Jim Denison on the Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam: What Makes History Seldom Makes Headlines

The Vietnam summit has ended.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un insisted all US sanctions be lifted on his country, offering to dismantle his Yongbyon nuclear complex in return. President Trump said Washington wanted a deal that includes other parts of the North’s nuclear program. “I just felt it wasn’t good enough,” Mr. Trump said. “We had to have more.”

The two sides ended their meeting amicably but without producing an agreement. Whether the summit is a setback or a step toward peace is open to interpretation.

While Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim were meeting in Vietnam, Michael Cohen was testifying before Congress. The president’s former personal attorney spent more than six hours yesterday answering questions from the House Oversight Committee. Whether his statements damaged the president or not is open to interpretation.

Historical events are objective, but the way they are reported and remembered is subjective.


Israel launched its first spacecraft last week. “Beresheet” (Hebrew for Genesis) will be the smallest craft to land on the moon, but it is carrying something of great significance: the so-called Lunar Library.

This is a disc containing twenty-five thousand books, a full copy of Wikipedia, and information on understanding earthly languages—in total, a thirty-million-page tome. The “library” is intended to preserve humanity’s knowledge and history long after we’re gone.

Did your story make the Lunar Library? On the day of your salvation, you joined a faith family that will be alive in Paradise ten thousand millennia after the moon and everything on it perishes.

Here’s my point: what makes history seldom makes headlines.


United Methodists made headlines this week when they voted at a conference in St. Louis to strengthen their denomination’s ban on gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriages. Not surprisingly, the New York Times is focusing on the frustration of LGBTQ advocates. One is quoted as claiming, “It is time for another movement.”

The Times dedicates only one paragraph to the larger story: Methodists are declining in the US but growing significantly in African nations “which typically have conservative Christian views.” United Methodists in America comprise only 19 percent of the global Methodist membership. This week’s vote may anger Americans, but it is likely to be welcomed by many around the world.

Here’s another story that hasn’t received much coverage: more than forty thousand Christians met in Orlando last Saturday to launch what its founder hopes will become “the greatest Jesus movement we have ever seen.”

Here’s another: more than thirty-seven thousand people took part in a nationwide “Day of Mourning” last Saturday in response to New York State’s radical pro-abortion law.

Here’s one more: after an Alabama newspaper editor called for the KKK to “ride again,” widespread condemnation caused him to resign. The new editor and publisher is an African American woman.

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Source: Christian Headlines