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First Things First

College application essay prompts seem to want high-school seniors to have it all figured out. But then why go to college? Churches can make a similar mistake.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 07, 2013 |
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The Theory of Desirable Difficulty

As a pastor, I’m often confronted with the confusion and bewilderment surrounding why God might allow pain and suffering into a human life. This theory by Malcom Gladwell offers some insights into this.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 03, 2013 |
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Seven Characteristics of an Effective Church Structure

One of the least talked about, but absolutely crucial areas to explore, is church structure. How are decisions made? How is leadership allowed to function?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 30, 2013 |
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The Silence of God

The experience of the silence of God is real. Many of us have felt it. Times when we cry out to God, and there seems to be no answer. We pray, pouring out our hearts, only to hear the words echo back without a reply.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 26, 2013 |
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The Rise of the Paranormal

The supernatural has become big business in the U.K. in recent years, and it’s a similar story in the United States. It seems our interest in the paranormal knows few bounds.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 23, 2013 |
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Five Marks of Complacency

It’s clear to me that one of the most prevalent afflictions might be termed a church’s “culture of complacency.” Complacency has to do with self-satisfaction, a sense of contentment regarding the state of things.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 19, 2013 |
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Biggest Questions Facing Science

I was struck recently by a news feature on National Public Radio (NPR), based on an article in The Guardian, regarding the most challenging questions facing science. In other words, the biggest questions scientists are struggling to answer.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 16, 2013 |
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My First Big Leadership Lesson

Sometimes the most important lessons in leadership come from knowing what NOT to do.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 12, 2013 |
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When is War 'Just'?

Thinking, biblical Christians can certainly disagree about Syria. And do. But the foundational consideration is whether war is ever just for those who are called by Scripture to be peacemakers.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 09, 2013 |
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Renaming a Church

I’ve noticed a growing trend, at least in my own city, of churches renaming themselves in an apparent effort to invigorate a plateaued or even declining situation.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 05, 2013 |
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What Martin Luther King Can Teach Us About Preaching

In the Bible gospel preaching never left off with condemnation. That the gospel is really good news for us.

A Pastor's Hide

A recent study conducted by Duke University revealed: “Clergy More Likely to Suffer from Depression, Anxiety.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 02, 2013 |
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Avoiding the Microsoft Mistake

Microsoft is still a rich company. And a huge company. And a well-run company. It’s just becoming an increasingly irrelevant company.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 29, 2013 |
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The Pastor's Family

I admit it: I sometimes grow weary of hearing about all the challenges faced by pastors and pastors’ wives and pastors’ kids. Is a pastor’s vocation really so different from any other?

The Real College Prep

According to recent studies, almost half of all American college students will abandon their Christian faith during their undergraduate years. Far too many students enter college without a firm worldview in place, much less awareness of the basics of Christian apologetics.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 26, 2013 |
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When God Says To Get Drunk

Solomon asks, “Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?” We are called (commanded even) to a different kind of intoxication.

The Elephant in the...Mind

We often talk about the “elephant in the room,” the big issue or obvious topic that screams out to be addressed (and often isn’t). Perhaps we should start with the elephant in our mind.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 22, 2013 |
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What Pornography Will Cost the Church

What do we, as Christians, stand to lose if so many of our young men continue to spend their teens and twenties in the pursuit of pornographic pleasure?

Are the Religious Less Intelligent?

A new study claims that religious people are less intelligent than atheists. Even the legendarily left-leaning Huffington Post called it "provocative."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 19, 2013 |
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The Real Loss of Childhood

Two articles recently caught my attention. Both charted different, seemingly benign, ways that the nature of childhood is changing.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 15, 2013 |
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