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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.
Five Essential Questions

Few have thought more strategically about organizational dynamics than the late Peter Drucker. Toward the end of his life, this turned increasingly toward the non-profit organization.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 29, 2012 |
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24 Mistakes of Misplaced Missional Energy

Who wants to major on the minors? Actually, I know. Most leaders do. It’s the same kind of person who analyzes any number of other people, places or things for mistakes.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 26, 2012 |
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Thankful for the Fleas (2012)

The barracks where Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsy were kept in the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbruck were terribly overcrowded and flea-infested. They had been able to miraculously smuggle a Bible into the camp, and in that Bible they had read that in all things they were to give thanks, and that God can use anything for good.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 22, 2012 |
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Cultural vs. Universal: Basic Biblical Interpretation for a Skeptical Culture, Part 2

There are two principal concerns brought against Scripture in the secular marketplace of ideas. Forget whether it’s true or not, that’s not the biggest issue in their minds.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 19, 2012 |
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An Eye for an Eye: Basic Biblical Interpretation for a Skeptical Culture, Part 1

One of the most common cultural objections to the Bible, and specifically to ethical stands based on the Bible’s teachings, is the Old Testament.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 15, 2012 |
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The 2012 Tipping Point

What, exactly, happened on November 6, 2012? It’s simple. We witnessed the results of a cultural tipping point.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 12, 2012 |
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Three Attacks of the Modern World

As gunpowder-firing cannonballs ended the age of castles, so the volleys of modern thought have decimated the fortress of faith. Of particular damage were those lofted by Copernicus, Darwin and Freud.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 08, 2012 |
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Opening the Front Door -- Revisited

During a question/answer session at a recent conference, I was asked, "What are the three things most important to having an effective and open ‘front door’ to the church?"

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 05, 2012 |
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God and Sandy

It has been deemed the most destructive storm, hitting the most densely populated areas of our country, in decades. So where was God?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 01, 2012 |
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The Virgin Vote

The Obama campaign placed an ad on its website titled “Lena Dunham: Your First Time.” Talking directly to the camera, she likens voting for Barack Obama to losing your virginity.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 29, 2012 |
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Appreciating Your Pastor

Pastor Appreciation Month does give me the opportunity to say a few things about how to appreciate your pastor in a way that will be meaningful for them. And it doesn’t involve what you might think. Most aren’t hoping to be invited over for a dinner, or having their picture put up in a hallway with candles lit on either side in memoriam.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 25, 2012 |
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Future Shock

I was recently asked four compelling questions by Outreach magazine related to the future of the church. They were specific, and as a result, forced me to galvanize quite a bit of "wide" thinking into a concise format.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 22, 2012 |
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Films for Thought

We have witnessed a cultural revolution over the last 20 years. We have moved, rather decisively, to a visually-based world. The most formative influences are not books, theater, or even music. They are films.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 18, 2012 |
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Meet the Nones

Now that the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has documented the "nones" are the fastest-growing and now second-largest religious constituency in the United States, constituting one of every five Americans, who are they?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 15, 2012 |
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The Rise of the Nones and the Waking of the Ents

There is a desperately needed wake-up call that American Christianity needs. A wake-up call to shake us from the trivial and divisive, the mundane and the meaningless, the inane and the banal.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 11, 2012 |
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Grace and Truth

It’s common to find people and groups separating grace and truth, but it’s quite clear that Jesus came bringing both. In fact, keeping them together is one of the more important exercises for Christian life and thought. As Henry Cloud has written, truth without grace is just judgment. Conversely, grace without truth is license.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 08, 2012 |
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Five Reflections on Twenty Years

Twenty years ago I planted a church called Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Besides becoming a Christ-follower, and then marrying my wife and being graced with four incredible children, it has proven to be the defining act of my life.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 04, 2012 |
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'Freedom of' or 'Freedom from'?

What is now upon us is the sense that our constitution does not simply call for the freedom of religion, but the freedom from it. In other words, that we must sanitize any and all aspects of religion from public life.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 01, 2012 |
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The Top Ten Books

I'd like your help. Our new bookstore, The Grounds, asked me for the top ten books I would recommend that everyone read. Whether they are simply new to the faith, or just hungry to grow, what would those ten be?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 27, 2012 |
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Preparing for Jesus' Next Lover

Ancient manuscripts seem to be the sweet spot, a la Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code, for sensationalism. Anything "old" that surfaces that even hints at a variant account of the biblical materials is thrown into the news cycle with breathless drama.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 24, 2012 |
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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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