Denison Forum on Truth and Culture logo

Cultural Commentary

Are Christians changing their minds on gay marriage?

A person wearing a rainbow-colored tie and Equality Texas flag joins faith leaders and congregation members of various churches from around the state rally on the step of the Texas Capitol steps to call for more equality for same-sex couples, Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in Austin, Texas (Credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay) Tony Campolo is one of America's best-known evangelicals.  His wife has been pushing for "full acceptance" of LGBT persons, as has the organization he founded, Red Letter Christians.  Not surprisingly, Campolo announced this week that he has now revised his position on the issue of gay marriage, and is calling for "the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church."

A former editor of Christianity Today (America's leading evangelical magazine, founded by Billy Graham) praised Campolo's move.  David Neff stated, "I think the ethically responsible thing for gay and lesbian Christians to do is to form lasting, covenanted partnerships.  I also believe that the church should help them in those partnerships in the same way the church should fortify traditional marriages."

Hits: 10237

Read more: Are Christians changing their minds on gay marriage?

Driver describes lion attack that killed tourist

A lion seen at The Lion Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, where an American tourist was attacked and mauled to death through an open window in her vehicle, walks across a dirt road in front of a jeep at night The Lion Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, Jun 1, 2015 (Credit: AP/Rex Features/van Heerden)A 22-year-old American tourist made headlines recently when she was killed by a lion in a South African wildlife park.  Now the driver of the vehicle has given his account of the tragedy.  According to him, the vehicle's windows were up when they entered the park.  He says the woman rolled down her window when they approached a lion, which then mauled her through the open window.  He called for an ambulance and tried to stop her bleeding, but she died shortly thereafter.

This tragedy is also a parable of our times.  It seems that everywhere we turn, lions are lurking.  Consider four examples.

Hits: 2627

Read more: Driver describes lion attack that killed tourist

ISIS fighter who enjoyed killing Christians dreams of Jesus

Islamic State group militants posing in Yarmouk Palestinian camp, located in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, that is partially now under their control, April 7, 2015 (Credit: AP/SIPA USA/Balkis Press)An ISIS fighter who says he "enjoyed killing Christians" has told missionaries that he has been having dreams of a man in white.  The man told him, "You are killing my people."  Before the fighter murdered one Christian, the believer said, "I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible."  He killed the Christian, then took his Bible and began to read it.  Jesus appeared to him again, calling him to become a Christian.  Now the man is asking missionaries how he can become a follower of Christ and be discipled.

Muslims the world over are having such dreams of Jesus.  God is miraculously at work around the world—missionaries are reporting record numbers of conversions within Buddhist and Hindu cultures as well.  And the Spirit is also working dramatically among the Jewish people.

Hits: 12862

Read more: ISIS fighter who enjoyed killing Christians dreams of Jesus

Scientist sneaks marriage proposal into publication

Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology proposed in a paper on a new species of dinosaur, June 4, 2015 (Credit: CBC)Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta, Canada may have won this year's "most creative wedding proposal" award.  He published a study last Thursday describing a recently-discovered dinosaur species.  In the paper's acknowledgements he stated, "C.M.B. would specifically like to highlight the ongoing and unwavering support of Lorna O'Brien.  Lorna, will you marry me?"  She said yes.

I'd like to adapt Dr. Brown's idea for today's Cultural Commentary.  Thirty-five years ago yesterday, my wife and I were married.  You can be forgiven for not knowing that we were married on June 7, 1980.  We didn't make the cover of Time magazine that week, which was devoted to the Mount St. Helens eruption.  Nor did anyone write a novel about us—Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity was making headlines, but nowhere mentioned us.  Mel Gibson was married on the same day—his wedding made more news than ours did.

Hits: 1277

Read more: Scientist sneaks marriage proposal into publication

Plumber almost misses $136M lottery payday

Anthony Perosi (R) and son Anthony Perosi III (L) pose for a photo holding a check for the $136 million Powerball jackpot picked March 14, which they will split, June 4, 2015 (Credit: New York Daily News/Joe Marino)Anthony Perosi is a plumber in New York City.  He bought a lottery ticket last March 14, and pinned it to the wall behind a pipe in his basement.  A friend told him that a school teacher won the day's lottery, so he didn't bother to check his numbers.  A month later, he finally did and discovered that he won.  Yesterday, he collected his payment.  Perosi plans to continue working as a plumber, but says he "will be able to relax a little more and not have any worries financially."  Maybe, maybe not.

Jeffrey Dampier won a $20 million lottery jackpot in Florida.  His sister-in-law and her boyfriend kidnapped and murdered him in a plot to steal his money.  William Post III won $16.2 million in the lottery.  His brother tried to hire a hit man to have him killed.  He eventually liquidated his assets and served time in prison for assaulting a debt collector.  According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 70 percent of Americans who experience a sudden windfall lose the money within a few years.

Hits: 2014

Read more: Plumber almost misses $136M lottery payday

Latest News

17304 Preston Rd | Suite 1060 | Dallas | TX | 75252-5618 | 214-705-3710
© 2009-2015 Copyright, Denison Forum. All rights reserved.