New Book Announcement: Thinking Christian

“…when we have not offered a faithful digital presence, it is, in part, because we did not have a good idea of what it meant to offer a faithful “analog” presence.” – James Spencer, Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind James Spencer’s new book entitled Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, […]

Another Reason Leadership Matters: Leaders as a Reflection of the Groups They Lead

It feels like I’ve been either dealing with or hearing about leadership failures virtually non-stop over the last two years. Everywhere I turn I’m hearing about some Christian board, president, pastor, or CEO, that have “failed” or somehow become corrupt. When issues of moral failure or incompetence are raised, decisions of boards and leaders come […]

Three More Must Reads for the Body of Christ

When I began my MDiv, I started reading everything I could get my hands on. I started with theology books and monographs about various biblical topics. At some point, I started to feel like I was reading the same thing over and over, so I broadened the scope of my reading and research. As I […]

Two Ideas You Need to Embrace about Yourself (and Why They Matter)

In Thinking Christian, I describe a phenomenon that I call “over-speaking.” Essentially, over-speaking occurs when an individual or group within the church steps beyond their God-given position in order to weigh in on matters that other members of the body are better suited to address. For example, my wife works in health care. When there […]

Being Theologically Flexible without Becoming Double Jointed

I’ve never been at any risk of becoming double-jointed. When I watch my daughters do some of their gymnastics moves, it seems clear to me that if I were to bend my body like they bend theirs, I wouldn’t be able to walk afterwards. Occasionally I worry that they may be getting too flexible, but […]

Theological Questions will Lead to Theological Answers

“Dad, are we there yet?” These five words in combination may be the bane of every parent’s existence. Driving to Florida for vacation with my wife and three young children, I knew the question was coming. I waited in dread and anticipation wondering which of my children would ask the question first and when. As […]

Five Podcast Episodes Every Christian Should Hear

When you travel as much as I do, you have a lot of opportunities to take advantage of “found time.” Even when I’m not on the road, I can usually get some listening in while I’m cooking or cleaning up the kitchen. Over the last year, I’ve listened to more than 50 podcasts. I looked […]

Four Predictions for the Church in the United States (Part 4)

My final prediction comes on the heals of the house impeachment process and the reactions of various members of the evangelical community (e.g. the Christianity Today article entitled “Trump Should be Removed from Office”). As we express concerns or choose sides in political debates, Christians need to ensure that we keep politics in perspective. Whatever […]