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Why we must choose life

January 19, 2024 -

Abortion is the moral issue of our day.

As the National Sanctity of Human Life Day arrives this January 21, Dr. Jim Denison and Dr. Mark Turman discuss why being pro-life matters so deeply.

Before they launch into that important conversation, they discuss the historical and biblical significance of the liturgical Christian calendar, including how the season of Lent came about, as well as Denison Forum’s latest book, a Lenten devotional entitled Awaken My Heart.

Then they launch into an in-depth discussion on abortion, its moral implications, and how the church should respond, especially given the current increase in chemical abortions.

Dr. Denison calls believers to take a practical, compassionate, and prophetic stand against the issue of abortion, with a focus on supporting mothers as well as unborn children.

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  • (00:04): Introduction and Overview
  • (00:37): Understanding the Liturgical Christian Calendar
  • (01:28): The History and Significance of the Liturgical Calendar
  • (03:23): The Role of Rhythms and Seasons in Christian Life
  • (04:39): The Protestant Reformation and its Impact on Liturgical Traditions
  • (09:55): The Concept of Lent in Christian Tradition
  • (18:37): The Importance of Sanctity of Life Sunday
  • (22:29): The Seven Pillars of Biblical Flourishing
  • (23:01): The Sanctity of Life and its Biblical Foundation
  • (29:38): Abortion: A Moral Issue of Our Day
  • (31:57): Understanding the Cultural Phenomenon of Abortion
  • (32:24): Reasons Women Choose Abortion
  • (32:57): The Desire for Personal Autonomy
  • (34:12): The Shift in Cultural Morality
  • (35:09): The Importance of Responsibility in Freedom
  • (35:39): The Impact of Personal Privilege on Society
  • (36:36): The Rise of Moral Therapeutic Deism
  • (37:14): Being Pro-Life in Every Biblical Sense
  • (38:16): The Church’s Role in Supporting At-Risk Pregnancies
  • (38:48): Understanding the Complexity of Abortion Decisions
  • (39:47): The Aftermath of the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
  • (42:58): The Increase in Chemical Abortions
  • (45:12): The Role of Church Leaders in Addressing Abortion
  • (50:46): Guidance for Individuals Supporting Someone Considering Abortion
  • (56:33): The Spiritual Battle Surrounding Abortion


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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