Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Dogs Walking on Hind Legs and Women Preaching

    Jan 14, 2020 | 16:17 pm

    Dogs Walking on Hind Legs and Women Preaching "A woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.” (Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer)."It is no harder for a woman to teach a mixed audience than to only women when one gets used to it. For there is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus Christ." (Miss Abbie M. Colby, Missionary to Osaka, Japan, as quoted in Life and Light for Woman, March, 1888, p. 87).In[…]

  • Episode One of a Weekly Podcast Called The WAbe

    Jan 9, 2020 | 08:10 am

    The WAbe Podcast is a new weekly podcast where "tough questions get real answers" and can be found on your favorite podcast platform.Abe Wright and I (Wade Burleson) will answer questions that have been submitted to, or respond to comments direct at the #TheWAbe through the broadcast platforms.The WAbe stands for "Working At Biblical Encouragement," and it's our desire to help bring encouragement to those struggling with the questions they wished they could ask Sunday morning in church.Abe is a former college football star (Colorado) and NFL player for the Miami Dolphins who has recently earned his Masters in[…]

  • Give the Value of Reading a Book Another Look

    Jan 2, 2020 | 19:05 pm

    Give the Value of Reading a Book Another Look Abraham Lincoln once said his education occurred “by littles.” That means - a little here, a little there - so much so that all his formal schooling did not amount to one full year of formal schooling. Lincoln mostly educated himself by borrowing books and newspapers. Abraham Lincoln loved Robinson Crusoe and the tales of The Arabian Nights, a biography of Washington, and the poetry of Shakespeare and Burns. Abraham Lincoln was a highly educated man because he read. A youthful friend of Abraham would later recall, “I never saw Abe after he was twelve that he didn’t have a book in[…]

  • Would Jesus Carry a Gun with Him to Church?

    Dec 30, 2019 | 07:37 am

    Would Jesus Carry a Gun with Him to Church? Shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ, Dec. 29, 2019That's the question I read on Twitter yesterday."Would Jesus carry a gun with Him to church services?"It was posted by a person who thought it odd that churchgoers pulled out concealed weapons and shot and killed an armed assailant during church services yesterday near Forth Worth, Texas.The gunman had already killed one person and was turning his weapon to kill or maim others when church attendees jumped up, pulled out their concealed weapons, and shot and killed the armed assailant.Dozens could have died without the churchgoers intervening.I found the question posed[…]

  • The Artificial Division Between Secular and Sacred

    Dec 24, 2019 | 09:43 am

    The Artificial Division Between Secular and Sacred Santa at Emmanuel EnidLike most 501 C-3 religious organizations that identify as "Christian churches," Emmanuel Enid does some things that are not necessarily proscribed by the Bible, but neither are they prohibited by the Bible.For example, this past Sunday we had a photo opportunity for families with one of our pastors (David Camp) posing as Santa Claus. There were a few who wondered about the appropriateness of having Santa on the premises.It's only a problem if people consider Santa Claus "sinful" (as did the Puritans). I'm ambivalent about Saint Nicholas. Being familiar with the original St. Nick, the modern version is a[…]

  • Christianity Today and Poor Judgment in Timing

    Dec 20, 2019 | 06:35 am

    Christianity Today and Poor Judgment in Timing President Donald Trump. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAbraham Wright and I are beginning a new podcast in 2020. Yesterday, we went through a dry run.The podcast will be organic and raw as we respond with unrehearsed answers to spontaneous questions from our listeners.The question yesterday was, "My seven-year-old just died of cancer. He had never made a profession of faith and had never been baptized. Will my seven-year-old son be in hell for eternity."Without going into details, suffice it to say I refused to answer the woman's question. Instead, I expressed my sympathy, told her that I did not believe now was either[…]

  • The Tulsa Race Massacre and the Southern Baptists

    Dec 18, 2019 | 09:10 am

    The Tulsa Race Massacre and the Southern Baptists "If the treatment of the Negro by the Christian Church is called 'divine,' this is an attack on the conception of God more blasphemous than any which the church has always been so ready and eager to punish." W.E.B. Du BoisHBO Television Show "Watchmen" Recreating the Tulsa RiotIt saddens me to report that archaeologists announced yesterday that they believe they've found a mass grave in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Actually, they may have found two mass graves; one in Oaklawn Cemetery and one at The Canes, a stretch of land by the 11th Street Bridge.On Memorial Day, May 31, 1921, and on[…]

  • What Standard? Founders Flounder over Authority

    Dec 14, 2019 | 10:27 am

    What Standard? Founders Flounder over Authority I spent two hours watching the new documentary By What Standard? published by Founders Ministries.Before I critique a couple of unfortunate statements in this film, I wish to express my prayer for Tom Ascol, leader of Founders Ministries, for a full recovery from his recent medical episode.I believe, like those who lead the Founders Ministries, that Scripture is God's infallible, revealed word to mankind. I believe, like they, that Scripture is the sole guide of faith and practice for followers of Jesus Christ.However, I have a fundamental disagreement with Tom Ascol and others in the Founders Ministries. They hold to a Reformed[…]

  • Silence Those Who Disagree and Lose Your Liberty

    Dec 7, 2019 | 06:37 am

    Silence Those Who Disagree and Lose Your Liberty The far left and the far right of political, religious, and cultural movements both attempt to suppress dissent.Those in power fall into the trap of believing that silencing  minority opinions is somehow beneficial.But silence those who disagree and it's only a matter of time before citizens of a country, members of a church, or inhabitants of a culture lose their liberty.Let me give you an example.In 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky, a polymath student and friend of both Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, wrote a book called Worlds in Collision.Velikovsky used documentation from the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Hebrews to explain how[…]

  • Happiness Doesn't Just Happen and the Holidays

    Nov 29, 2019 | 08:10 am

    Happiness Doesn't Just Happen and the Holidays I recently received a letter from a man serving time in prison for a white collar crime he committed. After being sent to prison, a friend gave this businessman a copy of my book Happiness Doesn't Just Happen.A portion of man’s letter to me is reprinted below. Though my book is now "Out of Print" from the original publishers. I am re-issuing it through Istoria Ministries with a new Foreword for Happiness Doesn't Just Happen. The book contains a few study questions at the end of each chapter for small groups.If you have a Kindle Unlimited account, you can read it[…]