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Discern

Discern

Discern is a daily news show that aims to discern news differently! Each weekday morning, Dr. Jim Denison and Jessica Steed look at the news unfolding in the world and engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective. Exploring the headlines, Jim and Jess tackle a new topic every day, ranging from world news, to entertainment, to sports, and more! Each episode features a fresh, biblical take on the day’s news that you can enjoy in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's News, Visit DenisonForum.org/IgniterTV.

Discern
  • Discern - Introduction

  • Oct 26, 2021 - How Should We Respond to Accidental Tragedies?

    Jim and Jess discuss the on-set death involving Alec Baldwin. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's News, Visit DenisonForum.org/IgniterTV.

  • Oct 25, 2021 - Jesus Is The Only Way - Do We Live Like We Believe That?

    Jim and Jess discuss a surprising survey result among Christians regarding the pathway to God. Is Jesus the only way to God? Why don't more people who profess to be Christians believe this? Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Toda...

  • Oct 22, 2021 - The Good and Bad in the Digital World

    Jim and Jess discuss the Facebook and the Metaverse. In addition, they touch on the good and bad of the digital world. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's News, Visit DenisonForum.org/IgniterTV.

  • Oct 21, 2021 - How Should We Decide What is OK to Watch?

    Jim and Jess discuss the Netflix phenomena, Squid Game and if it is ok for Christians to watch. Other concerns are considered for discerning media intake. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's News, Visit DenisonForum.org/Ig...

  • Oct 20, 2021 - Does God Call Christians to Dangerous Places?

    Jim and Jess discuss the Christian missionary kidnappings in Haiti and the dangers elsewhere. Does God call Christians into danger? Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's News, Visit DenisonForum.org/IgniterTV.

  • Oct 19, 2021 - The Legacy of Humility

    Jim and Jess discuss the death and legacy of former General and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Also, how wounded healers, those of us who have suffered loss or tragedy, can bless others through their story. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural...

  • Oct 18, 2021 - How Should Christians View Evangelism?

    Jim and Jess discuss a recent Barma survey on the different generations' view on evangelism. Absolute truth, post-modern relativism and and biblical examples of evangelism are discussed. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's...

  • Oct 15, 2021 - Are Natural Disasters Orchestrated by God?

    Jim and Jess discuss the destruction of Hurricane Ida and the difference between what God causes and allows. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's News, Visit DenisonForum.org/IgniterTV.

  • Oct 14, 2021 - What Should Motivate Christians in the Job Market?

    Jim and Jess discuss the current workforce shortage and the reasons behind it. In addition, Jim unpacks what should motivate Christians in the job market and how to serve God in our work. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today'...

  • Oct 13, 2021 - Sin Comes to Light

    Jim and Jess discuss Coach Jon Gruden's resignation and the dangers of hiding sin in one's life. The discussion includes biblical examples such as David and Bathsheba as well as Ananias and Sapphira. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commenta...

  • Oct 12, 2021 - Our Need for Personal Connection

    Jim and Jess discuss the recent Southwest Airlines cancellations and the need for personal connection. Why are we driven by personal connection with others? How important is it for Christians to be in strong community? These questions and others are answered on today’s Discern. Join us each weekd...

  • Oct 11, 2021 - Christians and Divisive Issues

    Jim and Jess discuss Columbus Day and the controversy that surrounds the holiday. Should believers pull back from the conversation? How do Christians engage these issues? These questions and others are answered on today's Discern. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, toget...

  • Oct 8, 2021 - Are We Too Reliant on Social Media?

    Jim and Jess discuss the recent global Facebook outage and the impacts of social media in our lives. Are we too reliant on social media? Is technology addiction a real thing? These questions and others are answered on today's Discern. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, t...

  • Oct 7, 2021 - How Should Christians Respond to Tragedy?

    Jim and Jess discuss yesterday's school shooting in Arlington, Texas. How should Christians respond when tragedies occur? How should Christians address these realities with skeptics who see this as evidence of an uncaring God? How can Christians encourage others in times of despair? Join us each ...

  • Oct 6, 2021 - Our Human Desire to Leave a Legacy

    Jim and Jess discuss the headlines: William Shatner travels with Bezos' company Blue Origin to space. Sen. Sinema is followed into a bathroom by immigration activists. How do these stories relate to the human desire of leaving a legacy? What are the dangers of self-sufficiency? Join us each weekd...

  • Oct 5, 2021 - Conflict on Capitol Hill

    Jim and Jess discuss recent Capitol Hill budget debates and the idea of consensual morality. Join us each weekday morning as we discern news differently, together! For More Cultural Commentary on Today's News, Visit DenisonForum.org/IgniterTV.

  • Oct 4, 2021 - National Child Health Day

    Dr. Jim Denison and Jessica Steed recognize and discuss National Child Health Day. Today’s culture often puts immense pressure on a child’s need to succeed, achieve and prepare for the “real world”, however it’s important to stay attentive to their physical and emotional health as well.

  • Oct 1, 2021 - Engaging News and Media

  • Sept 30, 2021 - Christ Transforming Culture

    Dr. Jim Denison and Jessica Steed examine and discuss the idea of “Christ transforming culture”. This principle describes the idea that the Church and/or Christians use their own heart transformation to go forward and transform culture in Jesus’ name. Jim explains this idea as supporting people w...

  • Sept 29, 2021 - Christ and Culture in Paradox

    Dr. Jim Denison and Jessica Steed examine and discuss the idea of “Christ and culture in paradox”. This principle describes the idea that the Church and/or Christians engage in culture (without trying to change it) in order to observe and hopefully have gospel-centered conversations. An example o...

  • Sept 28, 2021 - Christ Above Culture

    Dr. Jim Denison and Jessica Steed examine and discuss the idea of “Christ above culture”. This principle describes the idea that the Church and/or Christians can seemingly try to live in two different worlds: the spiritual and the secular. Jim provides the example of Jesus and the woman at the we...

  • Sept 27, 2021 - Christ of Culture

    Dr. Jim Denison and Jessica Steed examine and discuss the idea of “Christ of culture”. This principle describes the idea that the Church and/or Christians will go where the culture is going. While this might seem like a completely negative concept, Jim brings forth the positive example of Paul in...

  • Sept 24, 2021 - Christ Against Culture

    Dr. Jim Denison and Jessica Steed examine and discuss the idea of “Christ against culture”. This principle simply means that in some instances Christians should not engage in certain facets of culture. Some references from the Bible of this practice come from Acts 10 and Galatians 3. In this epis...