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Dr. James Emery White Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

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James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; President of Serious Times, a ministry which explores the intersection of faith and culture (www.serioustimes.org); and ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture on the Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. White holds the B.S., M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees, along with additional work at Vanderbilt University and Oxford University. He is the author of over a dozen books.
Answering the “WT*IUWT” Questions

These questions are the heart of what is churning around in the minds of those on the outside-looking-in at the Christian faith. They have so many “WT*IUWT” questions, and the essence of any conversation that might move them down the spiritual road will involve talking about them.

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  • October 20, 2014 |
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Community 101 (Part Two): Shalom

Shalom is commonly understood to mean “peace” or “health” or “prosperity.” It carries within it the idea of “completeness.” Shalom is the vision of community; it is what community strives to be.

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  • October 13, 2014 |
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Community 101: Finding vs. Building

Community is not something you find, it is something you build. Community is not something discovered, it is something forged. My point is that all relationships of worth are products of labor.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 09, 2014 |
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Man Up

*The following is an excerpt from the first installment of Dr. White’s latest series at Mecklenburg Community Church, “Man Up.” It will “read” like the oral event it was, but we felt it deserved to be lifted out and sent out as today’s blog. – The Church & Culture Team

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 06, 2014 |
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The Six Faces of Sloth

We don’t hear about sloth much these days, but it’s a good word, one we ought to get reacquainted with, because it holds a major key to life-change through the power of God.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 29, 2014 |
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Religion, Politics...and a Christian Mind

Just hearing the two words, “religion” and “politics,” and the blood pressure rises, doesn’t it? All the more reason to be surprised by a recent Pew Research Center study finding that an increasing number of people actually wish there was more religion in politics. Research points to a “growing appetite” for such things as church-endorsed candidates and other church-state intersections.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 25, 2014 |
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Whatever Became of Church? (Part Three)

Beyond being one, holy, catholic and apostolic, local churches were entities that had definition and form, structure and purpose. They were not simply doing "community" in the broadest of senses, much less simply pursuing ministry.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 24, 2014 |
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Whatever Became of Church? (Part Two)

The word “parachurch” is built off of two words: “para,” which means “alongside of” and, of course, the word “church.” As conceived, the parachurch is meant to serve “alongside” the church - not in place of the church or in competition with the church.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 18, 2014 |
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Whatever Became of Church? (Part One)

With jaw-dropping vigor, ignorance, and at times unblushing gall, increasing sectors of the evangelical world are abandoning two thousand years of ecclesiology; as if the church was some malleable human construct that can be shaped, altered, redefined or even disposed of as desired.

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  • September 15, 2014 |
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The Class of 2018

Every fall, since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a list of “cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students” entering colleges and universities in the fall.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 11, 2014 |
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The People Meck Needs

I’ve been very open (and often very loud) in sharing that the mission of Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) is not about transfer growth. But there is one type of person we long for and who I, personally, pray for.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 08, 2014 |
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Books for New Christians

Someone wrote in to ChurchandCulture.org recently, to ask which books were most pivotal to me when I became a new Christian. It was forwarded to me with the note, “Might make a good blog.” I agreed.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 04, 2014 |
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Your Pastor and Public Messes

Let’s be clear: as pastors, we’re not supposed to be leading in a way that creates a public mess. The Bible lays out certain qualifications for church leaders, most notably that they have demonstrated capable leadership of their own family.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 01, 2014 |
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Meet Generation Z

I’d like to introduce you to Generation Z. Because we need to drop everything and start paying attention to Generation Z, who now constitute 25.9% of the U.S. population.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 28, 2014 |
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Defending Against Satan's Greatest Attack

Where will Satan most likely attack your church? That’s easy. Your community.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 25, 2014 |
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"There's No Off in This Season: Team Sports Are Taking Over Kid's Lives"

James Emery White was interviewed as part of an article that ran this past Sunday in The New York Times that was built off of a blog he wrote on the interplay of sports, faith and culture. Instead of his usual blog posting, we thought you might enjoy reading it.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 21, 2014 |
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Leadership and Social Media

There is a lot of advice out there for the use of social media that usually falls into two categories. But if you are part of a church’s leadership team, whether staff or volunteer, there’s more to add to the mix that isn’t being talked about very much.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 18, 2014 |
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Biting into Reality

One of the most important disciplines as a leader is to look the facts in the eye. To own the reality of your situation. Even when it bites.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 14, 2014 |
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Paving Paradise

A church, one that really was God’s, dripping with grace toward His sin-soaked children, wouldn’t be just a parking lot.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 11, 2014 |
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Read When Discouraged

This is a simple post. When you are discouraged, remember these seven words: There is a God on the loose.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 07, 2014 |
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