The Daily Article

by Dr. Jim Denison, The Denison Forum
The Daily Article Podcast offers news discerned differently every Monday through Friday morning. With biblical insight into the day’s latest news and current events, this narrated edition of Dr. Jim Denison’s email newsletter presents a nonpartisan perspective on what’s happening now and how Christians can respond biblically to the culture at large.

Scientists aim to resurrect the dodo: How the power of small change can change the world

The old cliché that something went “the way of the dodo” could soon have a very different meaning. Scientists at Colossal Biosciences in Austin, Texas, are currently working to resurrect the bird that has become synonymous with extinction, and if your mind is trending toward Jurassic Park flashbacks as you read, you’re not too far off base. Their approach reminds us that sometimes the best way to make a big difference is by being content with incremental changes. Is the …

Three reasons Tom Brady’s second retirement is so unusual

Tom Brady retired from the NFL for the second time yesterday. It would seem that Brady was no longer satisfied with the direction of his life and career, which makes him an outlier in our society. According to Gallup, 85 percent of Americans are satisfied with their personal lives. This contrasts with only 23 percent who are satisfied with the direction of their country. What explains this wide disparity between the way we view our country and the way we …

Policeman resigns after suspension for post on gay marriage

Georgia police officer Jacob Kersey resigned from his position after being suspended for having posted a message to Facebook about his biblical stance on marriage. Kersey explained his response: “My integrity and Christian beliefs are at the core of who I am, and I will not abandon them.” His example is the opposite of what some Christians may do in succumbing to cultural pressure to privatize our faith, treating Jesus as a means to our ends—a temptation that is more …

US will end public health emergency for COVID-19 in May

The White House announced yesterday that the US plans to end the coronavirus public health emergency on May 11. However, The World Health Organization is also currently monitoring nine “priority diseases” that pose the greatest public health risk, including “Disease X,” defined as “a serious international epidemic [that] could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.” The brevity and uncertainty of life is on my mind and heart today because of something that happened two days …

Critics lambast “hideous abortion idol” in New York City

A golden, eight-foot female sculpture wearing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s signature lace collar now stands over the state courthouse in New York City. According to the New York Times, the sculptor titled her work “NOW” because “it was needed ‘now,’ at a time when women’s reproductive rights were under siege after the US Supreme Court in June overturned the constitutional right to abortion.” Critics see the sculpture in a very different light, some calling it a “hideous abortion …

Controversial WWII museum exhibit highlights “the bad sides of history”

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was designated as such by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 to mark the date when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated sixty years prior. But while nations around the world will set aside time today to remember those who died, the proper form of that remembrance remains a matter of some debate. And, as one museum learned, people are seldom shy when they feel you are not honoring that memory …

Pope Francis says homosexuality is not a crime

Pope Francis made headlines this week when he told the Associated Press that “being homosexual isn’t a crime.” However, Francis also called homosexuality a sin, though that quote was buried later in the article. If secular media can quote religious leaders in ways that appear to support an LGBTQ agenda, many will do so. This strategy consequently makes it harder for Christians who support biblical morality to do so publicly. Author: Jim Denison, PhD Narrator: Chris Elkins Subscribe: http://www.denisonforum.org/subscribe Read …

Army veteran fined for praying silently near abortion facility

A UK army veteran was fined for praying silently near an abortion facility. A Michigan state law is threatening a Christian medical nonprofit for operating according to its Christian beliefs. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov chose not to wear a rainbow jersey during warmups for the team’s recent Pride Night, citing his Russian Orthodox religious beliefs. Our culture is convinced that religion is so private, personal, and subjective that it should have no bearing on our public lives or society. …

“Youth pastor, teacher among 46 arrested in North Texas prostitution sting”

A recent Dallas Morning News article reports that a high school teacher, a football coach, and an operations director of a large hospital network were among those arrested. However, the paper headlined its coverage by reporting that a “youth pastor” was arrested. When I saw the headline, my first thought was that the paper focused on a church leader in a way that is unfair to my faith as a Christian. Then I had to reconsider my reaction. Author: Jim …

Gunman kills ten after Lunar New Year celebration: A reflection on tragedy and hope

A gunman killed ten people and wounded ten others at a California ballroom dance club Saturday night following a Lunar New Year celebration. The gunman has since taken his own life and authorities are still searching for a motive. Such tragedies often turn many to God in their pain and need, but, as time passes, they return to the “real” world in which religion is outdated and irrelevant. Why is that? Author: Jim Denison, PhD Narrator: Chris Elkins Subscribe: http://www.denisonforum.org/subscribe …