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Mad Men and the Judgment of God

In a media-driven era, it is easy for us to think of our lives as a series of separate episodes, each compartmentalized from the other. But this isn’t unique to us. The Christian story tells us that, from the very beginning, the curse of sin holds people in an illusion that actions don’t have consequences precisely because those consequences aren’t immediate.

"It's Friday"

There is a seemingly inconsequential ripple in the current of pop culture: the new democratization of media, giving anyone and everyone access to the mass market.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 11, 2011 |
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Loving God in the Pub

I love England. I love the history. I love the English accent. And lest there be any doubt, I love the pubs.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 07, 2011 |
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Tempted and Tried (video interview)

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Justin Taylor to talk about Tempted and Tried. You can watch the video of our discussion, here.

Becoming a Lovemark

The respect-love conundrum is worth exploring.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 04, 2011 |
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The Cross and the Jukebox Podcast -- "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

How is a Christian view of love, jealousy, and the relationship of love and death seen through the lens of this classic song by George Jones?

What Subway Can Teach the Church

“We’re continually looking at just about any opportunity for someone to buy a sandwich, wherever that might be,” says Don Fertman, Subway’s Chief Development Officer. ”The closer we can get to the customer, the better.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 28, 2011 |
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A Musical Window into Our World

If music provides a window into our world or, even more, itself influences and shapes culture, have you been listening to the radio lately?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 24, 2011 |
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Blood Songs with Alan and Mahalia Jackson

Why is it that people, even those who don’t know Christ, often want to hear blood in their gospel?

Why Is Hell Forever?

In "Love Wins," Rob Bell attempts to redefine the Christian doctrine of hell. One of his questions weighs particularly heavily. Why, if there is a hell, is it forever?

Getting Attention vs. Gaining Traction

One of the more common mistakes I see among church leaders, and particularly church planters, is confusing getting attention with gaining traction.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 17, 2011 |
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The Blood-Drained Gospel of Rob Bell

“There’s nothing wrong with talking and singing about how the ‘Blood will never lose its power’ and ‘Nothing but the blood will save us,’” Bell writes. “Those are powerful metaphors. But we don’t live any longer in a culture in which people offer animal sacrifices to the gods.

The People’s Voice

Celebrating its fifth birthday this month, it’s time to state the obvious: with 190 million people using the micro-blogging website, sending 65 million messages of 140 characters or fewer around the world each day, Twitter has become the people’s voice.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 14, 2011 |
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“Two People Fell in Love”

No matter how random an event may seem, God’s providence and all the little details are part of a big story.

Coffee Talk: A Pastor Friend and I Discuss Universalism, Hell, Reviews of Rob Bell

"I have no problem if God, in His wisdom, saves people who never heard or knew His name. And, God wouldn't care if I did have a problem with it. If He chooses that I look like a tool for defending the exclusivity of Jesus based on what I read in His Bible, so be it. But, from what I read, there is no other way." ~Jay Sampson

Four Prescriptions for Community

How will Satan attack your church? Does he have a primary strategy, one that seldom fails?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 10, 2011 |
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God, Freedom, and “The Adjustment Bureau”

We’ve seen this movie before. Why does the idea of constricted freedom, of living in an illusory universe, seem to grip the artistic imagination these days?

Mardi Gras Culture in Bible Belt America

Today, I plan to eat King Cake, and I’ll listen to the festive music of my homefolk. But I will also pray for my kids, and for myself, to follow a Christ who refuses to... (Read more)

Mardi Gras Culture in Bible Belt America

Today, I plan to eat King Cake, and I’ll listen to the festive music of my homefolk. But I will also pray for my kids, and for myself, to follow a Christ who refuses to... (Read more)

Why History Matters

Understanding our day demands understanding the day before.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • March 07, 2011 |
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