Thinking Christian: Clear Theology for a Confusing World
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Thinking Christian: Clear Theology for a Confusing World

James Spencer

Christians shouldn’t just think. They should think Christian. Join Dr. James Spencer and guests for calm, thoughtful, theological discussions about a variety of topics Christians face every day. The Thinking Christian Podcast will help you grow spiritually and learn theology as you seek to be faithful in a world that is becoming increasingly proficient at telling stories that deny Christ.

Find more from James at https://usefultogod.com/.

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Why the Basics of the Faith Matter: A Discussion with Evangelist and BMX Rider Vic Murphy
May 22, 2024 - 67 min
In this episode, James and co-host Nate Giarratano sit down with Vic Murphy. Vic shares his story of getting invovled in skateboarding and BMX as a young man in Alaska, being evangelized by his grandmother, and ultimately coming to faith in California. James, Nate, and Vic discuss the work God is doing around the world through Vic's ministry and the necessity of doing and preaching the basics of the faith in today's world.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
What Are the Biggest Questions Christians Are Asking: A Conversation with Shea Houdman
May 20, 2024 - 56 min
In this episode, James sits down with president of GotQuestions.org Shea Houdman. Shea and James talk about the genesis of gotquestions.org, how Shea and his team deal with the difficulties of answering questions online, and where the ministry may go next.  For more on Shea and his ministry visit gotquestions.org.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Should Christians Think about Islam: A Conversation with Jeff King
May 17, 2024 - 62 min
In this episode, Jeff King, president of International Chrsitian Concern and author of Islam Uncensored, joins James to discuss Isalm. James and Jeff consider the various interviews Jeff includes in his book, as well as the underlying assumptions and tactics of radical Islam. For more on Jeff King and International Christian Concern, visit persecution.org. To purchase Islam Uncensored: 14 Leaders: Liberals, Conservatives, Muslims, Jews, Atheists, Christians, & A Former CIA Director Reveal: What The Government & Media Won't Tell You About Islam visit amazon.com. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Do Faith and Fitness Relate? A Conversation with Stephen Covert
May 15, 2024 - 47 min
In this episode, James sits down with Stephen Covert, a natural bodybuilder and owner of Iron Thearpy Club, an explicitly Christian clothing brand and community. Stephen and James talk about fitness, the challenges of fitness on social media, and the way that the disciplines of exercise inform our spiritual disciplines. For more on The Iron Theapy Club visit https://theirontherapyclub.com/ or on Instagram at @irontherapyclub You can also find Stephen on Instagram @stephen.covert where he shares his thoughts on keeping Christ primary in the midst of his own fitness regime as well as other fitness related posts.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Thinking about God and Evil: A Conversation with Ingrid Faro, PhD
May 13, 2024 - 65 min
In this episode, James discusses evil and suffering with Ingrid Faro, PhD. Ingrid is professor of Old Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, IL, and author of Demystifying Evil: A Biblical and Personal Exploration. They discuss the nature of evil, its connection to human perception, and a variety of other topics.  To purchase Demystifying Evil: A Biblical and Personal Exploration visit https://ivpress.com/. Use the promotional code IVPPOD20 to recieve 20% off your purchase.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
What Does It Mean to Be a Person? A Conversation with Paul Louis Metzger
May 10, 2024 - 63 min
In this episode, James discusses personhood with Paul Louis Metzger author of More Than Things: A Personalist Ethics for a Throwaway Culture. James and Paul dive into the idea of personalism, how it intersects with technology and other aspects of life, and how Christians might go about making decisions.  For a free study guide based on More Than Things, visit https://www.ivpress.com/more-than-things. You can also puchase More Than Things at www.ivpress.com. Use IVPPOD20 to get 20% off your purchase. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Should We Think about Kids and Technology: A Conversation with David Eaton
May 9, 2024 - 55 min
In this episode, James sits down with co-host Maggie Hubbard and special guest David Eaton. David is Co-founder and CEP of Axis, an organization that provides resources to parents seeking to navigate cultural issues, technology, and a variety of other concerns. James, Maggie, and David discuss smart phones, social media, and the significant influence of parents in the lives of children. For more about Axis visit www.axis.org. You can find David's book titled Smart Phone Sanity at amazon.com. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Thinking Christian about Family and Technology Use: A Conversation with Krista Boan
May 8, 2024 - 61 min
In this episode, James is joined by co-host Maggie Hubbard and special guest Krista Boan. She is a former middle school teacher and co-founder of Screen Sanity. James, Maggie, and Krista discuss the difficulties of navigating technology today, particualrly in relation to kids and families.  For more on Krista, visit kristaboan.com. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Fresh Way to Memorize Scripture: A Conversation with Natalie Abbott from Dwell Differently
May 7, 2024 - 37 min
In today's episode, James is joined by co-host Maggie Hubbard and guest Natalie Abbott from Dwell Differently. They discuss Dwell Differently's ministry, as well as hearing Natalie's testimony and considering the importance of memorizing God's word.  Dwell Differently also provided a code for Thinking Christian listeners to get a free month's subscription. (Code: Thinking)  Check out Dwell Differently at dwelldifferently.com.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Can Christians Step Away from Technology: (Re)Introducing the Go Dark, Shine Bright Campaign
May 6, 2024 - 20 min
In this episode, James is joined by Maggie Hubbard to discuss the "Go Dark, Shine Bright" (GDSB) campaign. GDSB is a seven-day media fast that encourages Christians to step away from media that is hindering their walk with Christ in order to focus on prayer and Bible study. The campaign begins on May 6th, but is available throughout the year. To sign up for the free campaign, go to godarkshinebright.org.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Meet Your Host
James Spencer earned his Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He believes discipleship will open up opportunities beyond anything God’s people could accomplish through their own wit and wisdom. As such, James seeks to help believers think Christianly about social, cultural, and political assumptions. His desire is to see Christians test God by trusting God so that they conform ever more closely to the image of Christ.

In addition to being a regular contributor to Christianity.com and Washingtontimes.com, James has published multiple works, including Christian Resistance: Learnign to Defy the World and Follow Christ, Useful to God: Eight Lessons from the Life of D.L. Moody, Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind, and Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology.

James currently serves as president of the D. L. Moody Center, an adjunct instructor at Wheaton College Graduate School, and faculty member at Right On Mission.

You can find out more about James at his personal website www.jamesspencer.com.
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