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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.
The Real Christmas Carol

When you study the era that Dickens wrote about when he published A Christmas Carol in 1843, you realize that it was dark and evil. And that the Scrooge character was not the buffoonish, almost cartoon-like character some of the movies made him out to be.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 20, 2012 |
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The Answer is Evil

A teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., reflecting on the carnage and tragedy of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, asked the question for the world: “Who would do this to our poor little babies?”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 15, 2012 |
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The Church of Oprah-Wan Kenobi

Oprah is more than a celebrity. She is even more than a brand, or a business. She has become a shaping cultural force.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 13, 2012 |
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Yes, Virginia, There Is

An editorial appeared in the September 21, 1897, edition of The New York Sun titled "Is There a Santa Claus?" It was a reply to a query sent by an 8-year-old girl named Virginia. She asked her father if there was a Santa Claus, and he suggested she write to The Sun and ask, telling her, "If you see it in The Sun, it’s so."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 10, 2012 |
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The Mayan Apocalypse

The Mayan apocalypse -- predicted for December 21 -- is looming large. How are we to think Christianly about this?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 06, 2012 |
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Ralphie vs. George

An intriguing editorial in TIME magazine noted how "A Christmas Story" had become the quintessential American film for Christmas, replacing "It’s a Wonderful Life."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 03, 2012 |
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Five Essential Questions

Few have thought more strategically about organizational dynamics than the late Peter Drucker. Toward the end of his life, this turned increasingly toward the non-profit organization.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 29, 2012 |
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24 Mistakes of Misplaced Missional Energy

Who wants to major on the minors? Actually, I know. Most leaders do. It’s the same kind of person who analyzes any number of other people, places or things for mistakes.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 26, 2012 |
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Thankful for the Fleas (2012)

The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were kept in the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbruck were terribly overcrowded and flea-infested. They had been able to miraculously smuggle a Bible into the camp, and in that Bible they had read that in all things they were to give thanks, and that God can use anything for good.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 22, 2012 |
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Cultural vs. Universal: Basic Biblical Interpretation for a Skeptical Culture, Part 2

There are two principal concerns brought against Scripture in the secular marketplace of ideas. Forget whether it’s true or not, that’s not the biggest issue in their minds.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 19, 2012 |
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An Eye for an Eye: Basic Biblical Interpretation for a Skeptical Culture, Part 1

One of the most common cultural objections to the Bible, and specifically to ethical stands based on the Bible’s teachings, is the Old Testament.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 15, 2012 |
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The 2012 Tipping Point

What, exactly, happened on November 6, 2012? It’s simple. We witnessed the results of a cultural tipping point.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 12, 2012 |
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Three Attacks of the Modern World

As gunpowder-firing cannonballs ended the age of castles, so the volleys of modern thought have decimated the fortress of faith. Of particular damage were those lofted by Copernicus, Darwin and Freud.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 08, 2012 |
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Opening the Front Door -- Revisited

During a question/answer session at a recent conference, I was asked, "What are the three things most important to having an effective and open ‘front door’ to the church?"

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 05, 2012 |
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God and Sandy

It has been deemed the most destructive storm, hitting the most densely populated areas of our country, in decades. So where was God?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 01, 2012 |
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The Virgin Vote

The Obama campaign placed an ad on its website titled “Lena Dunham: Your First Time.” Talking directly to the camera, she likens voting for Barack Obama to losing your virginity.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 29, 2012 |
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Appreciating Your Pastor

Pastor Appreciation Month does give me the opportunity to say a few things about how to appreciate your pastor in a way that will be meaningful for them. And it doesn’t involve what you might think. Most aren’t hoping to be invited over for a dinner, or having their picture put up in a hallway with candles lit on either side in memoriam.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 25, 2012 |
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Future Shock

I was recently asked four compelling questions by Outreach magazine related to the future of the church. They were specific, and as a result, forced me to galvanize quite a bit of "wide" thinking into a concise format.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 22, 2012 |
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Films for Thought

We have witnessed a cultural revolution over the last 20 years. We have moved, rather decisively, to a visually-based world. The most formative influences are not books, theater, or even music. They are films.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 18, 2012 |
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Meet the Nones

Now that the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has documented the "nones" are the fastest-growing and now second-largest religious constituency in the United States, constituting one of every five Americans, who are they?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 15, 2012 |
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