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8 Things Contentment Opposes

Jeremiah Burrough’s The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment is one of the most important and personally-impactful Puritan works I’ve ever read. Let me give you just a taste of what Burroughs has to say about contentment.

The 'R' Word

The ultimate obscenity, the most profane word in the English vocabulary, the one personal epithet that cannot be hurled, is the “R” word. "Responsible."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 21, 2012 |
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The South Sees Manners Decline: So What?

What’s happened to good manners in the South? The New York Times reported that while good manners have always been part of a Southerner’s identity in some sense, they are no longer a priority.

'Remain at Your Posts and Do Your Duty'

On Saturday, April 21, Charles Wendell Colson died. On Wednesday of this week, I attended his memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 17, 2012 |
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What Preoccupation with Spiritual Growth Produces

Personal development is certainly not wrong, but it is misleading—and it can be very disappointing—to make it our preeminent goal.

What Maurice Sendak Can Teach the Church

Maurice Sendak, who just died, doesn’t seem, at first glance, to have much to teach Christians. But this atheist with a cynical outlook and a foul mouth saw something of the fallen glory of the universe we followers of Jesus sometimes ignore.

Four Reasons People Backslide

One of the more interesting sections of dialog in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress has Christian and Hopeful discussing the danger of backsliding, of falling away from what had the appearance of spiritual life and growth.

The 'No' and 'Yes' to Culture Wars

Our goal is to remove every barrier that exists between such persons and their acceptance of the scandal of the cross … except the scandal of the cross!

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 14, 2012 |
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Why'd They Go and Do That?

Why does the current administration seem to feel the need to attack religion?

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

It’s been a breathtaking week on the culture front in relation to homosexuality.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 10, 2012 |
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200-Proof Grace

Are you busy mixing or do you drink grace straight? Are you always in a spiritual hurry or is your soul free to rest and raise a glass?

Going Off the Rails

As believers, when we abandon the order of Scripture then we embrace the chaos of life. And nothing good ever comes from that.

Is Your Gospel Big Enough?

Is my gospel big enough to account for a man who three times denied that he knew the Lord? Is it big enough to account for a man who spent all of those years with Jesus, only to desert him in the end? Is it big enough to allow a man like this to be a leader in the church?

Selling to Those Who Don't Care

It’s amazing the degree to which outreach strategies rest on a single, and deeply flawed, premise: That people want what you have to offer.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 07, 2012 |
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The Tabernacle and the Mosque

The headline is simple, but profound: “Mainline Protestants and Catholics who dominated the 20th century are literally losing ground to the rapid rise of Mormons and, increasingly, Muslims.” (RCMS Study)

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 03, 2012 |
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"I Struggle With Assurance of Salvation”

If Jesus has done enough to accomplish salvation for us, are we satisfied with him?

News for the Non-Newspapered

Designing and marketing a newspaper to people who demonstrate no interest in reading the existing newspaper presents a challenge.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • April 30, 2012 |
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The Good Shepherd, Fences, and Other Sheep

This morning's word from Pastor Bob, featuring floods, soggy sheep, and a hero in waders

T. D. Jakes on Homosexuality

The preacher isn’t called to give his opinion on anything. He is called to say what God says.

If You Can't Take the Heat...

Some days you're in the fire. And you’re pretty sure you don’t see Shadrach, Meshach or Abednego walking around in your midst.

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