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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.
Theodosius the Game-Changer

The decision made by Theodosius to proclaim Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire – and the way it accelerated and took root in the early Middle Ages – is a story seldom told in light of the caricatures that abound.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 06, 2014 |
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Five Observations on "Refusing to Serve"

A national conversation has been ignited on the relationship between religious freedom and non-discrimination, and the dividing lines are not neat and clean. I believe there are five very important observations to make on the matter.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 03, 2014 |
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Talking to the "Nones"

There is little doubt that the religious story of our day is the rise of the “nones,” the religiously unaffiliated, in the United States.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 27, 2014 |
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An Inconvenient Truth

Many pastors and leaders look for the silver bullet - the solution that they can seamlessly weave into the life of the church that will solve all of their problems but keep everyone currently attending happy. There’s only one problem. It doesn’t exist.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 24, 2014 |
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Three Books

Someone asked me an interesting question recently that I’d never been asked before: “What books do you keep closest to you when you write?”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 20, 2014 |
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Mission Lessons

There is something I just don't "get" - people trying to woo the already churched to another church as if that's the mission.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 18, 2014 |
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From "A's" to "Affluenza"

Two stories caught my attention this past week. Both reflect our culture’s trend away from two very important words: “personal responsibility.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 13, 2014 |
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100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Plus One

Amazon's list spans the past 200 years or so, and has something of a tilt toward the new and trendy. But some things about this list raised questions.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 10, 2014 |
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Emotional Survival

The hits and hurts that can come your way working in ministry are occupational hazards that can tear away at your soul, sap your enthusiasm, your creativity, and your missional stamina.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 06, 2014 |
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25 Truths

After the umpteenth email, tweet or call saying, “Could you say a few words about why they are myths” following my “25 Myths” blog, I gave in. Fortunately, most wanted just a few lines that could be used in general conversation, not an entire apologetic.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 03, 2014 |
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25 Myths

When you have pledged your life to Christ’s save-the-world work, it’s the myths about Christianity that can drive you crazy.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 30, 2014 |
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Defining "Hate"

The definition of "hate" has some very strong language. However this wording is much strongter than the way it is often used in our modern world.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 27, 2014 |
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Switching Off Your Child

Rumor has it that parents can make rules. That they can make a difference. In fact, that’s their job. But that’s not the way we think.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 23, 2014 |
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Would Martin Luther King Be Heard Today?

With today's worldview, would the famed "Letter from Birmingham Jail" have had the same lasting impression?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 20, 2014 |
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Knowing When to Care

One of the more important personal disciplines as a leader is to be able to know what you don’t care about. Or more to the point, what you shouldn’t care about.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 16, 2014 |
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Missing Our Moment

Biblical unity is about working through conflicts, avoiding slander and gossip, and being generous in spirit.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 13, 2014 |
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Voting With Their Feet

So many times we wonder about the validity or value of something when the answer is patently clear: people have voted with their feet

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 09, 2014 |
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The Millennial Mistake

Why are we focusing on Christian Millennials who leave the church in order to learn how to reach non-Christian Millennials who are not in the church?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 06, 2014 |
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New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Church (2014)

What would a set of New Year’s resolutions look like for you and your church, your role as a leader, or simply as someone who wants to live a life of strategic Kingdom investment?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 02, 2014 |
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The Year (Really) in Review

This is the time to recap the year that was. But how do you really get a twelve-month snapshot of a culture’s zeitgeist? I would argue for two words: “Google searches.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 30, 2013 |
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