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The Things Above podcast is a podcast for "mind discipleship." It is for those who want to set their minds on "things above" (Col. 3:2). Each week James Bryan Smith will offer a glorious thought—something good and beautiful and true, something excellent and praiseworthy—to fill your mind with heavenly truths.

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The Things Above podcast is a podcast for "mind discipleship." It is for those who want to set their minds on "things above" (Col. 3:2). Each week James Bryan Smith will offer a glorious thought—something good and beautiful and true, something excellent and praiseworthy—to fill your mind with heavenly truths.

    Conversation with John Mark Comer

    Conversation with John Mark Comer

    James Bryan Smith and John Mark Comer have a Things Above conversation! In this episode James and John talk about a multitude of topics including; sexuality, theology, spiritual formation and more. Smith and Comer both explain the impact and importance of spiritual practices and how we can integrate them into our daily lives. Both James […]

    • 51 min
    Keep it Simple

    Keep it Simple

    In this episode, James Bryan Smith’s thought from above is: “Keep it simple, saint.” We are a few weeks into the new year and many of us have a new year’s resolution. Smith points out that 95% of all new year’s resolutions are broken by the end of January. This is an alarming fact but […]

    • 12 min
    Give Thanks

    Give Thanks

    The thought from above in this episode is: “Give thanks in all circumstances.” Following up on his last episode, James Bryan Smith takes a deeper dive into appreciative thinking vs depreciative thinking. He begins with a quote from Adrian van Kaam to help explain his thought from above. “The way we look at our lives […]

    • 18 min
    Rejoice Always

    Rejoice Always

    The thought from above for this episode is: “Rejoice always.” James Bryan Smith takes a deep dive into the works of theologian and priest Adrian von Kaam, to help explain his thought from above. In this episode, James explains the difference between appreciative thinking and depreciative thinking and how we can avoid the latter to […]

    • 20 min
    Conversation with Emily P. Freeman Part 3

    Conversation with Emily P. Freeman Part 3

    Emily P. Freeman is back for her third Things Above Conversation! In this episode, James and Emily have a series of questions they ask each other about podcasting, spiritual formation, and life during the pandemic. Emily was able to be in the studio for this conversation because of her new teaching position at Friends University. […]

    • 38 min
    Conversation with Cindy Bunch

    Conversation with Cindy Bunch

    James Bryan Smith has a Things Above conversation with Cindy Bunch about her book “Be Kind to Yourself.” During their discussion they talk about the importance of spiritual direction and the impact of social media in our lives. Do you have a favorite spiritual practice? Cindy and James give their top three spiritual practices and […]

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

CounselorChuck ,

Great podcast

I’ve been listening since the beginning and I get so much from it. I recommend it regularly to my counseling clients and they get so much help from it. Thank you!

AmandolinG ,

What we all need more of!

I found this podcast a couple of years ago at the beginning. I have come back again and again because I find that my thoughts often drift to places of anxiety and fear, and James Bryan Smith is such a great guide towards the good and beautiful. Thank you for serving, Jim!

Landrie E ,

Changed my Mornings

I came upon this podcast from a recommendation in a another podcast and I haven’t stopped listening since starting with the pilot episode. Starting my mornings off with truth and a sort of “mini message” has changed my day to day life as I am more filled with the Spirit and learning to think of things that are from above. HIGHLY recommend this to anyone!!!

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