James Bryan Smith


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James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.

A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovaré Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is also the author of A Spiritual Formation Workbook, Devotional Classics (with Richard Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven and Room of Marvels.

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The Good and Beautiful God:...

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Hidden in Christ: Living as...

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The Kingdom and the Cross

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“The most important aspects of our lives cannot be rushed. We cannot love, think, eat, laugh, or pray in a hurry...When we are in a hurry--which comes from overextension--we find ourselves unable to live with awareness and kindness.”
James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

“Christianity doesn't answer all my questions or make me comfortable and happy. What it does do is give me a context for living.”
James Bryan Smith, Rich Mullins: A Devotional Biography: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven

“False Narrative: The Kingdom of God is Future No serious biblical scholar would deny that Jesus’ proclaimed the kingdom of God. However, many scholars conclude that Jesus was not talking about our present world but rather an epoch in history that has not yet begun.”
James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

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