143 episodes

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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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 349 Ratings

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.

    Doubt

    Doubt

    In this episode, James Bryan Smith thought from above is, “there are benefits to doubt.” Smith gives us three reasons to explain why there are benefits to doubt in our faith. The first reason is doubt allows you to make your faith truly yours. The second benefit is doubt helps faith take root. His third […]

    • 15 min
    Conversation with Amy Bragg Carey

    Conversation with Amy Bragg Carey

    James Bryan Smith has a Things Above conversation with Dr. Amy Bragg Carey. Amy is the fourteenth president of Friends University and is currently in her seventh year as president. She previously served as vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. She brings to Friends a strong background […]

    • 25 min
    Jesus Is Lord

    Jesus Is Lord

    James Bryan Smith’s thought from above this week is, Jesus is Lord. Smith opens the episode with a reading of Colossians chapter three to help illustrate his thought from above. To close the episode, James reads a passage from Dr. Scot McKnights commentary on Colossians. Interested in donating to the Things Above Podcast? Donate here! […]

    • 15 min
    Gift Love

    Gift Love

    James Bryan Smith talks about two kinds of love, “gift love” and “need love.” In this episode Smith’s thought from above is, to love one another just as Jesus has loved us. “Need Love”, is a kind of longing love much like romantic love. “Gift Love” is God’s love, it doesn’t need anything in return. […]

    • 19 min
    Conversation with Michael Wise

    Conversation with Michael Wise

    James Bryan Smith has a Things Above conversation with Dr. Michael Wise. Michael Wise is an internationally recognized expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He frequently lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls from coast to coast. Dr. Wise is ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Free Church and regularly teaches adult Sunday School classes. […]

    • 36 min
    Kronstadt

    Kronstadt

    James Bryan Smith’s thought from above comes from Saint John of Kronstadt. In this episode, James reads an excerpt from the writings of Saint John of Kronstadt. Smith uses this passage to help us look for traces of mercy. Interested in donating to the Things Above Podcast? Donate here! Related Episodes: 1. Trifle 2. Conversation […]

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
349 Ratings

349 Ratings

bro#john ,

Things Above #125

This is an excellent conversation about hope, realism, and self-care in dealing with the pandemic and other challenges.

vanesanunez ,

Cant get enough!

Thank you brother Jim for doing Gods holy work! I binged on all of your episodes 😅😅 I think it took me a couple months😆
It has truly been a blessing in my life!
Thanks again for being our things above accountability partner!
God bless!

nelsonjj1 ,

Great thoughts in 15 minutes

I love hearing these thoughts, which help me set my mind on things above. It stirs my thinking and helps me focus on Christ. Thanks for sharing regularly!

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