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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.
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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The Joker

There is a word that is often airbrushed from our rhetoric. Evil. And we need the word back.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 23, 2012 |
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Hypocrites

"The church is full of hypocrites." It’s almost become the great cultural dismissal. It has become the "one-liner" that can effectively quell any consideration of Jesus, much less the implications of faith in Him.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 19, 2012 |
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Rethinking Evangelism

Evangelism involves effectively communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ with the goal of seeing an individual come to saving faith in Christ.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 16, 2012 |
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The Divides that Divide

At this moment, there are at least four major divides facing evangelical Christianity that are generating the most tension.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 12, 2012 |
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The 'Best' Religious Joke

GQ Magazine once highlighted the greatest jokes. One was religious in nature.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 09, 2012 |
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Dachau and Doubt

How ironic that space drenched with such a sense of the sacred is the seed of so much spiritual doubt. While many found faith of its deepest and most vibrant nature on the grounds of Dachau, others lost it forevermore.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 05, 2012 |
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Is Pornography Really Wrong?

When it comes to porn, the question facing many men and women is simple: is it really wrong? Is it really that big of a deal?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 28, 2012 |
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Spiritual Narcissism

If there is a theme to our day, it’s that “it’s all about me.” The technical term is narcissism.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 25, 2012 |
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The Converted Mind

A mind for God is terribly important if one is to have a life given to God. As the Apostle Paul wrote, the very basis of our spiritual transformation as Christ followers is through the renewing of our minds.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 21, 2012 |
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Bad Religion

Editors at Preaching Today recently highlighted Ross Douthat’s synopsis of the core beliefs of America’s wave of “spiritual but not religious” teachers.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 18, 2012 |
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The Unpopular Parent

The three keys to parenting in today’s “always on” world are being informed, involved and in charge.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 14, 2012 |
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The Prometheus Question

If we find life on another planet, even life that matches our own, does that do away with God?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 11, 2012 |
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I'm No Lawyer, But...

I am 100 percent against discrimination based on age, race or gender. However, I do not put same-sex marriage into that mix. Age, race and gender are not lifestyle choices. Choosing to enter a same-sex marriage is.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 07, 2012 |
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