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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.
Let Freedom Ring

Whenever the 4th of July weekend rolls around, I'm reminded of times I've traveled in countries where freedom is severely curtailed. Or they were freshly freed from the chains of injustice, and the joy of their release was palpable.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 04, 2013 |
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Map vs. Compass

Historically, there have been two tools to help guide us in our travels. One is a map, and the other is a compass. They are two very different things.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 01, 2013 |
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The Road Ahead

If you did little more than read headlines, this week welcomed same-sex marriage into the mainstream of our culture.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 27, 2013 |
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When I'm At My Best

Like many followers of Christ, I am often overwhelmed at the sin in my life and how little of Christ is actually formed in me.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 25, 2013 |
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The Lies We Believe

Have you ever considered the number of lies that you believe? Have you ever considered the number of lies that you believe?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 20, 2013 |
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What Every Christian Should Know... How to Do

Just as there are certain things we should know, as in facts or figures or cultural literacy, there are certain things we should also know how to do.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 17, 2013 |
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What is a Father?

As a father of four and a father-in-law of two more, I feel my role as a father much more viscerally than ever before. So what IS a father? I've given that some thought of late.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 13, 2013 |
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The Blood from Bleeding Edge

Bleeding edge seems to be everyone’s holy grail. This problem is churches can find that being bleeding edge can cut against them.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 10, 2013 |
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Pornified

Today 12 percent of websites are pornographic, and 40 million Americans are regular visitors — including 70 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds, who look at porn at least once a month. Fully 94 percent of therapists in another survey reported seeing an increase in people addicted to porn.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 06, 2013 |
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The 25-ish Ten

Relevant magazine recently sent out an email blast touting an article with an intriguing title: “10 Books Everyone Should Read by 25-ish.” I was less than impressed with their selections.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 03, 2013 |
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Why Homeschool?

I think everyone who is able should consider homeschooling their child. There, I said it.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 30, 2013 |
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I recently tweeted, “Travel every chance you have, to every place you can. After reading, it’s the best way to stay in school.” Many responded in one way or another with the following question: “Where are the best places to go?”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 27, 2013 |
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God and Sandy (2013)

When faced with tragedies such as the tornadoes in Oklahoma, people tend to ask, "Where was God?" This blog was originally released following hurricane Sandy in 2012.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 23, 2013 |
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The Cult of Personality

A growing phenomenon within the ranks of churches, large and small (but mostly large), is the cult of personality. It’s when a person becomes the center of attention rather than Christ; an individual looms larger than a mission; a figure is given more status than the organization itself.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 20, 2013 |
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Falling Pastors

One city. Three senior pastors of megachurches. And in just a six month period, three moral failures.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 16, 2013 |
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Am I Reformed?

Got your attention with the title, didn’t I? At least, the attention of a number of you who consider it a hot topic.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 13, 2013 |
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Six People

Barbara Streisand was recently asked “the question.” You know it. It’s been around for ages: “If you could invite anyone, past or present, what six people would you invite for dinner?” Who would you pick?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 09, 2013 |
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When They Were Small

Taking some time to reflect on my children...when they were small.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 06, 2013 |
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The Reason Behind a Day of Reason

Today has been traditionally set aside as the National Day of Prayer. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, recently named to be the next Transportation Secretary by President Obama, has instead declared today to be “A Day of Reason” for his home city.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 02, 2013 |
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Of Food and Feeding

While pastors are charged to teach and lead, that is not where discipleship and challenge is meant solely to reside. The nature of healthy, biblical community – as painted in the New Testament – comes through the "one-anothers."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 29, 2013 |
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