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Dr. James Emery White Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

Dr. James Emery White

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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.
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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In Google We Trust

Is Google our new “God? ” It’s a question I raised in my book, The Church in an Age of Crisis. But I wasn’t the first to raise it.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 04, 2014 |
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The Need for Church Bookstores

With the rise of e-books and self-publishing and the demise of bookstores and back catalogs, the need for Christian bookstores that are well-stocked with vetted titles is staggering.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 31, 2014 |
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Confusing Evangelism and Discipleship

The caricature is so tired it’s wearisome to even bring it up, but it’s so prevalent, we must: “If you emphasize evangelism, you must not be doing discipleship.” This is such a patently ridiculous idea it’s almost not worth spending energy to dismiss.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 28, 2014 |
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Good Loving Gone Bad (The New Cultural Apologetic)

There is a new cultural apologetic that is fast becoming the go-to argument to ensure affirmation and approval of previously immoral activities. And it is an argument taken straight from the Bible: Love.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 24, 2014 |
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A Vision for the Arts

There is a sense where the church used to be the patron of the arts. But somewhere along the line we kind of got screwed up and we began to give the arts back to the world.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 21, 2014 |
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Freefalling

Soon after gay marriage began its victory lap through the courts, cases advocating polygamy – using virtually the same arguments that the courts had accepted for gay marriage – became legion. And yes, now comes the wave to accept pedophilia.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 17, 2014 |
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A Spiritually Transformed Life

To the Celtic soul, God could be seen as revealing himself in every occurrence of life. And this presence, perceived and looked for in everyday life, was deeply personal.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 14, 2014 |
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What Kind of Church to the "Nones" Are You?

Much attention has been given to the rise of the nones and rightly so. This person needs someone or something to facilitate the process of moving him or her toward being able to even consider the life and message of Christ.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 10, 2014 |
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The Vanishing Ecclesiology

Today, Christianity tends to be disqualified on the grounds that it argues that an unchanging and universal truth even exists. In other words, a particular faith used to be wrong on the basis of what one perceived to be truth; now a faith is wrong for claiming there is such a thing.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 07, 2014 |
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A Date that Changed our World

An essay in the New York Times, prompted by the July celebration of Independence Day, put forward the ten days that really changed American history. The point was that nothing much actually happened on Thursday, July 4, 1776.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 03, 2014 |
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Three Moving Cultural Currents

Sociologist Peter Berger, among many others, has long suggested that the modern world is being shaped by three deep and fast-moving cultural currents: secularization, pluralization and privatization.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 30, 2014 |
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The World Without Us

The book with this title, by Alan Weisman, prompts a powerful and provocative question for those of us who follow Christ: If all Christian influence were withdrawn from the world tomorrow, how long would it be before the world felt the effects?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 26, 2014 |
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The Mark of a Christian

What occupied Jesus the moments before His atoning death for the sins of the world? Not surprisingly, He was concerned that the world would recognize His gift.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 23, 2014 |
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The Greek, the Latin and the Hebrew

At the risk of gross over-simplification, there are three primary ways of looking at reality, at least among those of us who reside in the West. Each is deeply important to grasp.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 19, 2014 |
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Idea and Ideal

I know that many, if not most, Christians have become disillusioned with the church. But it is an institution, and needs to be.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 16, 2014 |
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Summer Reading List (2014)

A long tradition at ChurchandCulture.org is the summer reading post – meaning the once-a-year list of ten books that might be worth your while to peruse during some (hopefully) extra reading time over your summer.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 12, 2014 |
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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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