“JM is a brilliant Bible teacher who has the uncommon ability to translate sound doctrine and theology to our generation. It’s unfortunately rare to find people who are willing to engage the questions being brought to scripture and God. It’s even rarer to find somebody who can articulate appropriate responses to those questions and in the process teach people how to properly read and understand the Bible. This is why every time we offer Bible classes, my first call is to JM.” Chris Thayer – Director of Discipleship, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Charlotte NC
As a pastor for over 20 years I don’t consider myself jaded to the word of God taught by other teachers and pastors by any stretch of the imagination, but I must say it can feel at times like many of the messages I hear just run together. Not so with James-Michael Smith! Refreshing, cutting edge and thought provoking are just a few ways in which I would describe the deep and life-altering teaching he delivers to the body of Christ. In fact I have a list of my top ten messages and recently one of his teachings made it into a top place on my list and almost blew the lid off! “The Woman, the Dragon & the Cross” message is a must hear. It rocked my world and I will never be the same again. Give James-Michael a look. You will not be disappointed. Rev. Steve Wright – Pastor, Legacy Church, Charlotte NC
JM is the kind of bible teacher I like: solid in his evangelical commitments and yet willing to challenge some evangelical presuppositions. We need more like him as biblical scholarship moves ahead into the 21st Century. Talbot Davis – Senior Pastor, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Charlotte NC
Bible For the Rest of Us is a challenging and thought-provoking course. JM’s teaching style is refreshing, and you’ll refer to your notes many times long after you’ve taken the class. Kristy Tolley – Homeschooling mother, Children’s Book Author
The perception in America is that Christians are products of a blind allegiance to the Bible. Unfortunately, this view is fairly accurate. BFTROU will change that. This course transforms a person’s understanding of the bible and will empower them to grow into more informed and educated believers. Chris Macedo – Pastor of Worship, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Charlotte NC
“Bible For The Rest Of Us” is a great class for anyone who wants to get more out of a Bible study or small group. I especially recommend it to anyone who currently leads or is looking to lead a small group or Bible study. Even if you are a Bible-Story whiz, this class can help further your understanding by helping answer questions such as “Where did our Bible come from?”, “Why are there so many Bible translations, and can I trust them all?”, and “Is the Old Testament really relevant?” Mark Blanco – Office Manager, Bullseye Construction, Inc.
JM’s “Bible for the Rest of Us” was an excellent experience. It was better than some of my seminary classes. JM combines a heart for God and intimate knowledge of his word with a high capacity to teach with humor, wit and simplicity. Its a real treat for anyone interested in an approach to learn more about the Bible on its own terms. Rich Tuttle – Pastor, Catawba United Methodist Church, Catawba NC
Standing on a firm theological foundation, JM is able to clearly communicate the timeless truths of the Christian Faith in a way any listener can understand and appreciate. David Hickman – Executive Director, CityONE Network – www.cityonenetwork.org