Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective. Cultural scholar, pastor, and author Dr. Jim Denison offers news discerned differently through The Daily Article, his daily email newsletter and podcast, and through books, interviews, articles, and more at DenisonForum.org.
In 2009, Jim Denison and Jeff Byrd founded the Denison Forum in Dallas, Texas, with three employees. Their goal was to encourage spiritual awakening while equipping believers to engage with the issues and news of the day. Jim Denison’s The Daily Article is distributed via email, social media, and podcast to hundreds of thousands of culture-changing Christians daily.
About Dr. Jim Denison
Dr. Denison is a cultural scholar, pastor, and author who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day.
He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.
Every weekday morning, his Daily Article email newsletter reaches more than 240,000 readers, and The Daily Article podcast is downloaded more than 80,000 times each month. Dr. Denison’s social media following has a reach of 2.1 million, with over 400,000 Facebook followers.
He is a widely sought speaker, podcaster, and subject-matter expert on radio about cultural issues from a biblical perspective. Dr. Denison has been a frequent guest on Equipped with Chris Brooks (Moody Radio) and the nationally syndicated Point of View with Kerby Anderson (360+ radio stations).
He is the author of multiple books, including:
- Bright Hope for Tomorrow: How Jesus’ Parables Illuminate Our Darkest Days
- Respectfully, I Disagree: How to Be a Civil Person in an Uncivil Time
- and the Biblical Insight to Tough Questions series
Dr. Denison has taught on the philosophy of religion and apologetics at several seminaries.
His residencies and fellowships include:
- Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health
- Senior Fellow with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
- Senior Fellow for Cultural Studies at Dallas Baptist University’s Institute for Global Engagement
- Scholar Fellow with CEO Forum
He is also a cultural consultant for various organizations that seek a Christian worldview on current events.
Prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, he pastored churches in Texas and Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jim and his wife, Janet, live in Dallas, Texas. They have two sons and four grandchildren.
Dr. Denison’s testimony
My father was so active in his church that his friends thought he might go into vocational ministry. When World War II began, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in the South Pacific. He experienced such horrific atrocities that he never attended church services again.
As a result, I was raised in a family that was loving and supportive but with no spiritual life and all my father’s questions. He contracted a skin disease during his military service that plagued him for the rest of his life. He had his first heart attack when I was two years old and died of a second heart attack when I was in college.
Consequently, faith questions have been part of my life for all of my life.
When I was fifteen years old, a Baptist church in our community invited me to ride their bus to church. That’s how I first heard the gospel. I did not understand everything I heard, but I saw something in these Christians I did not find in my life—a sense of peace, joy, and purpose.
I kept attending Sunday school and church. Several weeks later, I asked my Bible study teacher how I could have what she had. She then led me to personal faith in Christ.
However, my father’s questions were still my questions: How do we know the Bible is true? What about other religions? Why does God allow bad things to happen? Over time, I concluded that there was something wrong with my faith because I still had doubts.
Then a friend gave me a copy of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and it changed my life. For the first time, I encountered someone who dealt with faith intellectually. I still have that copy and reread it occasionally.
Over time, God drew me into vocational ministry and then into the academic study of my faith. I received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in philosophy of religion and have taught apologetics (methods of defending the faith) with four seminaries over the years. As a pastor of four churches, I often focused on faith questions as well.
In 2009, we launched Denison Forum so I could devote myself full-time to answering cultural questions with biblical truth. Our purpose is to equip Christians to think biblically about contemporary issues so they can use their influence more effectively for Christ.
But the common denominator across these many years has been the same: answering my father’s questions. I’ve learned that my Father’s answers are enough for my mind and my soul.
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