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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.
"Good" Friday (2014)

The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was - and is - part of the “good” declared by God at creation.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 17, 2014 |
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Willful Defiance

A recent story in the news brings into question the school system's ability to exercise authority when they are unable to deliver appropriate consequences for willful defiance.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 14, 2014 |
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Teachability

I’ve found myself talking increasingly about the defining character trait of those who join and grow with an organization; the defining mark of someone who truly succeeds.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 07, 2014 |
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The Three Biggest Questions People Have After Seeing "Noah"

"Noah" has clearly shown us the genuine desire to dig deeper into some of the issues related to the story, and specifically, questions about some of the dynamics of the film itself.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 03, 2014 |
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The 'Least Biblical' Film

Over the weekend, I did what many people who have been weighing in on the movie Noah had yet to even do: I saw the movie.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 31, 2014 |
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Worldview and World Vision

As a pastor of a church, I can say without qualification that World Vision is not being the parachurch we need. It is neither creating unity nor honoring the church.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 27, 2014 |
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How We Could Be Bigger

Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck), where I have the privilege of serving as senior pastor, has a clear ten-year vision. And for us, how we reach our goals matter as much as the goals themselves. Because the “how” is about the way we live our lives.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 24, 2014 |
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The Big Banger

This week was a cosmologist’s dream. A discovery was made that few scientists thought would ever be discovered at all, much less in their lifetime: ripples made in the fabric of the universe following the Big Bang.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 20, 2014 |
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May We All be Irish

It was a pagan world, outside the borders of the accepted disciplines and understandings of civilization. And into this postmodern milieu, 1500 years before postmodernism was born, came Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland (c. 5th century).

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 17, 2014 |
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"Technites"

Do you recall the tower of Babel? Well we’re rebuilding it, only this time we are not using bricks and mortar, but silicon chips and genetic engineering.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 13, 2014 |
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The Five "C's" for Picking Staff and Volunteer Leaders

I am often invited to facilitate private leadership gatherings that are designed as mentoring sessions. Time and again, the biggest issue facing those in ministry has to do with staff and volunteers.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 10, 2014 |
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Theodosius the Game-Changer

The decision made by Theodosius to proclaim Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire – and the way it accelerated and took root in the early Middle Ages – is a story seldom told in light of the caricatures that abound.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 06, 2014 |
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Five Observations on "Refusing to Serve"

A national conversation has been ignited on the relationship between religious freedom and non-discrimination, and the dividing lines are not neat and clean. I believe there are five very important observations to make on the matter.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 03, 2014 |
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Talking to the "Nones"

There is little doubt that the religious story of our day is the rise of the “nones,” the religiously unaffiliated, in the United States.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 27, 2014 |
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An Inconvenient Truth

Many pastors and leaders look for the silver bullet - the solution that they can seamlessly weave into the life of the church that will solve all of their problems but keep everyone currently attending happy. There’s only one problem. It doesn’t exist.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 24, 2014 |
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Three Books

Someone asked me an interesting question recently that I’d never been asked before: “What books do you keep closest to you when you write?”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 20, 2014 |
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Mission Lessons

There is something I just don't "get" - people trying to woo the already churched to another church as if that's the mission.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 18, 2014 |
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From "A's" to "Affluenza"

Two stories caught my attention this past week. Both reflect our culture’s trend away from two very important words: “personal responsibility.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 13, 2014 |
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100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Plus One

Amazon's list spans the past 200 years or so, and has something of a tilt toward the new and trendy. But some things about this list raised questions.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 10, 2014 |
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Emotional Survival

The hits and hurts that can come your way working in ministry are occupational hazards that can tear away at your soul, sap your enthusiasm, your creativity, and your missional stamina.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 06, 2014 |
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