Denison Forum

The Pervasiveness of Social Media in Our Lives

Yesterday we began discussing Jonathan Haidt’s illuminating Atlantic article analyzing the impact of social media on our culture. He notes the degree to which “a democracy depends on widely internalized acceptance of the legitimacy of rules, norms, and institutions” and shows how social media is undermining such acceptance as polarizing and often false content becomes increasingly pervasive and influential.

The Miracle That Led to the Miracle of Pentecost

“Judas called Barsabbas” joined a long list of unknown people whose faithfulness changed history. Now it’s our turn. If you have met the risen Christ personally, you have an obligation to pay forward the grace you have experienced. Every person you meet is someone for whom Jesus died. If you’re thinking right now that your life cannot make a difference in our broken world, guess where that thought is coming from. While history may not record your name, every person you influence for Jesus will be marked for eternity by your faithfulness.

Christians Should Strive to Live a Quiet Life

Author John Mark Comer notes that Jesus lived by the spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude, Sabbath, simplicity, and “slowing,” which John Ortberg defines as “cultivating patience by deliberately choosing to place ourselves in positions where we simply have to wait.” In response, Comer says he has reorganized his life around three simple goals: slowing down, simplifying his life around the practices of Jesus, and living from a center of abiding in Christ.

Make a 'Spiritual Inventory' Part of Your Daily Routine

We cannot change our hearts as the Spirit can. However, we can hinder the Spirit from doing his transforming work in our lives. Craig notes that “the Holy Spirit has a personality. He has likes and dislikes. He feels, thinks, enjoys, likes, suffers, and desires.” As a result, it is vital that we “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4:30) and that we “do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

We Are Facing a Cultural Crisis

Carl R. Trueman’s new book is titled Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution. It is the best historical explanation of our current cultural crisis I have ever read. Trueman believes we are facing today “a situation without obvious historical parallel.” In brief, contemporary society has made two catastrophic decisions that are undermining our culture and endangering our future.