Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Hamburgers, Toilets, and Past Global Pandemics

    Apr 2, 2020 | 07:25 am

    Hamburgers, Toilets, and Past Global Pandemics A Hamburg, Germany sanitation team (1892)The West is soft.We've lost connection with our history, become cavalier about our faith in God, and grown comfortable with our false belief that economical, medical, and social progress steadily moves - without interruption - toward utopian perfection.A virus that kills between 1% to 2% of those infected has shocked our world.But COVID-19 shouldn't shock us.Not if we know our history.Let me take you back just a little over one hundred years ago.Hamburg, Germany, August 1892Hamburg is the picturesque German city from whence we get our word "hamburger."Hamburg (er)Just like "wiener" comes from Vienna (the "w"[…]

  • The Keys of Life and Death Are Not Held by Science

    Mar 31, 2020 | 11:02 am

    The Keys of Life and Death Are Not Held by Science The United States is officially in a panic mode via a pandemic.Pandemic means "pertaining to all people." The word "dem(os)" means people. "Pan" means "all."The COVID-19 crisis is a real problem for all people.People are dying.The COVID-19 death rate is over 2%. Death comes to men more than women, the obese more than the thin, the older more than the younger, and those with pre-existing health conditions more than the healthy among us.Americans are freaked out.Don't be.Realize that a pandemic typically leads to a God-demic.It is possible to see God at work, even in a pandemic.When we feel out of[…]

  • Some Baptists More Roman Catholic than Baptist?

    Mar 29, 2020 | 08:00 am

    Some Baptists More Roman Catholic than Baptist? Pope FrancisOn March 20, 2020, during the midst of a global pandemic, Roman Catholic Pope Francis issued the following proclamation."People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or another serious reason can go to God directly (without confessing to a priest), be specific about their sins, request pardon and experience God’s loving forgiveness,"It is amazing how a global epidemic has a way of exposing doctrinal errors. Official Roman Catholic dogma teaches that "ordained priests" are the intermediaries between God and man. From the beginning, Roman Catholicism has taught that God’s forgiveness only occurs through the sacrament of reconciliation[…]

  • A Happy 80th Birthday Wish to Harold H. Holden

    Mar 26, 2020 | 13:14 pm

    A Happy 80th Birthday Wish to Harold H. Holden H. HoldenWe held hands and prayed.Oklahoma's greatest Western sculptor was dying.It was 2010. With one hand, I took hold of the artist's hand. With my other hand, I took hold of his wife's hand. Before I prayed, I looked at them intently.Frederic Remington once revealed the secret of his art by saying, "the more I looked, the more the panorama unfolded."The artist from Oklahoma who most resembles Remington is a man named Harold Holden. His family and friends call him "H."I remember that day when we held hands and prayed because, as I looked at H. and his wife Edna Mae,  the panorama[…]

  • Don't Confuse a 501-C3 Non-Profit with His Church

    Mar 21, 2020 | 09:15 am

    Don't Confuse a 501-C3 Non-Profit with His Church For years I've been trying to explain to people that Christ's Church isn't a religious institution.An institution of religion is established by religious leaders for religious rituals.When Americans "go to church," we wrongly think that the building we enter is "the church."We also wrongly say that we are "attending church."But you can't attend His Church if you are His Church.What every follower of Jesus is doing on Sunday is attending a local non-profit religious institution that conducts religious and social services.You are Christ's Church.That's why any pastor who tells you he is God's representative on earth, with spiritual authority over[…]

  • Covid-19, Jeremiah 29:11, and These Hard Times

    Mar 18, 2020 | 10:06 am

    Covid-19, Jeremiah 29:11, and These Hard Times There is a promise from God in Jeremiah 29:11 that is often quoted by Christians but almost always misinterpreted.Like any conversation you have with others, it's not enough to know what someone says, we must strive to understand what that person means. The prophet Jeremiah speaks to the Hebrew people on behalf of God. The Lord speaks to His people, declaring:"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).We misunderstand what God means if we pluck this verse out of its context. For[…]

  • 5 Reasons It's Great To Be Living in the Year 2020

    Mar 13, 2020 | 07:51 am

    5 Reasons It's Great To Be Living in the Year 2020 2020 is turning out to be a good year!The Corona Virus spreads, the stock market plunges, universities cancel class gatherings, major league sports suspend their seasons, the NCAA cancels all college championship tournaments, and people practice social distancing.There are 5 reasons these unique events in 2020 make this year a great year to be alive.1. We discover purpose is better than pleasure.My friend Rick Warren has written a book entitled The Purpose Driven Life. When we feel good about life because we are surrounded by those things that give us pleasure, when the pleasures are gone, we are more likely to[…]

  • The Moses Complex and Rulers Over God's People

    Mar 7, 2020 | 09:36 am

    The Moses Complex and Rulers Over God's People Moses Strking the Rock at MeribahThere are two unbiblical practices in the present-day institutional church that foster the mistaken notion that there is an inherent authority in certain “offices of the church” that enable pastor/elders “being over other people” instead of “being the greatest servants of all the people.” One of those false practices is the division between clergy and laity, where the former does all the work of ministry, and the latter pay the salaries of the former for doing the work.I am not saying it is wrong to draw a salary for pastoring people, or for doing any[…]

  • Dr. Alfvén, Today's Heresy, Tomorrow's Orthodoxy

    Mar 4, 2020 | 13:17 pm

    Dr. Alfvén, Today's Heresy, Tomorrow's Orthodoxy Hannes Alfvén in 1970Hannes Alfvén (1908-1995) won the 1970 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on magnetohydrodynamics.Alfvén’s work was disputed for many years by the senior scientist in space physics, the British-American geophysicist Sydney Chapman. Alfvén’s and Chapman were at odds with each other in large part over the peer review system in academia that qualifies a person's work as scientific and sound prior to publication. Hannes Alfvén rarely benefited from the acceptance generally afforded senior scientists in scientific journals. For example, he once submitted a paper on the theory of magnetic storms and auroras to the American journal Terrestrial Magnetism and[…]

  • Coronavirus and the Human Death Rate of 100% - "Knowing it all ends soon, what should I do today?"

    Feb 27, 2020 | 12:44 pm

    Coronavirus and the Human Death Rate of 100% - "Knowing it all ends soon, what should I do today?" Photo: Claudio Furlan, LaPresse, Courtesy Associated PressThe United States and people all over the world seem to be in a panic over the Coronavirus.The death rate from the heretofore unknown virus is 2.3% overall. The death rate is at 8% for people in their 70s, and it stands at almost 15% for people in their 80s. But overall, just 2.3%.That means, for every 100 people infected with Coronavirus, less than 3 people will die from it.And the world is terrified.That's just plain silly. The human race has an actual death rate of 100%."People are destined to die once, and after that[…]