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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.
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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The Transgender Tipping Point

Mainstream acceptance of homosexuality and the legalization of gay marriage virtually demand the acceptance of almost any other lifestyle. And first in line is the “T” in LGBT.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 09, 2014 |
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Staying Creative

One of the challenges in any sphere of life, particularly ministry, is staying creative. And it’s an important challenge.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 05, 2014 |
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The Truth about Grace and Truth

One of the most important dynamics to get right is the dynamic between grace and truth. Not only is it the heart of the gospel, but at the heart of many of the most regrettable caricatures and stereotypes abounding about Christians and Christianity in our world today.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 02, 2014 |
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The Most Important Sub-Ministry In Your Church

In a recent interview surrounding my new book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated (Baker), I made the statement that the most important sub-ministry of any church is its children’s ministry. Period.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 29, 2014 |
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The "Best" Religious Joke Ever

There is a winner for the best “religious” joke of all time. Yes, it’s funny. But like many jokes, only because it’s painfully close to the truth.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 26, 2014 |
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The Problem with the Room

Picture this: You are talking with someone about a problem. A ministry that isn’t growing, a child that isn’t behaving, a wife that isn’t feeling cherished, a pattern where they keep getting fired…and the problem is never in the room.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 19, 2014 |
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A Letter to My Granddaughter

Upon Avonlea’s birth, I decided to write her a letter. This is an excerpt from it. I share it to remind all grandchildren how much they are loved by their grandparents, and children of those grandparents how much they are loved by their parents.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 15, 2014 |
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Why You May Not Be Growing As a Church

Churches are living things. Living things grow. If you’re not growing, something is wrong.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 12, 2014 |
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