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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 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.

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  • 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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The Secular Boom

Something very specific took place during the decade of the 90s, that we are only now truly learning about.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 25, 2013 |
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Needed: Mere Christians

Mere Christianity is not a reduction of orthodoxy, but the distillation of Christianity so that it is fermented to its fullest potency.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 22, 2013 |
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The Answer is Evil (2013)

I am heartbroken for the families, furious at the evil, and more resolved than ever to give my life to Christ's mission.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 18, 2013 |
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Thirty Barriers to Growth

If a church isn’t growing, what is keeping it from fulfilling its full redemptive potential?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 15, 2013 |
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Parents, Sports and Church

I am about to enter into a volatile subject. Not abortion or same-sex marriage. I want to talk about parents, sports and the church.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 11, 2013 |
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Heresy Creep

There is a growing phenomenon in many churches – particularly large, fast-growing evangelical churches - that can only be called “heresy creep.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 08, 2013 |
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Matt Lauer and Tall Poppies

The last few weeks, Matt Lauer has been mercilessly roasted with calls for his replacement. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 04, 2013 |
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The Monday After Easter (2013)

This is a blog with a very specific audience. I know it may exclude some of you, but it may be healthy for you to eavesdrop.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 01, 2013 |
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"Good" Friday (2013)

The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was -- and is -- part of the "good" declared by God at creation. And it was a good for us.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 28, 2013 |
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Screwtape on Easter (2013)

It was from the imagination of C.S. Lewis that we were first exposed to a devil’s diabolical advice for the capturing of the human heart through the fictional correspondence between a senior devil, Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood. Here is a freshly imagined correspondence, just intercepted, of course, related to Easter.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 25, 2013 |
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Holy Week... So What? (2013)

It’s a fair question. In our culture, the significance of sacred days and times has long been forgotten. We live our lives on the surface of frenetic activity, seldom adding depth to any given moment.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 21, 2013 |
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Bone Structure

One thing I told them then, and would tell them now, is to not overlook the chance to design your church's structure.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 18, 2013 |
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Spring Break from Disney

Former Disney star Ashley Benson is busy promoting a racy R-rated film, "Spring Breakers," which features (among other things) a threesome scene. And if that's not bad enough, it's being promoted via a cover story in Seventeen Magazine, a magazine which has openly shared that they target girls as young as 12.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 14, 2013 |
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