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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.
Strategic Strategy

There is nothing more critical to leadership than strategic decision-making. And nothing is more strategic in decision-making than, well, strategy.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 25, 2013 |
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A Most Converted Man

C.S. Lewis’ passion was thoughtfully translating the Christian faith into language that anyone could understand. He was driven to have people know what Christianity was about.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 21, 2013 |
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Money Before a Watching World

There are few things more important to guard before a watching world than a church’s financial reputation.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 18, 2013 |
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Whatever Happened to Evangelism? (2013)

It’s time someone wrote a book for the church titled Whatever Became of Evangelism? The point would be how we tend to avoid terms like “lost” or “hell” or “salvation.” It would detail how the Great Commission became the Great Rhetoric and then finally fell into the category of the Great Community.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 14, 2013 |
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When to Leave a Church

There is a perfect time to leave a church, but what that "time" is may surprise you.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 11, 2013 |
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Unplug Your Family

Children spend almost 8 hours a day consuming media for fun, including TV, music, video games and other content.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 07, 2013 |
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Five Biggest Things We Did Right Early On

One of the biggest questions I get from pastors is what we did in the early years that now, looking back with hindsight, we feel made the most difference. It’s a good question.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 04, 2013 |
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About Today (Halloween)

I still hold to the child-like fun Halloween night can hold, but I no longer view the day itself as innocent as I did years ago. But it’s not because of the occult. It's the sex.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 31, 2013 |
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Bucket List

What would a bucket list entail for someone who is already a follower of Christ (becoming one would be, of course, the only bucket list item that would matter)?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 28, 2013 |
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Is Google God?

There can be little doubt that what began as a graduate project of two 20-something Stanford students is now shaping the world. But how?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 24, 2013 |
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Five Missional Misfires

Every church would say they are in it for the mission. Which is why misfiring on that mission is something to be avoided at all costs. Yet it happens all the time.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 21, 2013 |
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The Lost Art of Discipline

A recent business article caught my attention, lamenting the lack of discipline people have toward their work. And this can be just as true of the spiritual life.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 17, 2013 |
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The Miracle of the Happening

Few things get our attention as much as speed. Because of that, we can often miss the miracle of the happening.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 14, 2013 |
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If Churches Shut Down

People across the United States are finding out what it means for their life when the government shuts down. But what if churches shut down?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 10, 2013 |
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First Things First

College application essay prompts seem to want high-school seniors to have it all figured out. But then why go to college? Churches can make a similar mistake.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 07, 2013 |
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The Theory of Desirable Difficulty

As a pastor, I’m often confronted with the confusion and bewilderment surrounding why God might allow pain and suffering into a human life. This theory by Malcom Gladwell offers some insights into this.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 03, 2013 |
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Seven Characteristics of an Effective Church Structure

One of the least talked about, but absolutely crucial areas to explore, is church structure. How are decisions made? How is leadership allowed to function?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 30, 2013 |
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The Silence of God

The experience of the silence of God is real. Many of us have felt it. Times when we cry out to God, and there seems to be no answer. We pray, pouring out our hearts, only to hear the words echo back without a reply.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 26, 2013 |
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The Rise of the Paranormal

The supernatural has become big business in the U.K. in recent years, and it’s a similar story in the United States. It seems our interest in the paranormal knows few bounds.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 23, 2013 |
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Five Marks of Complacency

It’s clear to me that one of the most prevalent afflictions might be termed a church’s “culture of complacency.” Complacency has to do with self-satisfaction, a sense of contentment regarding the state of things.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 19, 2013 |
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