What Does It Mean to Be a Thoughtful Christian?:

David S. Dockery

Lexham Press

How to love God with your heart, soul, and mind.

Christians are surrounded by differing voices and opinions. How can you be grounded? How can you be sure you think Christianly?

In What Does It Mean to be a Thoughtful Christian?, David S. Dockery argues that Christians must be intentional about their thought life. Thoughtful Christians follow guidance from the Bible, possess a consistent worldview, listen to voices of the past, engage with the world, and prioritize faithful community and character development. Learn how thinking well and thinking Christianly is what you, your church, and your culture needs.


David S. Dockery

David S. Dockery (PhD University of Texas) serves as the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Administration of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dockery is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Theology, Church, and Ministry: A Handbook for Theological Education,Christian Leadership Essentials: A Handbook for Managing Christian Organizations, Renewing Minds and The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student’s Guide.


If you want a primer on how to think well and live well as a follower of the Crucified and Resurrected King, What Does It Mean to Be a Thoughtful Christian? is the place to start. It is a wonderful gift to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Drawing upon over thirty years of experience in Christian higher education and theological education, Dockery reminds us that the Christian faith is a coherent faith, rooted in Scripture and affirmed throughout history. Thoughtful Christian is a must-read for all who are contending for the faith and who are seeking assurance to live faithfully in a secularized, pluralistic, and fractured world.

Felix Theonugraha, President, Western Theological Seminary

I wish that someone had handed me Thoughtful Christian when I was a college freshman or sophomore. I’m thankful that David Dockery has written this helpful booklet, and trust the Lord will use it to help many students in their own pursuit of the life of the mind for the glory of God.

Nathan A. Finn, Provost and Dean of the University Faculty, North Greenville University