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Elizabeth Smith’s God Never Changes..But My Family Always Does

Do the ever-changing parenting advice books and blogs make you feel like raising your children is an impossible task? 

In God Never Changes But My Family Always Does, Elizabeth Smith proves having a God-informed, developmentally-educated view of the child will lead to wise parenting. From infancy through young adulthood, become practically equipped to know how you and your children will better know and grow in God through each life stage. Biblical, practical, and relevant, this book will help you develop a new mindset with powerful principles and tips whether you are a parent or work with children in a school or church.

What Others Are Saying

“Having a God-informed, developmentally-educated view of the child will lead to wise parenting.” So writes Elizabeth Smith, one of the top Children’s experts in the country who I was honored to have worked alongside for several years. This outstanding book is indeed a powerful blend of how to view the God who gives us children, and specifics on how that child grows and thrives. You’ll find an amazing helpful blend of biblical insights and important developmental milestones for every age and stage of parenting. From newborns through young adulthood, this an invaluable tool for parents across the parenting spectrum. When our two daughters call one day with the news they’re going to be parents, this is the book my wife and I are going to be shipping them the next day. I urge you to do the same if you’re a parent, or love someone who’s about to start the parenting journey.”

John Trent, Ph.D.President, StrongFamilies.com, Co-Author of The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love

James Spencer’s Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind

Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind is my first solo project. After leaving my position as an academic dean in 2018 to take on a role with Moody Center, one of my goals was to do more writing. I started blogging on leadership topics. While I wrote a few posts and got some traction, I found that writing about leadership wasn’t going to hold my attention. I had to go back to the drawing board. 

I realized that what I really care about is prodding the church to learn to please God together. I am, at heart, a theologian and, so, the idea for Thinking Christian was born. I began writing blog posts about theology and addressing contemporary events and various other topics from a theological perspective. I was also able to teach Developing a Christian Mind with Right on Mission. I began to focus my energies on what it means to have and develop a Christian mind. 

The essays in Thinking Christian represent my theological reflections on topics I feel don’t often receive enough attention (or, at least, the right sort of attention). As an exercise in exploring the church’s testimony, Thinking Christian has been both enriching and challenging to write. My prayer is that Thinking Christian will cause those who read it to rethink the way they see the world and to ask more theological questions as they seek to reflect Christ to a world who needs to know Him.

What Others Are Saying

“Great thinkers take a lot of time to processes all the pieces of a puzzle. In the case of this book, the puzzle represents Christian thought processes. Dr. James Spencer is a great thinker. In this book he identifies current Christian thinking and turns them around in his hands while writing about what he sees. He talks about “Christian thinking” directly, indirectly, side to side, forward and backwards, and inside and out. For this reason, it’s a great book that provides a lot of food for thought.”

Samantha PostmanFounder and CEO, Smart Arrow, Inc.

Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology

Trajectories meets an urgent need in both undergraduate and graduate study of the Old Testament. Too often Old Testament theology focuses on the end-product and leaves the process obscured. Each chapter of Trajectories provides a clear path connecting biblical research to theological conclusions. The final chapter offers a step-by-step method for completing a thorough hermeneutical analysis framed within a discussion of the gospel message. Trajectories also seeks to situate Old Testament theology in relation to global and generational trends influencing the church and evangelical theology. The implications of globalization and the rise of millennials on Old Testament theology are critical and thought-provoking topics for discussion. Chapters in Trajectories are organized thematically, so the textbook can serve as a companion study guide to courses in the Old Testament and New Testament.

What Others Are Saying

“Biblical Theology at its best . . . Firmly rooted in the witness of Scripture, focused on Christ, connected to contemporary faith and life.”

Mark J. Boda, Professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College

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