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Pastors Blog Posts

The Six Faces of Sloth

We don’t hear about sloth much these days, but it’s a good word, one we ought to get reacquainted with, because it holds a major key to life-change through the power of God.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 29, 2014 |
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Religion, Politics...and a Christian Mind

Just hearing the two words, “religion” and “politics,” and the blood pressure rises, doesn’t it? All the more reason to be surprised by a recent Pew Research Center study finding that an increasing number of people actually wish there was more religion in politics. Research points to a “growing appetite” for such things as church-endorsed candidates and other church-state intersections.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 25, 2014 |
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Whatever Became of Church? (Part Three)

Beyond being one, holy, catholic and apostolic, local churches were entities that had definition and form, structure and purpose. They were not simply doing "community" in the broadest of senses, much less simply pursuing ministry.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 24, 2014 |
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What to Do When Your Church Changes

What do you do when your church changes? Grow with it.

Choices

We make our choices and our choices turn around and make us.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 18, 2014 |
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Whatever Became of Church? (Part Two)

The word “parachurch” is built off of two words: “para,” which means “alongside of” and, of course, the word “church.” As conceived, the parachurch is meant to serve “alongside” the church - not in place of the church or in competition with the church.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 18, 2014 |
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Whatever Became of Church? (Part One)

With jaw-dropping vigor, ignorance, and at times unblushing gall, increasing sectors of the evangelical world are abandoning two thousand years of ecclesiology; as if the church was some malleable human construct that can be shaped, altered, redefined or even disposed of as desired.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 15, 2014 |
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The Class of 2018

Every fall, since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a list of “cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students” entering colleges and universities in the fall.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 11, 2014 |
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The People Meck Needs

I’ve been very open (and often very loud) in sharing that the mission of Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) is not about transfer growth. But there is one type of person we long for and who I, personally, pray for.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 08, 2014 |
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Abortion, Liberals, Cartoonists and Me

The single case where liberals can be depended on to abandon the weakest and littlest has to do with abortion.

Books for New Christians

Someone wrote in to ChurchandCulture.org recently, to ask which books were most pivotal to me when I became a new Christian. It was forwarded to me with the note, “Might make a good blog.” I agreed.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 04, 2014 |
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The Just Shall Live by Faith

This is the text that changed the world.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • September 02, 2014 |
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Your Pastor and Public Messes

Let’s be clear: as pastors, we’re not supposed to be leading in a way that creates a public mess. The Bible lays out certain qualifications for church leaders, most notably that they have demonstrated capable leadership of their own family.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • September 01, 2014 |
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Victoria Osteen and Our Conservative Prosperity Gospel

The infamous video might also lead us to examine our own subtle half-gospels.

Meet Generation Z

I’d like to introduce you to Generation Z. Because we need to drop everything and start paying attention to Generation Z, who now constitute 25.9% of the U.S. population.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 28, 2014 |
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Questions for God

Your plan and God's plan are rarely the same.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • August 27, 2014 |
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Don't Break the Chain

Jerry Seinfeld gave me a good idea.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • August 25, 2014 |
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Defending Against Satan's Greatest Attack

Where will Satan most likely attack your church? That’s easy. Your community.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 25, 2014 |
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"There's No Off in This Season: Team Sports Are Taking Over Kid's Lives"

James Emery White was interviewed as part of an article that ran this past Sunday in The New York Times that was built off of a blog he wrote on the interplay of sports, faith and culture. Instead of his usual blog posting, we thought you might enjoy reading it.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 21, 2014 |
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Leadership and Social Media

There is a lot of advice out there for the use of social media that usually falls into two categories. But if you are part of a church’s leadership team, whether staff or volunteer, there’s more to add to the mix that isn’t being talked about very much.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 18, 2014 |
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