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Why must Christians be civil in uncivil times?

Episode 7 of "Being Christian in today's culture"

May 16, 2024 -

In this seventh episode of our special eight-episode series called “Being Christian in today’s culture,” Dr. Denison discusses the significance of political civility. He answers questions such as: 

Are we living in “unprecedented” times? Why are so many Christians now energized by politics? How can Christians deepen their reliance on the Holy Spirit? 

He emphasizes the binary choice between exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit or the flesh, urging Christians to act as cultural missionaries through biblically rooted political engagement and daily reliance on the Holy Spirit.

For more, read this episode’s accompanying article, “The lost art of civility.”

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  • (03:14): Diving Deep into Political Civility and Biblical Flourishing
  • (07:23): Unpacking the Unprecedented: Navigating Today’s Political Landscape
  • (12:03): The Power of Participation: Engaging in Democracy with Hope
  • (15:45): Navigating Politics with Faith Over Fear
  • (32:27): The Role of Christians in Promoting Biblical Civility
  • (35:31): The Importance of Preserving Christian Witness in Politics
  • (39:26): The Role of Civility in Political Engagement
  • (43:11): Challenging the ‘End Justifies the Means’ Mentality in Politics
  • (52:11): The Dangers of Celebrity in Politics and Leadership
  • (01:02:25): Embracing the Holy Spirit in Political Civility


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. 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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