James Spencer

For more than a decade, James served in academic leadership within biblical higher education. He currently serves as Vice President and COO of the Moody Center, an independent non-profit organization in Northfield, MA, dedicated to honoring the spiritual legacy of D.L. Moody. James serves on faculty at Right On Mission and as an Associate Consultant for Ruffalo Noel-Levitz where he assists colleges and universities in the areas of leadership development, online programming, and enrollment management. He also teaches as an adjunct instructor at the collegiate and graduate level in the areas of biblical studies, interpretation, and Christian thought. James graduated with his B.S in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 before earning his Master of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary (2004), his M. A. in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College Graduate School (2005), and his PhD in Theological Studies-Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2012). He later attended the Harvard Institute of Education Management and completed a year of executive coaching. James researches and writes in the areas of theology and Old Testament Studies. He has published Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind in 2020 and co-authored Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology in 2018. James also co-authored "Isaiah" with Michael Rydelnik in the Moody Bible Commentary and contributed to Marriage: It's Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World, and The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy.In addition to writing on theology and Old Testament studies, James has also published and presented in the areas of online curriculum design, higher education policy, organizational strategies for higher education recruitment, and Christian leadership. James and his family live in the Chicagoland area. He is available to speak in the areas of Christian leadership, Christian theology and contemporary issues, Christian identity in the digital age, biblical higher education and college choice, and Old Testament theology. .

Willing and Able to Speak for Christ

If Christians only point fingers or advocate for one political solution or another, will we not miss opportunities to point the lost to the cross of Christ?

Finding Peace in Advent

What might it look like to clear our minds of the many pseudo-obligations of the holiday season so that we can enjoy being in God’s presence?

Reflections on Impartiality

We would do well to remember God’s desire for impartiality as we read, speak, write, post, or tweet.

They Know Not What They Do: Can We Adopt Christ’s Attitude Today

Still, we are the only people capable of proclaiming Christ to a world that desperately needs to hear the gospel and see it worked out in a broken world.

Two for Flinching: Vulnerability in Leadership

Ignoring any outside perspective to avoid harsh criticism and uninformed opinion isolates you from bad and good ideas.

Knowing What You Don’t Know

Simply gaining knowledge, however, is not the goal.

A Giant with Clay Feet

God uses us despite our failings and, at times, because of them.

A People Willing and Able to Speak for Christ

Nations will fall, yet all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ belong to a “kingdom that cannot be shaken”

Bernstein’s “The Idiot Culture” and the Church in a Digital Age

We will begin to see that there are often more possibilities available to us than those who tell stories today might like us to think.

Being Theologically Flexible without Becoming Double Jointed

When we are too rigid in our theological thought, we run the risk of limiting God.

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