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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Thinking Christian about God and Evil
March 22, 2024 - 26 min
In this episode, James offers a brief discussion of God and evil. He provides a description of evil as disorder based on Genesis 1-3, as well as considering the role of suffering in the Christian life.  To read more on God and Evil, visit James' article on christianity.com. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
What Can We Learn from the Persecuted Church?- A Conversation with Jeff King
March 21, 2024 - 50 min
In this episode, James talks with Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern (persecution.org) and author of a new book titled The Whisper. They discuss some of the lessons Jeff has learned in working with the persecuted church over a number of years, as well as how suffering can conform Christians more closely into the image of Christ.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Can Churches Protect the Vulnerable? A Conversation with Theresa Sidebotham
March 20, 2024 - 51 min
In this episode, James speaks with Theresa Sidebotham from Telios Law. They talk about the necessity of caring for the vulnerable in the context of the local church. Theresa shares her thoughts on how spiritual abuse develops within a given congregation and offers helpful tips and resources for those looking to develop stronger policy frameworks for thier local congregations. You can find out more about Telios Law at https://telioslaw.com/. Check out some of the resources mentioned in the show at https://teliosteaches.com/. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Thinking about Israel- Proclaiming the Gospel as the Best Way We can Support Israel
March 18, 2024 - 29 min
In this episode, James discusses the modern state of Israel. He considers some of the challenges associated with eschatology and encourages Christians (regardless of their views of the end times) to recognize that Israel's conversion is more significant than their political formation as a state.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Legacy Beyond Baseball: A Conversation with Darryl Strawberry
March 15, 2024 - 57 min
In this episode, James and his guest host Richard Beatty sit down with Darryl Strawberry. Darryl shares his testimony, talks about his ministry, and offers insights into the sort of legacy he wants to leave beyond baseball.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The Real-Life Implications of Theological Decisions with Jeremey Slaven
March 14, 2024 - 54 min
In this episode, James speaks with Jeremy Slaven. James and Jeremy discuss Jeremy's research into the history of dispensationalism and the historical leanings toward Israel in America. They dive into the thorny issue of eschatology and the relationship between Israel and the Church. Tune into the next episode for James's reflections on their conversation.  To find out more from Jeremy, follow him on <a href="&lt;blockquote%20class=&quot;instagram-media&quot;%20data-instgrm-permalink=&quot;https://www.instagram.com/jslayusa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;amp;utm_campaign=loading&quot;%20data-instgrm-version=&quot;14&quot;%20style=&quot;%20background:#FFF;%20border:0;%20border-radius:3px;%20box-shadow:0%200%201px%200%20rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0%201px%2010px%200%20rgba(0,0,0,0.15);%20margin:%201px;%20max-width:540px;%20min-width:326px;%20padding:0;%20width:99.375%;%20width:-webkit-calc(100%%20-%202px);%20width:calc(100%%20-%202px);&quot;&gt;&lt;div%20style=&quot;padding:16px;&quot;&gt;%20&lt;a%20href=&quot;https://www.instagram.com/jslayusa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;amp;utm_campaign=loading&quot;%20style=&quot;%20background:#FFFFFF;%20line-height:0;%20padding:0%200;%20text-align:center;%20text-decoration:none;%20width:100%;&quot;%20target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;%20&lt;div%20style=&quot;%20display:%20flex;%20flex-direction:%20row;%20align-items:%20center;&quot;&gt;%20&lt;div%20style=&quot;background-color:%20#F4F4F4;%20border-radius:%2050%;%20flex-grow:%200;%20height:%2040px;%20margin-right:%2014px;%20width:%2040px;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;%20&lt;div%20style=&quot;display:%20flex;%20flex-direction:%20column;%20flex-grow:%201;%20justify-content:%20center;&quot;&gt;%20&lt;div%20style=&quot;%20background-color:%20#F4F4F4;%20border-radius:%204px;%20flex-grow:%200;%20height:%2014px;%20margin-bottom:%206px;%20width:%20100px;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;%20&lt;div%20style=&quot;%20background-color:%20#F4F4F4;%20border-radius:%204px;%20flex-grow:%200;%20height:%2014px;%20width:%2060px;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div%20style=&quot;padding:%2019%%200;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;%20&lt;div%20style=&quot;display:block;%20height:50px;%20margin:0%20auto%2012px;%20width:50px;&quot;&gt;&lt;svg%20width=&quot;50px&quot;%20height=&quot;50px&quot;%20viewBox=&quot;0%200%2060%2060&quot;%20version=&quot;1.1&quot;%20xmlns=&quot;https://www.w3.org/2000/svg&quot;%20xmlns:xlink=&quot;https://www.w3.org/1999/xlink&quot;&gt;&lt;g%20stroke=&quot;none&quot;%20stroke-width=&quot;1&quot;%20fill=&quot;none&quot;%20fill-rule=&quot;evenodd&quot;&gt;&lt;g%20transform=&quot;translate(-511.000000,%20-20.000000)&quot;%20fill=&quot;#000000&quot;&gt;&lt;g&gt;&lt;path%20d=&quot;M556.869,30.41%20C554.814,30.41%20553.148,32.076%20553.148,34.131%20C553.148,36.186%20554.814,37.852%20556.869,37.852%20C558.924,37.852%20560.59,36.186%20560.59,34.131%20C560.59,32.076%20558.924,30.41%20556.869,30.41%20M541,60.657%20C535.114,60.657%20530.342,55.887%20530.342,50%20C530.342,44.114%20535.114,39.342%20541,39.342%20C546.887,39.342%20551.658,44.114%20551.658,50%20C551.658,55.887%20546.887,60.657%20541,60.657%20M541,33.886%20C532.1,33.886%20524.886,41.1%20524.886,50%20C524.886,58.899%20532.1,66.113%20541,66.113%20C549.9,66.113%20557.115,58.899%20557.115,50%20C557.115,41.1%20549.9,33.886%20541,33.886%20M565.378,62.101%20C565.244,65.022%20564.756,66.606%20564.346,67.663%20C563.803,69.06%20563.154,70.057%20562.106,71.106%20C561.058,72.155%20560.06,72.803%20558.662,73.347%20C557.607,73.757%20556.021,74.244%20553.102,74.378%20C549.944,74.521%20548.997,74.552%20541,74.552%20C533.003,74.552%20532.056,74.521%20528.898,74.378%20C525.979,74.244%20524.393,73.757%20523.338,73.347%20C521.94,72.803%20520.942,72.155%20519.894,71.106%20C518.846,70.057%20518.197,69.06%20517.654,67.663%20C517.244,66.606%20516.755,65.022%20516.623,62.101%20C516.479,58.943%20516.448,57.996%20516.448,50%20C516.448,42.003%20516.479,41.056%20516.623,37.899%20C516.755,34.978%20517.244,33.391%20517.654,32.338%20C518.197,30.938%20518.846,29.942%20519.894,28.894%20C520.942,27.846%20521.94,27.196%20523.338,26.654%20C524.393,26.244%20525.979,25.756%20528.898,25.623%20C532.057,25.479%20533.004,25.448%20541,25.448%20C548.997,25.448%20549.943,25.479%20553.102,25.623%20C556.021,25.756%20557.607,26.244%20558.662,26.654%20C560.06,27.196%20561.058,27.846%20562.106,28.894%20C563.154,29.942%20563.803,30.938%20564.346,32.338%20C564.756,33.391%20565.244,34.978%20565.378,37.899%20C565.522,41.056%20565.552,42.003%20565.552,50%20C565.552,57.996%20565.522,58.943%20565.378,62.101%20M570.82,37.631%20C570.674,34.438%20570.167,32.258%20569.425,30.349%20C568.659,28.377%20567.633,26.702%20565.965,25.035%20C564.297,23.368%20562.623,22.342%20560.652,21.575%20C558.743,20.834%20556.562,20.326%20553.369,20.18%20C550.169,20.033%20549.148,20%20541,20%20C532.853,20%20531.831,20.033%20528.631,20.18%20C525.438,20.326%20523.257,20.834%20521.349,21.575%20C519.376,22.342%20517.703,23.368%20516.035,25.035%20C514.368,26.702%20513.342,28.377%20512.574
Dealing with our Delusions- A Conversation with Laura Gallier
March 12, 2024 - 46 min
In this episode, James speaks with Laura Gallier author of the Delusion Series, a set of fictional novels highlighting the spiritual struggles that are too often lost when we consider the issues we face in today's world. James and Laura discuss Laura's story, her new book, and the other ministries with which Laura is involved.  For more information on Laura visit www.lauragallier.com To purchase Laura's book visit amazon.com.    Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Do We Spend Time With God?
March 9, 2024 - 32 min
Marching forward requires an understanding of the direction that God wants us to go. In this special episode of “March or Die”, another Christian podcast on the LifeAudio podcast network, Veteran Jeremey Stalnecker will speak on the importance of spending time with God understanding his directions and how we can do that.  If you like what you hear, subscribe to March or Die on Spotify &amp; Apple Podcasts!   Check out the top episodes of March or Die:  A Conversation with Nick Vujicic of Life Without Limbs: Apple:https://apple.co/3uRCsWK  Spotify: https://sptfy.com/Qa1R Understanding and Finding Victory in Spiritual Warfare: Apple:https://apple.co/4383sxV Spotify: https://sptfy.com/Qa22 Developing a Growth Mindset with an Eternal View: Apple: https://apple.co/434y4jw Spotify: https://sptfy.com/Qa24   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
An Interview with Brant Hansen- How Should Christians Think about Health, Healing, and the Proclamation of the Gospel
March 8, 2024 - 51 min
In this episode, James and co-host Nate Giarrantano sit down with Brant Hanson to talk about Brant's life, career, and ministry. In particular, James, Nate, and Brant talk about Brant's work with Cure International, the miracle of God's healing presence today, and the power of Christian participation in the medical field. They also discuss the Followership Conference that Brant has coming up in April. Find out more about Brant and Cure International at the following links: Followership Conference Cure Internation BrantHansen.com Order Brant's New book titled Life is Hard, God is Good, Let's Dance at amazon.com. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Does God Lead Us? A Conversation with Dan Bremnes
March 6, 2024 - 36 min
In this episode Nate Giarrantano and James Spencer sit down with Christian recording artist Dan Bremnes. We discuss Dan's winding road in the music industry and God's ongoing faithfulness.  You can find out more about Dan at https://danbremnes.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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