Message from Jim
I have placed this statement where I can see it every day:
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In February 2009 God led Jeff Byrd and me to launch the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture. Our mission from the beginning has been to engage contemporary issues with biblical truth, seeking to help Christians change their culture for God's Kingdom.
We began with no offices, three donors, and 7,000 subscribers to the Cultural Commentary. How gracious God has been! We have grown to more than 80,000 subscribers in 181 countries. Our writings have appeared in Christianity Today, The Christian Post, Huffington Post Live, The Dallas Morning News, and in a variety of other publications and websites. We produce cultural and discipleship resources for partners around the world. And it has been my privilege to speak to over 150,000 people in eight countries. To support this growth, our ministry team has grown to nine full-time and three part-time staff members.
I thank God each morning for the privilege of sharing his truth with our readers. I know that time is your most precious commodity and am grateful for every moment you invest with us.
As we look to the future, it seems clear that the need to speak biblical truth to our culture will be even greater. Is our society is growing closer to God, or further from him? Are you encouraged about our moral direction, or troubled by it? As Moses made his final address to the nation of Israel, he exhorted the people:
To live a life God can bless, we must know and obey his word and will. So must our nation.
In coming months, we will announce a variety of new resources designed to help you change your culture for the Kingdom even more effectively. New worship materials will help you spend time alone with God; new biblical commentaries will help you understand and apply his word to your life and world. We are looking forward to more live forums about the issues of the day, in person and online. A redesigned website will help you find what you need more quickly.
Thank you for reading and sharing our work, and for praying for us. I have never been so excited about the future of our ministry, and am deeply grateful to the One who called us and empowers all we do. Statesman Benjamin Disraeli advised: "Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes."
May we be heroes for God's Kingdom together.
Did You Know?
- Content on the Denison Forum websites has been viewed 1.2 million times this year.
- Last fall, Faith of the Candidates, a free ebook, was downloaded over 100,000 times.
- This spring, our Lenten devotional was downloaded over 40,000 times and viewed on our website over 100,000 times.
- YouTube viewers in 160 countries have viewed over 58,000 minutes of Denison Forum content. Our most recent video, 'A conversation with Bill Noble on homosexuality and workplace ministry', is the most watched video on our channel.