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Let’s Rethink Our Holly-Jolly Christmas Songs

In a time of obvious tragedy, the unbearable lightness of Christmas seems absurd to the watching world.

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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Is the Culture at War with Christmas?

They know something about “Silent Night,” just as they know something about “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” What they don’t recognize is the cosmos-shifting mystery of Immanuel as God with Us.

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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Death and Life and Your Tongue

While bloggers have rightly been criticized for being too negative at times, blog commenters can be equally ruthless. I’d like to address this briefly today in the hope that I can help us all think well about how we interact online.

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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The Essential: Revelation

Revelation refers to the revealing of something that was previously unknown. In the case of theology, revelation refers to the revealing of the knowledge of God’s character and ways.

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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Inoculated with Faith/Hope/Love

The theological virtues are superior inoculations against whatever goes on around us, the very infusions that make possible a mission of bringing joy, mercy and laughter into the world, that elevate 'I can endure all things' above a mere platitude.

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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Christians, Let's Honor the President

How should Christians respond to our once and future president?

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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