History is His story: On Jesus’ greatest commandment, the January 6 riot, and the importance of history

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History is His story: On Jesus’ greatest commandment, the January 6 riot, and the importance of history

January 5, 2024 -

What is the greatest thing Jesus ever said? How can we listen, follow, and know him more deeply? How will knowing Jesus enable us to love better in every area of life? How can we look back historically and biblically so we can see the future more clearly?

In this conversation between Dr. Jim Denison, Dr. Ryan Denison, and Dr. Mark Turman, they discuss:

  • the launch of Denison Forum’s free course The Greatest Commandment,
  • the third-year anniversary of the January 6th Capitol riot,
  • and the importance and impact of history on the Christian faith.

May you be encouraged, challenged, and inspired in your faith and in your witness to the culture.


  • (01:34): What is the greatest thing Jesus ever said?
  • (04:32): Because Jesus shared the greatest commandment, why do we need the rest of the Bible?
  • (06:42): What can people expect when they take the Greatest Commandment course?
  • (11:18): What does the January 6, 2021 riot reveal about our culture? Was it an insurrection?
  • (18:20): How will history consider the January 6 events?
  • (22:21): How should Christians allow history to influence their faith?
  • (29:32): How important is history to Christianity?
  • (36:14): How does history help us trust Scripture?
  • (42:09): How is an understanding of history important to living out the greatest commandment?


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. Ryan Denison

Ryan Denison, PhD, is the Senior Editor for Theology at Denison Forum. Ryan writes The Daily Article every Friday and contributes writing and research to many of the ministry’s productions. He holds a PhD in church history from BH Carroll Theological Institute after having earned his MDiv at Truett Seminary. He’s authored The Path to Purpose, What Are My Spiritual Gifts?, How to Bless God by Blessing Others, 7 Deadly Sins, and has contributed writing or research to every Denison Forum book.

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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