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The Denison Forum Podcast discusses timely news and relevant topics with biblical insight and practical applications.

Hosted by Dr. Mark Turman and featuring Dr. Jim Denison, as well as guests from time to time, this discussion-oriented podcast will help Christians further develop a biblical worldview on current events, equipping them to be salt and light for Christ in their spheres of influence.

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The Denison Forum Podcast discusses timely news and relevant topics with biblical insight and practical applications.

Hosted by Dr. Mark Turman and featuring Dr. Jim Denison, as well as guests from time to time, this discussion-oriented podcast will help Christians further develop a biblical worldview on current events, equipping them to be salt and light for Christ in their spheres of influence.

    Why must Christians be civil in uncivil times? - Part 7

    Why must Christians be civil in uncivil times? - Part 7

    In this seventh episode of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Denison discusses the significance of political civility. He answers questions such as: 
    Are we living in “unprecedented” times? Why are so many Christians now energized by politics? How can Christians deepen their reliance on the Holy Spirit? 
    He emphasizes the binary choice between exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit or the flesh, urging Christians to act as cultural missionaries through biblically rooted political engagement and daily reliance on the Holy Spirit.
    For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “The lost art of civility.”
    Topics
    (03:14): Diving Deep into Political Civility and Biblical Flourishing
    (07:23): Unpacking the Unprecedented: Navigating Today's Political Landscape
    (12:03): The Power of Participation: Engaging in Democracy with Hope
    (15:45): Navigating Politics with Faith Over Fear
    (32:27): The Role of Christians in Promoting Biblical Civility
    (35:31): The Importance of Preserving Christian Witness in Politics
    (39:26): The Role of Civility in Political Engagement
    (43:11): Challenging the 'End Justifies the Means' Mentality in Politics
    (52:11): The Dangers of Celebrity in Politics and Leadership
    (01:02:25): Embracing the Holy Spirit in Political Civility
    Resources
    Episode Transcript (PDF)The lost art of civilityRespectfully, I DisagreeA pathway for becoming culture-changing Christians - Part 1Live by biblical truth and authority- Part 2The power of Christ to change the culture - Part 3Who determines the value of life? - Part 4What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? - Part 5What is God’s design for sex and relationships? - Part 6
    About Dr. Jim DenisonJim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.
    About Dr. Mark TurmanDr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.
    About Denison ForumDenison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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    What is God's design for sex and relationships? - Part 6

    What is God's design for sex and relationships? - Part 6

    In this sixth episode of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Denison discusses biblical sexuality. He explores the history of sexual ethics, the impact of cultural shifts on biblical truths regarding sexuality, and the need for clear teaching and reliance on the Holy Spirit to live out God's design for sex and relationships.
    The conversation also touches on topics such as cohabitation, same-sex attraction, transgenderism, and pornography, emphasizing the importance of community, biblical teaching, and the transformative power of God's love and redemption. 
    For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “Is biblical sexuality outdated and irrelevant? ”
    Topics(01:22):  Inspirations from CS Lewis and Tolkien: Seeking Clarity in Today's Culture
    (03:20): The Pillars of Being Christian in Today's Culture: A Series Overview
    (04:46): Diving Deep into Biblical Sexuality: A Critical Pillar for Believers
    (10:53): The Historical Journey: From Biblical Authority to the Sexual Revolution
    (18:41): The Consequences of the Sexual Revolution: Legal Battles and Cultural Shifts
    (21:55): The Future of Marriage and Family: Declining Birth Rates and Societal Impacts
    (26:26): Addressing the Spiritual Battle: Satan's Role in Undermining Biblical Values
    (29:32): The Enduring Relevance of Biblical Marriage and Family
    (32:41): Pop Culture's Reflection on Relationship Dynamics
    (35:03): The Societal and Psychological Impacts of Polygamy and Polyamory
    (39:44): Transitioning to New Testament Teachings on Marriage
    (46:26): The Challenge of Living Out Biblical Sexual Ethics Today
    (49:59): The Role of the Holy Spirit in Overcoming Sexual Temptation
    (55:56): Concluding Thoughts on God's Love and Redemption
    ResourcesEpisode Transcript (PDF)
    Is biblical sexuality outdated and irrelevant? 
    Sacred Sexuality:Reclaiming God's Design
    A pathway for becoming culture-changing Christians - Part 1
    Live by biblical truth and authority- Part 2
    The power of Christ to change the culture - Part 3
    Who determines the value of life? - Part 4
    What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? - Part 5

    About Dr. Jim DenisonJim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.
    About Dr. Mark TurmanDr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.
    About Denison ForumDenison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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    What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? - Part 5

    What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? - Part 5

    In this fifth episode of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Denison discusses biblical righteousness. He answers questions such as: 
    What is the difference between righteousness and biblical righteousness? Is righteousness the same thing as justice? What does it look like to be righteous in today’s society?
    The conversation with Dr. Denison also addresses topics such as racism, gender inequality, economic disparities, immigration, and environmental stewardship. Their conversation seeks to encourage Christians to think biblically, live holy lives, and act redemptively in order to foster a world that flourishes by God's design.
    For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “What is biblical righteousness?”
    Topics
    (01:55): Diving Deep into Biblical Righteousness
    (08:12): The Challenge of Hypocrisy in Pursuing Righteousness
    (14:05): Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness: A Biblical Perspective
    (22:28): Navigating Complex Cultural Issues with a Biblical Lens
    (31:40): The Role of Social Media and Celebrity Culture in Shaping Public Values
    (33:09): Addressing Racism: From Historical Context to Personal Experiences
    (38:03): The Complex Landscape of Progress and Challenges in Combating Racism
    (45:35): Exploring Gender Equality and the Biblical Perspective on Women's Roles
    (50:5): Immigration, Borders, and the Biblical Call for Compassion
    (57:53): Confronting Simplification and Polarization in Societal Debates

    Resources
    Episode Transcript (PDF)
    What is biblical righteousness?
    A pathway for becoming culture-changing Christians - Part 1
    Live by biblical truth and authority- Part 2
    The power of Christ to change the culture - Part 3
    Who determines the value of life - Part 4

    About Dr. Jim Denison
    Jim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.
    About Dr. Mark Turman
    Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.
    About Denison Forum
    Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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    Who determines the value of life? - Part 4

    Who determines the value of life? - Part 4

    In this fourth episode of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Denison discusses the sanctity of life as a pillar for biblical flourishing. He answers questions such as: 
    Is life intrinsically sacred? Who determines the value of life? Is euthanasia a sin?
    The conversation with Dr. Denison highlights the intrinsic value of life from a biblical standpoint, spanning from issues like abortion to broader considerations of human dignity and societal values. He also tackles ethical dilemmas related to human life, euthanasia, and the impact of evolutionary and psychoanalytic theories on society, emphasizing the significance of recognizing the value of every human life.
    For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “The sanctity of life from conception to natural death.”

    Topics(01:04): Introducing the Series: Being Christian in Today's Culture
    (02:31): Exploring the Sanctity of Life: A Deep Dive
    (08:11): The Impact of Christianity on Society and Culture
    (15:01): Christianity's Role in Advancing Women's Status and Addressing Immigration
    (22:13): Ontology and the Sacredness of Life: A Philosophical Examination
    (30:14): The Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Conflicts and Surveillance Societies
    (35:43): The Slippery Slope of Utilitarian Ethics in Euthanasia and Abortion
    (45:11): Marxism, Capitalism, and the Sanctity of Life
    (55:04): The Importance of a Biblical Worldview on Identity and Value

    ResourcesEpisode Transcript (PDF)
    The sanctity of life from conception to natural death
    A pathway for becoming culture-changing Christians - Part 1
    Live by biblical truth and authority- Part 2
    The power of Christ to change the culture - Part 3

    About Dr. Jim DenisonJim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.

    About Dr. Mark TurmanDr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.

    About Denison ForumDenison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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    The power of Christ to change the culture - Part 3

    The power of Christ to change the culture - Part 3

    In this third episode of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Denison discusses the necessity of faith in Christ as a pillar for biblical flourishing. He answers questions such as: 
    What is faith? How can a life transformed by faith in Christ transform the culture? What is the difference between religion and morality?
    The conversation with Dr. Denison also covers the significance of the Holy Spirit in empowering believers to live out their faith, the challenge of maintaining Christian beliefs in an increasingly secular culture, and the practical ways Christians can influence society positively.
    For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “The necessity of personal faith in Christ.”
    Topics
    (00:31): Introducing the Series: Being Christian in Today's Culture
    (02:09): Defining Terms: Equipped vs. Armed
    (03:24): The Cultural Warrior vs. Cultural Missionary Debate
    (07:28): Exploring Worldviews and Metanarratives
    (11:10): The Impact of Technology on Storytelling and Worldviews
    (18:02): The Necessity of Faith in Christ for Personal and Corporate Flourishing
    (22:06): Understanding Biblical Flourishing in Marriage and Society
    (31:08): Exploring the Necessity of Faith in Christ
    (34:23): The Role of the Holy Spirit in Empowering Believers
    (39:34): The Impact of Faith on Morality and Democracy
    (43:52): Christianity's Unique Contribution to Moral Society
    (47:19): Navigating Faith in a Pluralistic Society
    (53:02): Living Out Faith in Today's World
    (01:01:24): Concluding Thoughts on Being Christian in Today's Culture
    Resources
    Episode Transcript (PDF)
    The necessity of personal faith in of Christ
    A pathway for becoming culture-changing Christians - Part 1
    Live by biblical truth and authority- Part 2
    About Dr. Jim Denison
    Jim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.
    About Dr. Mark Turman
    Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.
    About Denison Forum
    Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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    Live by biblical truth and authority - Part 2

    Live by biblical truth and authority - Part 2

    In part two of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Jim Denison explores the intersection of biblical truth, authority, and cultural relevance for Christians today answering questions such as:
    What does it mean to embrace biblical truth and authority in the modern world? What does it mean to love God with all your mind? What is truth? 
    The conversation highlights the significance of understanding and adhering to biblical principles, not as mere beliefs but as authoritative guides for life's decisions. It emphasizes the transformative power of submitting to biblical authority and striving to live out one's faith authentically in society. Dr. Denison also discusses the role of education and critical thinking in faith, underscoring the need for discernment and engagement with culture without compromising biblical integrity. 
    For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “Why we should live by biblical truth and authority.”
    Topics
    (00:31): Introducing the Seven Pillars of Biblical Flourishing(08:21): The Importance of Loving God and Loving Others: A Deep Dive(11:26): Embracing Biblical Truth and Authority: A Rational Approach to Faith(12:12): Understanding the Mind in Faith: Rational, Practical, and Intuitive Knowledge(18:22): The Journey Between Head and Heart: Integrating Rational and Emotional Faith(26:16): Leveraging Our Minds for Faith: The Role of Thoughts in Spiritual Growth(29:47): Harnessing the Power of a Trained Mind(31:03): The Quest for Truth: A Philosophical Journey(32:34): Objective vs. Subjective Truth: Navigating Modern Challenges(45:09): The Impact of Academic Institutions on Cultural Perceptions of Truth(55:10): Embracing Biblical Authority: The Path to Flourishing
    Resources
    Episode Transcript (PDF)Why we should live by biblical truth and authorityHow to become a culture-changing Christian The Greatest Commandment CourseAbout Dr. Jim Denison
    Jim Denison, PhD, is a cultural theologian and the founder and CEO of Denison Ministries. He speaks biblically into significant cultural issues at Denison Forum. He is the chief author of The Daily Article and has written more than 30 books, including The Coming Tsunami, the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series, and The Fifth Great Awakening.
    About Dr. Mark Turman
    Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.
    About Denison Forum
    Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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