Jim Denison

Jim Denison

Jim Denison is president of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture and theologian-in-residence for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

 

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Separating church and schools

On June 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that New York City can block religious groups from using public school facilities for worship services. This ruling is significant far beyond its immediate context.

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Anthony Weiner and spiritual schizophrenia

Had you heard of Anthony Weiner last month? The New York congressman has served in the House of Representatives since 1999, but most of us didn't know his name before the lewd pictures he sent to at least six women made global headlines. At this writing, Rep. Weiner continues to resist calls to resign.

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Thank you, Harold Camping

Traveling abroad this week with limited Internet access and writing nine hours after Harold Camping’s failed prediction that the Rapture would begin May 21, I find myself oddly grateful.

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Will the world end on May 21?

A billboard on the way to my office proclaims "Judgment Day May 21" and states that "The Bible Guarantees It." The group behind this prediction has purchased 1,200 billboards in the United States and 2,000 in foreign countries announcing their claim. They have also sent 20 recreational vehicles around the country emblazoned with their message. Media professionals believe they have spent as much as $3 million in advertising.

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The ‘Arab Spring’ and the future of American Christianity

Wildfires recently destroyed 120,000 acres and 180 homes in an area 100 miles west of the city where I live. Driving through the region, I was amazed by the indiscriminate nature of the damage. A torched field stood next to an untouched wooden swing set. First Baptist Church of Possum Kingdom lost their sanctuary but their gymnasium was intact. Why the winds push wildfires in one direction and not another is a mystery.

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Is America in decline?

Name this country: the world’s strongest military; its currency the global standard; the highest education rate per capita in the world; the global center of commerce and industry. The answer is Great Britain, in 1900.

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Why terrorism is getting worse

Despite nearly a decade of war, al Qaeda is stronger today than when it carried out the 9/11 attacks." So begins Leah Farrall's fascinating article in the current edition of Foreign Affairs. Farrall is former senior counterterrorism intelligence analyst with the Australian Federal Police and is completing her Ph.D. thesis on al Qaeda and militant Islam.

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Are these the ‘end times?’

Japan's prime minister calls the March 11 earthquake and tsunami his country's worst crisis since World War II. More than 12,000 are dead or missing, a number which will continue to grow. Nuclear reactors have been damaged catastrophically. It will take years for the world's third-largest economy to recover fully.

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Awakening in the Middle East

Who would have imagined a month ago that Hosni Mubarak would be displaced by a pro-democracy movement fueled by social media? Or that activists would oust the dictator of Tunisia, force the leader of Jordan to replace his government and fill the streets of Tehran and Tripoli with demonstrators? How did this unprecedented uprising in the Arab world begin? What is its relevance to the rest of the world? What is its spiritual significance?

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The National Prayer Breakfast and redemption

On Feb. 3, I was among more than 3,000 guests attending this year's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Reflecting upon the experience, it seemed that all the presentations could be summarized in a single theological assertion: God redeems all that he allows.

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