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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.
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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Biggest Questions Facing Science

I was struck recently by a news feature on National Public Radio (NPR), based on an article in The Guardian, regarding the most challenging questions facing science. In other words, the biggest questions scientists are struggling to answer.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 16, 2013 |
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My First Big Leadership Lesson

Sometimes the most important lessons in leadership come from knowing what NOT to do.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 12, 2013 |
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When is War 'Just'?

Thinking, biblical Christians can certainly disagree about Syria. And do. But the foundational consideration is whether war is ever just for those who are called by Scripture to be peacemakers.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 09, 2013 |
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Renaming a Church

I’ve noticed a growing trend, at least in my own city, of churches renaming themselves in an apparent effort to invigorate a plateaued or even declining situation.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 05, 2013 |
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A Pastor's Hide

A recent study conducted by Duke University revealed: “Clergy More Likely to Suffer from Depression, Anxiety.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 02, 2013 |
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Avoiding the Microsoft Mistake

Microsoft is still a rich company. And a huge company. And a well-run company. It’s just becoming an increasingly irrelevant company.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 29, 2013 |
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The Real College Prep

According to recent studies, almost half of all American college students will abandon their Christian faith during their undergraduate years. Far too many students enter college without a firm worldview in place, much less awareness of the basics of Christian apologetics.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 26, 2013 |
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The Elephant in the...Mind

We often talk about the “elephant in the room,” the big issue or obvious topic that screams out to be addressed (and often isn’t). Perhaps we should start with the elephant in our mind.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 22, 2013 |
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Are the Religious Less Intelligent?

A new study claims that religious people are less intelligent than atheists. Even the legendarily left-leaning Huffington Post called it "provocative."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 19, 2013 |
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The Real Loss of Childhood

Two articles recently caught my attention. Both charted different, seemingly benign, ways that the nature of childhood is changing.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 15, 2013 |
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Propaganda 101

For most of us, we see or hear “propaganda” and instantly think of it in negative terms. In truth, it simply means attempting to “propagate” an idea, hence the term. As a result, it can be used to incite war or fight disease, foster unity or stir discrimination.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 12, 2013 |
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I Hate It When I'm Right

The one thing many of us warned about in relation to gay marriage, and those who disagreed said, “You’re being ridiculous,” well…it’s happening.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 08, 2013 |
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Twenty Reasons Why Your Church May Not Be Growing

I have a conviction. Disagree with it if you want, but I believe it to the core of my being. God wants churches to grow.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 05, 2013 |
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Mistakers in the Hands of an Absentee God

Lately, we don’t even want to call a sin a mistake. We want to turn everything we do into a virtue. So lust becomes “sensuality,” and anger just means being honest with your emotions.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 01, 2013 |
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The Decisive Nature of Children's Ministry

No matter how good you design a church service to be, if the children's ministry is bad, people won't come back - unless they're folks without kids.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 29, 2013 |
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The Church of All Religions

Few currents have shaped the mindset of our modern world more than pluralization.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 25, 2013 |
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