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facebook.com/denisonforum www.twitter.com/jimdenison James C. Denison, Ph.D., is a subject matter expert on cultural and contemporary issues. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, a nonsectarian "think tank" designed to engage contemporary issues with biblical truth in 2009. Dr. Denison writes a cultural commentary available at denisonforum.org. His free daily commentary is distributed around the world to over 80,000 subscribers in 203 countries. He writes for The Dallas Morning News, contributing weekly to the "Texas Faith Forum" and is a guest columnist for the The Christian Post. He has also taught world religions for 25 years with four seminaries. He has spoken in China, Cuba, Brazil, Australia, Europe, Israel, Greece, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Turkey and served as a short-term missionary to East Malaysia, in Southeast Asia. He also leads frequent study tours in Israel, Greece, and Europe. Dr. Denison currently serves on the board of the Baylor Health Care System and as Chair of the Advisory Board for Dallas Baptist University. He teaches Ph.D. seminars and graduate-level classes for Dallas Baptist University and serves as a teaching fellow for the B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. He has taught on the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and at McAfee School of Theology, and has served on the boards of Dallas Baptist University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University. Prior to founding the DFTC, Dr. Denison was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University.


'A storm that the United States has not seen yet' - Denison Forum

A man from a small town on the Texas coast was interviewed yesterday as he unloaded his boat. A reporter asked him what he was going to do. “I’m gonna try to save some lives,” the man responded.

Let’s join him.

denisonforum.org “This disaster is going to be a landmark event.” That’s how the head of FEMA describes the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. “This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet,” he adds. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Except for four years when Janet and I pastored a church in …


Bracing for Hurricane Harvey: four responses - Denison Forum

Whether we’re called to retreat, move, or serve, we’re all called to pray: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Have you prayed yet today for those in the path of Hurricane Harvey? Have you asked God how he wants you to be an answer to your prayers?

denisonforum.org Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast late today or early tomorrow. It could become the biggest hurricane to hit the mainland United States in twelve years. Some areas could get thirty-five inches of rain. When natural disasters strike, our first impulse is to ask why God…


Someone won $758.7 million last night - Denison Forum

The question is not what you would do if you won last night’s lottery. It is what you will do with what you already have. Thomas Chalmers: “It is more blessed to give than to receive, and therefore less blessed to receive than to give.”

How blessed will you be today?

denisonforum.org The odds of winning last night’s Powerball jackpot were one in 292.2 million. You were more likely to be killed by an asteroid (one in 700,000), be struck by lightning while drowning (one in 183 million), or give birth to quadruplets (one in 729,000). Nonetheless, someone in Massachusetts bought the...


Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn photos spark furor - Denison Forum

Our Lord is not a Cosmic Killjoy who wants to inflict an unrealistic s*xual ethic on us. Rather, he is a loving Father who wants only what is best for his children. And he knows that s*x outside of marriage is devastating to our bodies, families, and souls.

denisonforum.org Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is threatening legal action against those responsible for leaking n**e photos of herself and then-boyfriend Tiger Woods. Dozens of such photos of the couple and other celebrities are reportedly being released onto the internet. Here’s my question: If Lindsey Vonn and Tiger...


President announces new Afghanistan strategy - Denison Forum

David Livingstone, the missionary to Africa, said, “I will go anywhere, as long as it is forward.” Can you say the same?

denisonforum.org Last night, President Trump announced a new strategy for winning America’s longest war. Our troops have been in Afghanistan for almost sixteen years; more than two thousand American soldiers have died there. The president plans to deploy more troops to continue training Afghan forces, with the goal…


Why today's eclipse matters after today - Denison Forum

When night becomes day once more, we will be reminded that every moment of light and life is a gift from the One who “makes his sun rise” (Matthew 5:45) and “gives to all mankind life and breath” (Acts 17:25).

denisonforum.org Fred Espenak is known as “Mr. Eclipse.” The retired NASA astrophysicist has traveled all over the world to see twenty-seven total solar eclipses. Today, for the first time in thirty-eight years, he can stay in America. The last total eclipse in the United States was in 1979. The last time a total ec...


Actress hid in freezer during terror attack - Denison Forum

He calls us to pray for those devastated in Barcelona as though they lived in our community. He calls us to pray for the conversion of radical Muslims as though they were our brothers and sisters. He calls us to see every hurting soul as a member of our family—because they are.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). Are you?

denisonforum.org A van plowed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. The death toll rose to fourteen this morning, with more than one hundred injured. British actress Laila Rouass live tweeted her experience: “In the middle of the attack. Hiding in a restaurant freezer. Happened so fast. Praying for…


Iceland is eradicating Down syndrome babies - Denison Forum

Why am I writing about Down syndrome today? Because the lives of these precious people are more endangered than ever before.

denisonforum.org Karen Gaffney has participated in a relay swim of the English Channel. She has swum across Lake Tahoe, Boston Harbor, and San Francisco Bay (sixteen times). She has a college degree and an honorary doctorate. She also has Down syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ap...


Why 'Game of Thrones' is popular—and dangerous - Denison Forum

Jesus taught us, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). Thus, we can see Game of Thrones, or we can see God, but we cannot see both.

denisonforum.org NOTE: In response to the continuing controversy over neo-N***s and white supremacists, I have written an article for our website titled Hitler’s Lies: Responding to Na**sm Today. The article explores Hitler’s ideology, the continuing popularity of Na**sm, and three biblical responses. I invite you t...


Holocaust survivor stands up to N***s in America - Denison Forum

Let us be clear: God forbids every kind of discrimination and prejudice. His word declares, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). We are commanded to love each other as Jesus loves us (John 13:34).

denisonforum.org “I escaped the N***s once. You will not defeat me now.” Marianne Rubin held a sign with these words as she joined protests against racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The eighty-nine-year-old New York resident survived the Holocaust. Now she’s standing up to N***s again. Her interview is m...


Hitler's Lies: Responding to Na**sm Today - Denison Forum

What biblical truths should guide us as we respond to the rising racism and Na**sm of our day?

denisonforum.org The world’s oldest man died yesterday. Yisrael Kristal was 113 years old. Remarkably, he was the only member of his immediate family to survive the Holocaust. The rest were among the six million Jews murdered by N***s. More than a million of them were children. I have visited Yad Vashem, the Holocau...


Good news from my travels to 'secular' Scandinavia - Denison Forum

Kenneth McNeil pastors the Waco church that was vandalized by N**i supporters last week. He told reporters that his church is “determined not to allow that fear and that hate to win. We keep going and keep loving on folks and keep offering that forgiveness and that hope that people are looking for.”

Let’s join them.

denisonforum.org NOTE: I am most grateful to Ryan Denison for writing the Daily Article while I was on vacation the last two weeks. Ryan’s insights were brilliant and practical. Our family is very proud of him and thankful for his gifts and ministry. Janet and I returned Saturday from vacationing in Northern Europe....


What the 'world's richest person' says about us - Denison Forum

Lamentably, there’s something in fallen human nature that tempts us to make people a means to our end. Remember when Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath? Because he violated their institutional authority, “the Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him” (Mark 3:6).

denisonforum.org For a few hours, Jeff Bezos was officially the wealthiest person in the world. With a net worth exceeding $90 billion, he passed Bill Gates when shares of Amazon stock surged Thursday morning. The company’s stock then settled down slightly, moving Bezos into second place today. Amazon was named “the...


'Giving up wasn't an option' - Denison Forum

We can grieve the moral direction of our society, but we can also reframe this spiritual crisis as a call to intercession and cultural engagement. We can lament the current decline in religious commitment, but we can also renew our commitment to personal witnessing for our Lord.

denisonforum.org The most inspiring article I’ve read recently comes from an unlikely source. Johnathon Carrington graduated from Georgetown University with a double major in management and finance. While he was valedictorian of his high school class, that school was in an impoverished, drug-infested community. But…


A Coca-Cola ad that foreshadows the future - Denison Forum

The cultural flood continues to rise, threatening to carry everything in its wake. If you don’t want to be swept along, now is the time to drive a biblical stake in the ground, reaffirming your commitment to biblical morality. Now is the time to persuade those you love and influence to do the same.

denisonforum.org “Coke” is the world’s second most recognized word after “okay.” Coca-Cola is one of the most quintessential American brands. When I pastored in Atlanta, our family often visited the World of Coca-Cola, a museum with fascinating displays of historical American culture. But what we see in the US is ap...


UFOs appear over England and Mexico - Denison Forum

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93 percent of their life indoors. Even five minutes spent outdoors has been shown to improve both mood and self-esteem. A full day in nature is especially beneficial.

In short, our technologically enabled withdrawal from creation is starving our souls.

denisonforum.org An unidentified flying object made headlines recently when it appeared over southwest England. A “flying saucer” was spotted last week over Mexico. Is your first inclination to believe that these were probably visits from outer space? Your answer may depend on whether you went to church last Sunday,...


Why a typo in Wendy's sign is 'divine comedy' - Denison Forum

There is only one way to live a life of transcendent, transformational purpose: we must give ourselves to the transcendent, transformational King of the universe. David testified: “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me” (Psalm 57:2). Before God can do the latter, David must do the former.

denisonforum.org “Divine comedy” is how AP News describes a typographical error in a Wendy’s sign. The fast-food restaurant in Palm Beach County, Florida, recently installed a sign reading, “All of Wendy’s sins off one word—FRESH.” The word was supposed to be “spins.” While the restaurant could use a better proofrea...


Learning from the tragedy of O. J. Simpson - Dr. Jim Denison

If anyone “had it all,” it was O. J. Simpson in 1973, the year he became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards and was named Most Valuable Player. No one then would have imagined that he would become one of the most tragic figures of the century. But this famous athlete became an infamous criminal before our eyes.

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Stephen Colbert makes news for the wrong reason - Dr. Jim Denison

You and I know that Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. We know that it’s unfair to judge the sinless Son of God by his sinful followers. But lost people disagree, especially when they are looking for reasons to justify their rejection of our faith.

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When to attend a wedding - Dr. Jim Denison

What about a Christian marrying a non-Christian? What if the marrying couple is living together before their wedding? What if either person has been divorced? If we don’t attend the wedding, how can we minister to the couple?

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How to respond to the intolerance of tolerance - Dr. Jim Dension

Here’s the balance between grace and truth: God’s truth leads us to obedience that positions us to experience God’s grace. The most gracious thing we can do for others, therefore, is to offer them biblical truth. We need to do so with humility in love, but they deserve to know God’s word on the issues we face.

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Garth Brooks offers to pay for Hawaiian honeymoon - Dr. Jim Denison

Garth Brooks was performing in Oklahoma City when he noticed a commotion in the crowd: a man had just proposed to his fiancée. Brooks stopped the concert to ask their names. Then he told them that he and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, would pay for their honeymoon if they went to Hawaii.

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Man caught in ATM seeks help through receipt slot - Dr. Jim Denison

We can choose “Kid Rock” morality, or we can stand on the rock of Jesus’ word (Matthew 7:24–25). But we cannot do both.

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Why it matters that Kid Rock will run for Senate - Denison Forum

We can choose “Kid Rock” morality, or we can stand on the rock of Jesus’ word (Matthew 7:24–25). But we cannot do both.

denisonforum.org Who is Kid Rock, and why should you care that he plans to run for the US Senate? The musician, whose birth name is Robert James Ritchie, is a rapper and singer whose albums have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide. An outspoken conservative, he endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2...


Should you attend a same-s*x wedding? - Dr. Jim Denison

“Speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) is our challenge, our mandate, and our privilege.

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Man stops talking for 17 years - Denison Forum

Our Lord calls us to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Mother Teresa noted, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.” Francois Fenelon observed, “How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.”

How quiet is your soul today?

denisonforum.org John Francis did not speak for seventeen years. The problem wasn’t with his voice but with his soul. As he explained, “I used words to hide from people, and from myself. . . . I decided not to speak for one day, as a kind of gift to my community. My girlfriend thought I was …


Six psychological tricks for eating less - Dr. Jim Denison

When we see our bodies as ours to use and the world as ours to rule, we see life through the prism of our fallen culture. When we see our bodies as the Holy Spirit’s to use (1 Corinthians 3:16) and the world as our Father’s to rule (Psalm 22:28), we see life through the prism of Scripture.

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Navy sailor gave his life to save his 'kids' - Dr. Jim Denison

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The sailors saved by Gary Rehm will spend the rest of their lives knowing that someone loved them enough to give his life for them. Imagine the sense of personal worth and significance such knowledge would bring.

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'Democrats seek first big win of Trump era' - Dr. Jim Denison

So much of what matters so much on earth is of little consequence in heaven. Even Christians are tempted to make more of the church than we do of Christ. That’s because our culture measures success by what it can see—buildings, programs, activities. But God measures success by what he can see—”man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

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Police treating London mosque assault as terrorism - Dr. Jim Denison

Part of our divinely created nature is our capacity for freedom. As a result, we can refuse to return violence for violence. We can refuse to let our achievements limit our dreams. We can view injuries as invitations to a new life.

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Sending the Bat-signal in 'times of trouble' - Dr. Jim Denison

Followers of Jesus have a strategic role to play. Scripture is clear: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear”. We are commanded “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people”. When we stand boldly for truth in a spirit of love, we imitate Jesus and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Eighteen centuries ago, Justin Martyr claimed that good Christians make good citizens. Let’s prove him right.

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'It would have been a massacre' - Dr. Jim Denison

I urge you to consider the reality that you are one day closer to eternity than ever before. Is that fact good news for you? If not, why not?

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