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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.
Does It Matter Which Bible We Use?

The Old Testament was written in the language of its writers, which was Hebrew, and the New Testament was written in the language of its writers -- or at least the dominant language of commerce and culture -- which was Greek. The Bibles we read are translations of those languages into the English language. So does it matter which Bible we use?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 24, 2013 |
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'Being' Discipled

It’s a common phrase in Christian circles. We talk of "discipling" someone, "being" discipled, or going where there is a strong emphasis on discipleship. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 22, 2013 |
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Mind the Gap

If you have ever been to London, you are familiar with the "tube," London’s expansive underground transport system. Once there, a constant refrain -- over loudspeakers and on signs -- is "Mind the Gap." There are, of course, many "gaps" to be mindful of.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 17, 2013 |
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A Culture That Cheats

As people are exposed to more dishonesty around them, and if it seems "everyone" is doing it, then cheating becomes even more pervasive and socially acceptable.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 14, 2013 |
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When People Leave Your Church... and It's Okay

When is it okay for a member or attender of your church to leave? First, let’s state the obvious. It’s never just "okay."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 10, 2013 |
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Culture Keepers

The idea of culture "keepers" is significant. There are aspects of culture – a nation’s culture, a church’s culture, a family’s culture – that must be "kept."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 07, 2013 |
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When to Make a Change

I wonder if we know when to make a change. Yes, we know what we want to change, and when we have windows of opportunity, but that is different than knowing when it is time to change no matter what the cost.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 03, 2013 |
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The World in 2030

It’s that time of year again; time to look back at the year that was, and look forward to the year ahead.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 31, 2012 |
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Best Toys Ever 2012

In a complex, "always on" world, perhaps what we need to remember is that we need to intentionally unplug every now and then.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 24, 2012 |
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The Real Christmas Carol

When you study the era that Dickens wrote about when he published A Christmas Carol in 1843, you realize that it was dark and evil. And that the Scrooge character was not the buffoonish, almost cartoon-like character some of the movies made him out to be.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 20, 2012 |
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The Answer is Evil

A teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., reflecting on the carnage and tragedy of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, asked the question for the world: “Who would do this to our poor little babies?”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 15, 2012 |
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The Church of Oprah-Wan Kenobi

Oprah is more than a celebrity. She is even more than a brand, or a business. She has become a shaping cultural force.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 13, 2012 |
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Yes, Virginia, There Is

An editorial appeared in the September 21, 1897, edition of The New York Sun titled "Is There a Santa Claus?" It was a reply to a query sent by an 8-year-old girl named Virginia. She asked her father if there was a Santa Claus, and he suggested she write to The Sun and ask, telling her, "If you see it in The Sun, it’s so."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 10, 2012 |
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The Mayan Apocalypse

The Mayan apocalypse -- predicted for December 21 -- is looming large. How are we to think Christianly about this?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 06, 2012 |
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Ralphie vs. George

An intriguing editorial in TIME magazine noted how "A Christmas Story" had become the quintessential American film for Christmas, replacing "It’s a Wonderful Life."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 03, 2012 |
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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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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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