Daddy Looks Different

By Kate Motaung

The conversation took place way back in my Bible college days, but for some reason it stuck with me.  I was playing table tennis with a guy friend of mine, like we did most days, when we weren’t in class or playing euchre.  And like most days, we talked as we rallied back and forth, the lightweight plastic ball a picture of our conversation.  It would usually alter between lazy, nonchalant flicks of the wrist to the more serious, intentional points. Read more...

Why I Agree with Religion-Basher Bill Maher

By Jim Denison

Comedian Bill Maher is no friend of religion.  He has called God "a psychotic mass-murderer," claims that "faith means making a virtue out of not thinking," and believes that "religion must die for mankind to live."
And yet, when Maher was interviewed recently by Charlie Rose, he became a passionate defender of Christianity.  Rose tried to claim that "a vast number of Christians" hold beliefs that are as radical as those of ISIS.  Maher countered: "No, that's not true.  Not true.  Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it.  Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second class citizens.  Vast numbers of Christians . . . do not believe that if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it." 
Maher's right, of course.  But it's hard to find such support for Christian faith in the news today.
For instance, this week the American Humanist Association announced a "Don't Say the Pledge" campaign, trying to get the phrase "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.  The National Freedom from Religion Foundation is working to get Gideon Bibles removed from university hotel rooms.  Atheists are protesting a cross on a war memorial in an Indiana state park, as well as a pizza restaurant in Wisconsin that gives a discount to people who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays.
In your opinion, is our culture's moral trajectory getting better or worse?  Are we living more by biblical truth, or less?  What can believers do to make a difference?
We often hear that "the truth will set you free," and that's true.  But there's a caveat: Jesus told a group of followers, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples."  Then and only then, "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32).  To know the truth, we must know the One who is the Truth (John 14:6).  The best way to reverse the moral slide of our day is to help people meet Jesus.  It is to pray, speak, and act in ways that lead others to him.  It is to define success by the question, Did I help people follow Jesus today?
This question motivates our ministry every day.  The Denison Forum engages contemporary issues with biblical truth, offers biblical teaching on practical life subjects, and provides devotional resources to help you encounter God more deeply.  God has grown our ministry so that we now reach more than 85,000 people in 203 countries every weekday, and our websites have received more than 3.3 million page views so far this year.
Twice a year we ask our readers to help us financially.  We are a donor-based ministry, depending entirely on the support of those who give to us.  So we are participating today in North Texas Giving Day, an annual fundraising event that has raised more than $60 million for nonprofits in our community over the last five years.
North Texas Giving Day provides a unique opportunity for organizations like ours because Communities Foundation of Texas has raised $2 million in bonus and prize funds.  Every gift given online of $25 and more will receive a portion of these funds.  And every gift matters.  Last year, 54 percent of our donors gave $100 or less.  A gift of $25 enables the Cultural Comment Read more...

25 Ways to Teach Your Child to Have an Attitude of Entitlement

By Debbie Holloway

Connie at Smockity Frocks (wife and homeschooling mom of 8 kids) has written an article called “25 Ways to Teach Your Child to Have an Attitude of Entitlement” – a tongue-in-cheek description of the many ways children become spoiled by well-meaning parents. A few choice “tips” include: Read more...

Truett Cathy's Legacy

By Shawn McEvoy

Photo credit: TruettCathy.com

Christians & Tattoos

By Will Honeycutt

Tattoos are more popular than ever. Currently one in five U.S. adults has at least one tattoo (21percent) which is up from the 16 percent and 14 percent who reported having a tattoo in 2003 and 2008, respectively, by the Harris Poll. Entertainers, professional athletes, and even a 2009 version of Barbie, have multiple, and very visible, tattoos. With such prevalence and rising interest, Christians rightfully ask what the Bible says about tattoos.   Read more...

Financial Insomnia

By Richard Barrington

Like car alarms that go off at 3 a.m. or those echoing drips in the bathroom sink, financial worries are costing many Americans sleep, according to a recent poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). Read more...

Grandpa Doesn't Remember

By Sarah Hamaker

When your father doesn’t remember who exactly you are, it can be hard to stay connected—and to keep your children attached to their grandparent. My father has Alzheimer’s, and I’ve moved from being a daughter named Sarah to “that girl with the kids.” Read more...

Obedience Osteen Style

By Alex Crain

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us,” wrote A.W. Tozer over half a century ago in chapter one of his book, The Knowledge of the Holy. A right view of God is necessary not only for systematic theology but also for practical Christian living. Read more...

"Blasphemy Challenge" Encourages People to Curse God

By Amanda Casanova

An internet challenge is calling upon people to post a clip of them cursing God or rejecting the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives. The spcalled "Blasphemy Challenge” is a way to promote atheism, according to promoters.
Promoters are even sending free DVD documentaries against Christianity to teens who complete the challenge and post their video online. "It (the blasphemy challenge) exposes the crock that is Christian doctrine,” one of the project's organizers told Fox News.
The challenge comes from Mark 3:29 when Jesus says, “whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”
Biblically, blasphemy was a term used against the leaders who personally encountered Jesus and refused to call him Messiah and they accused him of a worker of Satan.
"The online atheists and teens who are into the blasphemy challenge are almost exclusively opposed to Christianity," said Perri Frost, a high school senior. "There are almost no complaints against other faiths. Virtually all of the atheists rail against Christianity only."