Denison Forum

Denison Forum

Why Tonight's 'Christmas Star' Is Such Good News

Tonight, Jupiter and Saturn will cross paths in the sky and will appear to us as one body. They will seem closer than they have since the 12000s and will shine brighter. While this is not the same star that led the magi to Christ, the timing of tonight’s celestial event points to that birth in a way that is especially significant. My wife and I were discussing this fact yesterday and she noted: “How wonderful that God would give us such a sign of his presence in this year of all years.” 

Should Your Church Move to Virtual-Only Services?

We are currently seeing the worst surge in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and officials are predicting that the “darkest days of the pandemic” are ahead.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccines are now starting to become available. This juxtaposition between virus and vaccine is causing many pastors and churches to wonder whether to offer in-person worship or virtual-only services until trends improve and/or vaccines are available to everyone. Let’s explore this issue in light of recent events and biblical wisdom.

Are the Vaccines Safe? Answers to Common Questions and a Prayer for Knowledge and Discernment

For today, let’s discuss several practical questions you may be asking as you consult with your physician and decide whether to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you. Given the size and scope of this issue, I will offer brief answers to the following questions along with links to articles written by professionals in the field.

Choosing Joy This Christmas Season

How can we have and share the joy of Jesus in this season as we celebrate his birth? The answer is not to wait until the world is more joyful. When the pandemic is finally over, other fears and threats will take its place. The answer is to seek joy—a sense of wellbeing that transcends circumstances—rather than happiness, which is based on happenings. 

How Should You Respond If You Consider the Election to Be Illegitimate?

The Supreme Court refused a request yesterday from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn the state’s election results. Some Republicans in Congress are urging President Trump not to concede the race even assuming Joe Biden wins the Electoral College next Monday, asking him to take the battle to the House floor in January. They believe Congress should consider overturning the election results because of allegations of fraud.