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.

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How Can Lament Transform Us?: A Conversation with Dr. Bryan Babcock, Pt 2
February 20, 2024 - 25 min
In this episode, James continues his conversation with Dr. Bryan Babcock, who contributed an essay on lament in the 2023 book titled A Praying People. James and Bryan discuss the way lament can help build Christian community and the way lament transforms us personally.  Get A Praying People on amazon.com  Purchase Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology here.   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Can the Christian Life Be Enriched by Lament: A Conversation with Dr. Bryan Babcock, Pt 1
February 19, 2024 - 23 min
In this episode of Thinking Christian, James speaks with Dr. Bryan Babcock. Dr. Babcock contributed an essay on lament in the 2023 book titled A Praying People. He also co-authored Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology with Drs. James Spencer and Russel Meek in 2018. James and Bryan discuss Bryan's work with various relief efforts and how that has shaped his understanding of lament.  Get A Praying People on amazon.com  Purchase Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology here. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Does Doing the Little Things Really Matter: Serving Those Around You- A Conversation with Beth Runkle, Pt 2
February 16, 2024 - 22 min
In this episode, James continues his conversation with Beth Runkle, author of Another Move God?. Beth talks about the unique needs of military families and the various ways God's people can reach out to and care for those serving in the armed forces. She also discusses her approach to discipleship through her ministry with CRU. Pre-order Beth's book titled Another Move God?: 30 Encouragements to Embrace Your Life as a Military Wife at amazon.com Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Staying Focused on Serving God Despite Our Circumstances: A Conversation with Beth Runkle, Pt 1
February 15, 2024 - 20 min
In this episode, James sits down with Beth Runkle, author of the forthcoming book Another Move God?. Beth was a military wife for many years and talks about how she learned to focus on God's mission during times of significant transmission. Her book is focused on military wives, but the lessons are broadly applicable to anyone who is undergoing change and seeking to remain faithful to the Lord. Beth's book Another Move God?: 30 Encouragements to Embrace Your Life as a Military Wife is available for pre-order at amazon.com. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How to Improve Your Relationships with Love and Respect: A Conversation with Emerson Eggerichs
February 14, 2024 - 34 min
How can we improve our relationships just by showing love and respect? How have changes in the culture changed the way we relate to one another? In this episode, James continues his conversation with Emerson Eggerichs, author of Love and Respect and president of Love and Respect Ministries, and Emerson offers his perspective on how showing Love and Respect can help us develop stronger relationships.    Listen to Part 1: https://apple.co/42Uh4wA / https://sptfy.com/Q3hH  Get Love and Respect on amazon.com Find more from Dr. Emerson Eggerichs at www.loveandrespect.com   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Love and Respect Can Improve Our Relationships: A Conversation with Emerson Eggerichs, Pt. 1
February 13, 2024 - 28 min
In this episode, James sits down with Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, author of Love and Respect and President of Love and Respect Ministries. They discuss Ephesians 5 and the dynamics of love and respect within marriages and in other relationships.    Listen to Part 2: https://apple.co/3SOiKmp / https://sptfy.com/Q3hI  Get Love and Respect on amazon.com Find more from Dr. Emerson Eggerichs at www.loveandrespect.com   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
New Opportunities to Be A Different Kind of Man: A Conversation with Nancy Pearcey, Pt 2
February 9, 2024 - 31 min
In this episode, James continues his conversation with Nancy Pearcey, author of The Toxic War on Masculinity. They discuss the ways remote work may be opening up opportunities for men to reestablish a bigger role in the home and a variety of other topics related to Nancy's research.  You can purchase The Toxic War on Masculinity at amazon.com. To learn more about Nancy Pearcey visit:  https://www.nancypearcey.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Should Christians Think about Masculinity- A Conversation with Nancy Pearcey, Part 1
February 8, 2024 - 26 min
In this episode, James sits down wit Nancy Pearcey to discuss her new book titled The Toxic War on Masculinity. Nancy shares her research and perspective on the difficulties men are facing, as well as describing some of the odd challenges she faced while writing a book on men.    Listen to Part 1 here. Get Nancy Pearcey's new book at: The Toxic War on Masculinity Learn more about Nancy Pearcey at: https://www.nancypearcey.com Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Developing Patience through Lament: A Conversation with Dr. May Young, Pt 2
February 7, 2024 - 24 min
In this episode, James continues his conversation with Dr. May Young. They discuss the role of patience in lament, as well as the connection between lament and action. Dr. Young also offers some insights on how churches might incorporate lament into their worship on a more regular basis. Get A Praying People on amazon.com    Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Lament Can Help Christians Connect: A Conversation with Dr. May Young, Pt 1.
February 6, 2024 - 22 min
In this episode, James speaks with Dr. May Young who authored a chapter in a book James co-edited titled A Praying People. Dr. Young is an expert on the topic of lament and the book of Lamentations. James and Dr. Young discuss lament more generally and how it can build community in the Church. Get A Praying People on amazon.com    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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