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Church Metrics

I am about to go where angels fear to tread. Yep, church numbers.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 27, 2012 |
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2nd Generation Christians: A Conversation with Dan Darling

Last month, I posted the interview Dan did with me for his book. Today, we’re talking about the particular challenges faced by second generation Christians.

Marriage Under Fire

There’s an old line that goes, "It’s like saying you want to marry someone, but still date around." Who would think of marrying someone, and then act as if it was okay to date? It was an easy point to get. Not anymore.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 23, 2012 |
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The Echo Chamber of Leadership

What may have hurt Todd Akin's candidacy also hurts Christian leadership, at times.

5 Things Love Isn't

Before we figure out what love is, maybe we should learn what it isn't.

Good News for Bad Preachers

Great preachers are the ones who preach really bad sermons. The difference is that they preach really bad sermons when they’re young, and are sharpened for life by critique.

What Todd Akin Should Have Said About Abortion and Rape

Allowing abortion in the case of rape is not the way to express sympathy toward a victim of this crime. Abortion only destroys the life of another victim.

Questions to Ask, Pastor, Before Taking a Public Stand

Here are questions to ask, pastor, before you take a public stand on an issue that is facing your community.

Reaching Out to the Unchurched

I want to make sure that churches understand their models. And specifically, that if you want to be a church for the unchurched, you understand what that means.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 20, 2012 |
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Denominations Ought to Be More Like Family

I wish denominations were a little more like family. I wish we’d sit across the table more often from precious saints who don’t always see things the same way.

Pat Robertson vs. the Spirit of Adoption

f you want to see the gospel of Christ that has energized this church for two thousand years, turn off the television.

Our Snarky Selves

"Snarky" is a relatively new, mostly British slang adjective that means "critical," "cutting" or "testy." It can refer to a person, or mood. Or, in our case, a culture.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 16, 2012 |
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What is Your Thing?

Special passions, callings, and emphases are good, but when they get out of balance, they become dangerous to gospel proclamation

What's Wrong With a Boy Who Wears a Dress?

The latest edition of The New York Times Magazine features a cover photo of a young girl with long hair in a long, flowing pink dress decorated with flowers. Only it isn’t a girl. It’s a boy.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 13, 2012 |
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Is America a Christian Nation?

The National Association of Evangelicals recently polled its leadership as to whether they felt the United States was a Christian nation. The answer was overwhelming.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 09, 2012 |
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Dear Stay-At-Home Mom…

There are no perfect kids and no perfect mothers. No matter what you read in blogs, see in magazines, and learn in books. There are sinful kids and sinful moms and dads.

How Are You Hiding From God?

Almighty God desires simply to be known as the giver of the gift of absolute grace. To this we say “no”. Then the relationship is destroyed [by our 'morality'] just as surely as it is by our immorality.

  • Tullian Tchividjian |
  • August 08, 2012 |
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Chick-Fil-A and the Mosque

Whether its Chick-Fil-A or a mosque in Murfreesboro, I think religious freedom is a fight worth waging.

You’re a Skeptic? That’s Good

A “healthy” skepticism is simply an inquiring mind that demands sufficient evidence before it believes anything.

Church Hopping

A working definition: church hopping is going from one church to another without committing to any one church for any significant period of time (which makes it different than legitimate church "shopping").

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • August 06, 2012 |
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