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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.
'Freedom of' or 'Freedom from'?

What is now upon us is the sense that our constitution does not simply call for the freedom of religion, but the freedom from it. In other words, that we must sanitize any and all aspects of religion from public life.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 01, 2012 |
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The Top Ten Books

I'd like your help. Our new bookstore, The Grounds, asked me for the top ten books I would recommend that everyone read. Whether they are simply new to the faith, or just hungry to grow, what would those ten be?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 27, 2012 |
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Preparing for Jesus' Next Lover

Ancient manuscripts seem to be the sweet spot, a la Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, for sensationalism. Anything "old" that surfaces that even hints at a variant account of the biblical materials is thrown into the news cycle with breathless drama.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 24, 2012 |
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The Authority of the Christian Faith

Today, we have made personal experience everything. What we think and feel, what we emote and choose, is placed above the stated orthodoxy of the community of faith of which we are a part.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 20, 2012 |
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Pastoral Plagiarism

Someone brought something to my attention recently. A young woman on our staff came across a talk, given by a pastor, on a church’s website. It was my talk.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 17, 2012 |
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The Slippery Slope Emerges

The idea is a simple one: if you take one step on to a slippery slope, you may find yourself sliding all the way down the hill. Culturally, it means that if you rationalize doing something from a particular philosophy or set of values, you may want to consider how that same rationale might apply to other, less popular, concerns.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 13, 2012 |
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Four Questions

During a jog on our annual study break, I was praying to God for self-evaluation; how I could improve, do better, go to another level in my life and ministry. As I continued down the trail, four questions formed in my mind that penetrated to the heart of not just improvement, but the kind of ruthless self-assessment that leads to substantive life change.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 10, 2012 |
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You and Your Church

Let’s talk instead about what any single individual person, in any particular church, can do to help their church reach its full redemptive potential. In other words, let’s go after the lowest-hanging solution-oriented fruit.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 06, 2012 |
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Memo to CNN and Bill Nye

CNN recently ran an article about the YouTube slam on creationism, "Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children," by Bill Nye -- also known as TV’s "Bill Nye the Science Guy." I felt it worthwhile to address this.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 03, 2012 |
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The Christian and Politics

With the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, and the DNC coming next week to my home city (Charlotte), it seemed a good time to talk about the Christian and politics.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 30, 2012 |
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Church Metrics

I am about to go where angels fear to tread. Yep, church numbers.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 27, 2012 |
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Marriage Under Fire

There’s an old line that goes, "It’s like saying you want to marry someone, but still date around." Who would think of marrying someone, and then act as if it was okay to date? It was an easy point to get. Not anymore.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 23, 2012 |
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Reaching Out to the Unchurched

I want to make sure that churches understand their models. And specifically, that if you want to be a church for the unchurched, you understand what that means.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 20, 2012 |
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Our Snarky Selves

"Snarky" is a relatively new, mostly British slang adjective that means "critical," "cutting" or "testy." It can refer to a person, or mood. Or, in our case, a culture.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 16, 2012 |
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What's Wrong With a Boy Who Wears a Dress?

The latest edition of The New York Times Magazine features a cover photo of a young girl with long hair in a long, flowing pink dress decorated with flowers. Only it isn’t a girl. It’s a boy.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 13, 2012 |
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Is America a Christian Nation?

The National Association of Evangelicals recently polled its leadership as to whether they felt the United States was a Christian nation. The answer was overwhelming.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 09, 2012 |
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Church Hopping

A working definition: church hopping is going from one church to another without committing to any one church for any significant period of time (which makes it different than legitimate church "shopping").

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 06, 2012 |
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Always On, Never With

There are several fallouts from a culture that is “always on.” For one thing, it's made us impatient.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 02, 2012 |
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It's All About Tolerance

Have you scratched your head over the last few weeks and thought, “What in the world is going on?” What’s going on is a massive divide about what is meant by “tolerance.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 30, 2012 |
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The Chick-fil-A Mirror

Every now and then an event comes along that offers a unique reflection of our world. A mirror, if you will, of what our culture has become.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 26, 2012 |
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