Jim Denison

Christian Post Columnist

A Biblical Response to the Trump NFL Row

At a rally last Friday, President Trump called on NFL owners to fire a player who "disrespects our flag." In response, the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in their locker room when "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played. What biblical principles are relevant to this controversy?

Trusting God in Hard Times: A 9/11 Reflection

Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma tore through southwest Florida yesterday. Christians across the country have prayed for Americans to be spared from the wrath of this unprecedented storm, but millions have been impacted by it. Is unanswered prayer is evidence that there is no God to answer it?

Travelers Fleeing Irma Complain About Airfares

Last Monday, John Lyons purchased a one-way ticket from Miami to get his daughter out of the path of Hurricane Irma. The ticket cost $159.20. By today, the price had climbed to $1,028. His social media post expressing his outrage soon went viral.

4 Lessons From the Joel Osteen Controversy

The media has publicized appalling condemnations of Joel Osteen's church before giving him an opportunity to respond. But a story about an "uncaring" megachurch fits the secular narrative of our "religion is irrelevant or dangerous" culture.

Hitler's Lies: Responding to Nazism Today

Any time a country faces an uncertain future, some turn to the past. Neo-Nazis are rising in popularity wherever white people feel threatened and victimized. What biblical truths should guide us as we respond to the rising racism and Nazism of our day?

3 Reasons You Must Not See 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Fifty Shades of Grey tells the story of Ana, a college student, and Christian, a successful entrepreneur. The two engage in a sexual relationship that becomes increasingly abusive. Tonight, the film version of the novel premieres in theaters, timed for the Valentine's Day weekend.

Are 'Mass Casualty Attacks Against the West' Coming?

Who is responsible for the escalating terrorism we face? Shortly after the Paris attacks, Ayaan Hirsi Ali published a fascinating op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. She points to "The Quranic Concept of War," which claims that victory for Islam depends on striking terror in the soul of the enemy. Some take this fact to mean that Islam is to blame for those who commit atrocities in its name. Others claim that the same logic could be applied to medieval Crusaders. Here's the difference between Islam and Christianity, in my view: the Enlightenment.

'My Husband's Not Gay' Sparks Major Protest

Jeff, Pret and Curtis are men who say they are attracted to men but are not gay. In fact, all three are married to women; all have children. They are Mormons, and believe that a gay lifestyle is precluded by their faith. "My Husband's Not Gay," the TLC show that tells their story, has sparked major protests. If you agree with God's word on the subject of sexual activity, you find yourself increasingly in the cultural minority.

Google's Top 10 Searches in 2014: Ebola and Frozen

What do the movie Frozen and the Ebola epidemic have in common? They share the fact that they made the top 10 list of Google searches for 2014. And they illustrate this lesson: people matter forever. The most important things in life are not things.

Is God at Work in Ferguson?

Like you, I have been watching the tragedy unfold in Ferguson and wondering if any good can come from such chaos. The father of Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot by Officer Darren Wilson, has stated: "Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. . . . I do not want my son's death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone." How could such change happen?

How Did One Man Use $10 to Feed 28,992 Children?

Anton Cobb decided to help the local food bank in Portland, Oregon. So he put a checkered cloth on a table in a busy area near his office. He sat there during his lunch break next to a sign which read, "I am skipping lunch. So that 30 children won't. Will you join me? Donate your lunch money to the Oregon Food Bank."

What Sesame Street Taught Me About Ministry

Sesame Street is 45 years old today. The show debuted on November 10, 1969, and has become the longest-running children's show in U.S. TV history. Things have changed over the decades—now Cookie Monster sometimes eats fruits and vegetables. But that's only the beginning of the story. What can Sesame Street teach us about ministry? Consider three answers.

Are You Tired of Negative Political Ads?

If you live in one of the 11 states where a Senate race is closely contested, you may be thinking of leaving home until after the November election. One study found that voters are seeing an attack on a candidate in 3 of every 4 Senate ads. You and I can't do much about the negative ads we must endure for another two weeks. But we can do something about our response to the anger they reflect.

Did God Cause Second Ebola Case in Dallas?

A second Ebola patient was diagnosed in Dallas. This is the first person infected in the United States. If God is sovereign, he must either allow or cause all that happens. Which is true for this outbreak? What might God be saying to us?

'Left Behind:' Will There Be a Rapture?

Most who believe there will be rapture expect it to be followed by a seven-year Great Tribulation, which will lead to the Second Coming of Jesus, a thousand-year reign of Christ on earth (the "millennium"), and then eternity. Some predict the rapture during the middle of the Great Tribulation, others at the end, but most are "pre-tribulational." Is this doctrine biblical?