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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 Importance of Saying "No"

The current trend is to work harder than ever at finding ways to say “yes” to the world in order to gain a hearing.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 05, 2011 |
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Driving Force

“What gets you up in the morning, and powers you through the day?”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 01, 2011 |
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What They Don’t Teach Lawyers…or Ministers

There are wonderful exceptions, I know, but by and large, the contemporary American seminary mirrors the contemporary American law school – and in all the worst ways.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 28, 2011 |
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Thankful for the Fleas

This Thanksgiving, give thanks to God for every good and perfect gift.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 26, 2011 |
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Addressing Self-Delusion

The truth is that you can’t make progress if you have no idea from where you are starting.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 21, 2011 |
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Communion Over the Internet?

The pastors at Meck have recently been wrestling with what, exactly, we are able to do online – and more importantly, should we do all that we’re able?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 17, 2011 |
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Protecting Our Children

By now, you are tired of the headlines surrounding the Penn State debacle…and debauchery. Are there any lessons for the church?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 14, 2011 |
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Marrying Out

The latest research has found that today, “young adults have more friends of diverse racial backgrounds than past generations and are more willing to have relationships with those of other races and cultures.” So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that increasing numbers are "marrying out," meaning outside of their race.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 11, 2011 |
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A Formula for Success

“Have a vision, a strategy, define reality, give hope and execute.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 07, 2011 |
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Megatrends that Weren’t

Joshua Keating writes about “yesterday’s Next Big Things” that never took place, noting that “history can be awfully unkind to pundits wielding crystal balls.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 03, 2011 |
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All Saint's Eve

The Reformation was more than theological; it was ecclesiastical. It was a reformation of the church.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 01, 2011 |
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The Trick in the Treat*

I grew up in a day when Halloween was little more than pumpkins, fall festivals, hayrides and dressing up as a pirate or a farmer to go trick-or-treating.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 27, 2011 |
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Bleeding Two-Year-Olds

Let's face it -- China has been on a roll. But money and public relations aren’t everything. There are also two-year-old girls.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 24, 2011 |
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25 Books Every Christian Should Read

HarperOne has recently published 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics, selected by Renovare and a “specially appointed editorial board,” including Richard J. Foster, Dallas Willard and Phyllis Tickle.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 20, 2011 |
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108

The median worship attendance at a typical congregation has declined – again – from 130 to 108.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 17, 2011 |
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Is Mormonism a Cult, and Does It Matter in 2012?

The answer is both “yes” and “no,” and understanding why is an important discussion.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 13, 2011 |
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Why I Do What I Do

I told a story to our church this past weekend as part of the ending of a series on parenting. The more I’ve reflected on it, it’s about why I do what I do.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 10, 2011 |
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The First Symbol

For medieval Christians, contact with relics of Christ and the saints provided a unique bridge between earth and heaven.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 10, 2011 |
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Turning Children On to Reading

Most kids don’t read. And most parents don’t seem to know how to get them to read.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 10, 2011 |
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Dead Last

In a recent opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Norm Augustine laments the weakening emphasis on the study of history.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 26, 2011 |
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