August, 2011 Archives
posted in Daily Devotional by Jim Denison
Thank you for reading this open letter—I am grateful for your time and interest. I am writing to tell you about changes that have come to the Center for Informed Faith and God Issues, our daily devotional. I am very excited about this transition and want you to know what’s happening.
From the time I preached my first sermon 35 years ago, my passion has always been to reach people like I was. My father was very active in church before he fought in World War II, but the atrocities he witnessed caused him to question the reality and relevance of his faith. I grew up with his questions about God. If Christians had not invited me to their church when I was a teenager, I would never have gone on my own. When God called me into ministry, he gave me a heart for those who are where I was.
In 2009, Jeff Byrd and I launched the Center for Informed Faith to bridge the gap between faith and culture by engaging contemporary issues with biblical truth. The Lord has blessed this ministry in remarkable ways. Our daily devotional subscription list has doubled, with readers in 104 countries. I have been invited to share God’s word in China, Bangladesh, Cuba, and across Europe and the Middle East. The Lord has built a remarkable ministry team and blessed us with donors who make our work possible.
Now he has led us to expand our ministry to reach people who are where I was, questioning the relevance of Christian faith for the issues of our day. They are interested in cultural questions such as radical Islam, the Middle East, and contemporary moral issues. They need an accessible way to explore these issues in spiritual perspective. Like the crowds at Pentecost, they deserve to hear the gospel in their own language (Acts 2:6).
Contemporary technology provides such a platform. Like the Christians who knocked on my door and invited me to their church, the Internet and social media give us the opportunity to dialogue with our culture on issues that matter to all of us.
To use this platform in reaching people who are not in church, we are making some changes to our ministry strategy. First, our name has changed to the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture. We hope the new name will appeal to secular readers in a way that the Center for Informed Faith did not. And it conveys the fact that we are a “forum,” a place to discuss the issues of our day.
Here are other ways we are expanding our ministry to the larger culture:
- We have launched a new website which will facilitate our cultural conversation. Please visit www.denisonforum.org soon—I hope you’ll find the new resources to be helpful in engaging your culture with biblical thinking.
- I have completed Radical Islam: What You Need to Know. It will be released in print and as an ebook next month, timed for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. You can read a sample chapter on our website.
- We are expanding our social media with a new Denison Forum on Truth and Culture Facebook page, which will have original content each day, and a Jim Denison Facebook page, updated with study tours, speaking engagements, and book news. You can also follow me on Twitter.
- We will soon launch our Discipleship Resource Center—it contains all my sermons, Bible studies, commentaries, and other writings, in a searchable format. We’ll let you know when it is available.
We have rebranded the daily devotional as well. It contains the same content as always, dealing with today’s news in spiritual perspective. But we will call it the Cultural Commentary rather than GodIssues, so people who would not open an email with a religious title might read the essay. With this name, we’re hoping you’ll be able to forward the essay to your non-churched friends and invite them to join the conversation.
Please pray for us as we continue to connect faith and culture by engaging contemporary issues with biblical truth. I hope you’ll read the Cultural Commentary, forward it to your friends, visit us at our new website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
God bless you and yours.