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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 "Best" Religious Joke Ever

There is a winner for the best “religious” joke of all time. Yes, it’s funny. But like many jokes, only because it’s painfully close to the truth.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 26, 2014 |
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The Problem with the Room

Picture this: You are talking with someone about a problem. A ministry that isn’t growing, a child that isn’t behaving, a wife that isn’t feeling cherished, a pattern where they keep getting fired…and the problem is never in the room.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 19, 2014 |
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A Letter to My Granddaughter

Upon Avonlea’s birth, I decided to write her a letter. This is an excerpt from it. I share it to remind all grandchildren how much they are loved by their grandparents, and children of those grandparents how much they are loved by their parents.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 15, 2014 |
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Why You May Not Be Growing As a Church

Churches are living things. Living things grow. If you’re not growing, something is wrong.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 12, 2014 |
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Sexting: The New 'Courtship'

I know our culture is rapidly coarsening. I know that what was once repugnant to our collective moral conscience is now celebrated. But affirming young teens in pornifying themselves?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 08, 2014 |
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Death Penalty

I’ve never taught about capital punishment. I’ve never written about capital punishment. But this issue has been in the news as of late which prompted me to write this blog.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 05, 2014 |
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The Top Five Books

If I simply wanted to ignite a passion in someone for a subject what would the top five be for various areas if all I wanted to do was turn them on, through reading, to that area?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 01, 2014 |
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"Spontaneous" Baptisms

There has been much talk of late about “spontaneous” baptisms. As a result, some have questioned whether it should be offered at all. So should it?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 28, 2014 |
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The Monday After Easter (2014)

This is a blog with a very specific audience. This is for all the church planters and their volunteers on post-Easter Monday, struggling to make it from week-to-week, as well as the leaders and members of established churches which are anything but “mega” – well below the 200 threshold in terms of average attendance.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 21, 2014 |
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"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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