Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Louisiana College and Ladies Mowing Their Lawns

    May 18, 2019 | 18:05 pm

    Louisiana College and Ladies Mowing Their Lawns On Sunday, February 10, 2019, investigative reporters Robert Downen (Houston Chronicle),  Lise Olsen (Houston Chronicle), and John Tedesco (San Antonio Express-News) published the first of their stomach-churching three-part series entitled Abuse of Faith.With bulldog determination and Pulitzer-Prize level reporting, these three reporters uncovered a systemic problem in the Southern Baptist Convention, one that we refused to confront ourselves.Southern Baptists have a pattern of covering up for their own.On Thursday, February 14, 2019, just four days after the release of Abuse of Faith, Dr. Joshua Dara, the Dean of The School of Human Behavior at Louisiana College (Southern Baptist-affiliated), spoke at the school's[…]

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  • Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Carter, Russell Moore, the SBC "Deep State," and Forever Friends of Liberty

    May 16, 2019 | 13:05 pm

    Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Carter, Russell Moore, the SBC "Deep State," and Forever Friends of Liberty  President Jimmy Carter at Liberty's 2018 CommencementRachelle and I were at a banquet in Norman, Oklahoma a few years ago, seated around a table with six other people when I felt a hand on my shoulder.Before I could turn around, I heard a man's voice whisper in my ear, "I'd like to meet one of my heroes."I turned around, and to my shock, I saw former President Jimmy Carter.As I stood to greet him, Jimmy Carter said, "Wade, I read everything you write."To many, President Carter's commendation of me is an indictment of me.For you see, in Southern Baptist circles,[…]

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  • Christ Is the End (τέλος) of the Law for Believers

    May 15, 2019 | 08:53 am

    Christ Is the End (τέλος) of the Law for Believers Last week I spent some time with a gambling addict, a believer in Jesus Christ, who recently found himself on the front page of our local newspaper for confessing to embezzling thousands of dollars from his employer (he's given me permission to tell his story).A few weeks earlier this man had called me and confessed to his crime.Having been accused of embezzlement by his employer, this man told me that he faced prison time if the courts convicted him of stealing. His attorney counseled him "not to confess, but to plead 'not guilty.'" The attorney was hoping to get a[…]

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  • Jesus, Zeus, and the Romanization of Evangelicals

    May 13, 2019 | 08:24 am

    Jesus, Zeus, and the Romanization of Evangelicals If I were to ask the typical Christian who the person is portrayed in this drawing to the left, the answer would be:"That's Jesus Christ!"It's amazing to me how many Christians have little or no understanding of history and blindly accept what others say about Jesus and the church.The drawing to the left is not of Jesus.It's a drawing of Serapis, the Egyptian Greco-Roman god representing Zeus, the god above all other gods. This ancient drawing now hangs in the British Museum in London.But why would modern evangelicals identify an icon representing Serapis by the name Jesus?Because when Constantine, Emperor[…]

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  • Beth Moore, the Growing Controversy of a Woman Teaching in SBC Churches. and a Question for You

    May 11, 2019 | 11:12 am

    Beth Moore, the Growing Controversy of a Woman Teaching in SBC Churches. and a Question for You Beth MooreThere's growing controversy on social media among those who belong to the Southern Baptist Convention over fellow SBC'er Beth Moore teaching men and women "from the pulpit" on Sunday mornings at various SBC churches.This is such a silly controversy.The idea of a "pulpit" in a Christian church is foreign to the New Testament. The "synagogues" of the Jews had a "pulpit" (wooden elevated stand) upon which teachers (rabbis) unrolled the scrolls and taught from them.The New Testament ekklesia (the "church") is always defined as gifted and called out people (men and women) and never a building with a pulpit.Ekklesia, or the church,[…]

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  • A Victim Turns To Victor - Megan Lively Graduates

    May 10, 2019 | 06:21 am

    A Victim Turns To Victor - Megan Lively Graduates Megan, Danny Akin, and Vincent LivelyOn May 10, 2018, one year ago today, Megan Lively, fighting through her fear and inner anxieties, reached out to current administrators at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina to report that the sexual assault (rape) committed against her while she was a student at SEBTS in 2003 had not been properly handled.Back in 2003, when Megan reported to SEBTS administration that she'd been raped by a fellow SEBTS student, then SEBTS President Paige Patterson and three of his proteges met privately with Megan and shamed her with their questions and lack of empathy. President Patterson told Megan that the[…]

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  • Pulpit and Pen and the Death of Rachel Held Evans

    May 5, 2019 | 06:53 am

    Pulpit and Pen and the Death of Rachel Held Evans Rachel Held Evans died early in the morning, Friday, May 4, 2019, with her family surrounding her bedside. Rachel, 37-years old, entered the hospital a few weeks ago with the flu and a urinary tract infection. A mysterious reaction to antibiotics caused seizures that required a medically induced coma to control them.This week, doctors unsuccessfully tried to bring Rachel out of her coma. She leaves behind a husband, two small children, and many fans from her best-selling books. Though I never had the opportunity to meet Rachel, she corresponded with me via email several times.On one occasion, she requested permission to re-post[…]

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  • The Doctrine of Election and Concern for Our Kids

    May 3, 2019 | 08:41 am

    The Doctrine of Election and Concern for Our Kids A few years ago, I received a letter from a delightful believer in our church who is originally from Italy. She worked as an executive with a manufacturing firm that sells goods to the Far East, including Hong Kong and China, but she had given up her career when she married and began raising her children.This church member is a graduate of the University in Venice, Italy, and she and her United States Air Force officer are stationed in Enid, Oklahoma with their two small boys. This young lady became a believer as an adult and she credits the writings[…]

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  • Jesus Died Most Likely on the Mount of Olives

    Apr 25, 2019 | 03:32 am

    Jesus Died Most Likely on the Mount of Olives Any casual perusal of the Old Testament reveals that the Hebrew people worshiped God through a very elaborate sacrificial system.There were the daily national "morning and evening sacrifices." offered by the priests on behalf of the entire Hebrew nation. There were special sacrifices on annual national "holy days" (holidays) which revolved around the seven annual Hebrew festivals. And then there were sacrifices offered by individuals during specific times of need (e.g., "leprosy") as well as after committing specific sins. But there was one special sacrifice offered by the High Priest which was not daily, nor even annual. It was offered whenever the ashes of the previous sacrifice had been depleted through[…]

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  • When Talk Doesn't Match Walk Others Will Balk

    Apr 23, 2019 | 18:53 pm

    When Talk Doesn't Match Walk Others Will Balk One of the reasons the world has such a hard time with Christianity, particularly when Christians get caught in scandals, is that we Christians have the poor habit of spiritualizing our talk, attaching God to just about everything we say, while He is far from what we do.Christians are often the worst kind of sinners. We smoothly speak a spiritual language designed to cover a sensual lifestyle.We must stop speaking as if everything we do is God directed and find the humility to speak truthfully about our agendas, our need for control and power, and our self-absorption.If we were to[…]

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