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Pastors Blog Posts

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 confirms the worst about prosperity gospel messaging, but it 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 26, 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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Biting into Reality

One of the most important disciplines as a leader is to look the facts in the eye. To own the reality of your situation. Even when it bites.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 14, 2014 |
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When God Doesn't Make Sense

If your God always does what you want, he’s probably not the God of the Bible.

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard |
  • August 12, 2014 |
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Paving Paradise

A church, one that really was God’s, dripping with grace toward His sin-soaked children, wouldn’t be just a parking lot.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 11, 2014 |
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Read When Discouraged

This is a simple post. When you are discouraged, remember these seven words: There is a God on the loose.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 07, 2014 |
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In Google We Trust

Is Google our new “God? ” It’s a question I raised in my book, The Church in an Age of Crisis. But I wasn’t the first to raise it.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 04, 2014 |
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The Need for Church Bookstores

With the rise of e-books and self-publishing and the demise of bookstores and back catalogs, the need for Christian bookstores that are well-stocked with vetted titles is staggering.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 31, 2014 |
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Confusing Evangelism and Discipleship

The caricature is so tired it’s wearisome to even bring it up, but it’s so prevalent, we must: “If you emphasize evangelism, you must not be doing discipleship.” This is such a patently ridiculous idea it’s almost not worth spending energy to dismiss.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 28, 2014 |
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38 Ways to Give Thanks in Hard Times

If we know the Lord, we can still give thanks even when life makes no sense.

Good Loving Gone Bad (The New Cultural Apologetic)

There is a new cultural apologetic that is fast becoming the go-to argument to ensure affirmation and approval of previously immoral activities. And it is an argument taken straight from the Bible: Love.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 24, 2014 |
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A Vision for the Arts

There is a sense where the church used to be the patron of the arts. But somewhere along the line we kind of got screwed up and we began to give the arts back to the world.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 21, 2014 |
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2 Things We Will Find Out in Heaven

One of the inescapable realities of prayer is that most of the things we pray for, we will never know whether or how they were answered.

Freefalling

Soon after gay marriage began its victory lap through the courts, cases advocating polygamy – using virtually the same arguments that the courts had accepted for gay marriage – became legion. And yes, now comes the wave to accept pedophilia.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • July 17, 2014 |
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