What Does It Mean to Be a Thoughtful Christian?:
(Questions for Restless Minds)

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

This generation of Christians inhabit cultures that sometimes reject not only biblical revelation about reality but also the reality of reality itself. The Questions for Restless Minds series poses many of the toughest questions faced by young Christians to some of the world’s foremost Christian thinkers and leaders. Along the way, this series seeks to help the Christian next generation to learn how to think biblically when they face questions in years to come that perhaps no one yet sees coming.

Russell Moore, Editor in Chief, Christianity Today

If you’re hungry to go deeper in your faith, wrestle with hard questions, and are dissatisfied with the shallow content on your social media newsfeed, you’ll really appreciate this series of thoughtful deep dives on critically important topics like faith, the Bible, friendship, sexuality, philosophy, and more. As you engage with some world-class Christian scholars, you’ll be encouraged, equipped, challenged, and above all invited to love God more with your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Andy Kim, Multiethnic Resource Director, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

We have written short books pitched at undergraduates who want arguments that are accessible and stimulating, but invariably courteous. The material is comprehensive enough that it has become an important resource for pastors and other campus leaders who devote their energies to work with students. Each essay ends with a brief annotated bibliography, intended for readers who want to probe a little further.

D. A. Carson, From the Foreword