31, 2019 | 08:23 am

    Kodi Lee and a Tribute to Truett Foster McKeehan Christian artist TobyMac and his son, Truett Foster McKeehanOn Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 21-year-old Truett Foster McKeehan, son of Christian music artist TobyMac, died suddenly and unexpectedly in his parents' home. Medics responded to a cardiac arrest call to the McKeehan home, but they could not review Truett.TobyMac and his wife have a faith in Christ that is not be shattered by unexpected suffering. Their official statement about the death of their son is filled with tributes to God's grace and goodness, not to mention His sovereignty and control over all things. At Liberty University's convocation the day after Truett died,[…]

  • A Prophetic Voice,FBC Naples. and Marcus Hayes

    Oct 30, 2019 | 08:14 am

    A Prophetic Voice,FBC Naples. and Marcus Hayes This past Sunday, October 27, 2019, Marcus Hayes went with his wife Mandy and their three precious children "in-view-of-a-call" at First Baptist Church, Naples, Florida.Marcus Hayes, the pastoral candidate presented to FBC by the church's Pastor Search Committee, was rejected to be the church's next pastor.For the uninformed about Southern Baptist policies and practices, a "view-of-a-call" Sunday is when a visiting pastor preaches to the congregation and then the congregation votes on whether or not to hire the visiting pastor.Pastor Marcus is an outstanding preacher. For the past several years he has been a Campus Pastor at Biltmore Baptist Church in[…]

  • Planning Ahead and Emergency Blood Transfusion

    Oct 29, 2019 | 08:00 am

    Planning Ahead and Emergency Blood Transfusion Blood Transfusion Bottle (Wikimedia)Many leaders struggle with vision. Planning ahead is essential for future prosperity. As a wise man once said, "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18). Non-profits are notorious for not "thinking ahead." For-profit businesses must "think ahead" because they'll go out of business if they don't. Non-profits assume people will give regardless. The problem of assuming continual donations is "today's financial supporters are tomorrow's funeral services." Non-profits must plan ahead to captivate a new generation. I recently read a book entitled Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood.Author Rose[…]

  • 5 Reasons Why Women Can Pastor God's People

    Oct 24, 2019 | 14:44 pm

    5 Reasons Why Women Can Pastor God's People When it comes to women who pastor, some of my conservative evangelical friends - that is, people like me who believe that the Bible is God's inspired and infallible Word - often find themselves struggling with the thought that a woman can pastor God's people.And many of them can't understand why I don't struggle with it.To these friends of mine, believing a woman can pastor is akin to believing the devil is the fourth person of the sacred Trinity Tetrarchy."It just can't be," they say.  "It's unbiblical, impractical, immoral, and violates centuries of church tradition, not to mention modern confessions like The[…]

  • Fool's Gold and the National Basketball Association

    Oct 23, 2019 | 12:22 pm

    Fool's Gold and the National Basketball Association NBA Basketball (Wikimedia Commons)Fool's Gold is defined by investors as any flashy but ultimately worthless investment.In 2016, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver portrayed itself as a bastion of morality by demanding North Carolina abandon its recently past law that people may legally only use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender listed on their birth certificate rather than the sex they identify with.Adam Silver, in his silver-tongued eloquence, demanded rescission of this law or the NBA would move the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte.Oh my. Fool's Gold. Recently, the government of China has clamped down on Hong Kong's liberties, including imprisoning[…]