The Church & Culture Team would like to thank you for your support of the Church & Culture Blog this past year. You were out there sharing, liking and responding like never before. We thought you'd enjoy seeing (and maybe even rereading) the top ten blog posts from 2020:
"People in other countries are genuinely dumbfounded by our 'mask' divide. To have something as basic as wearing a mask in the midst of the pandemic in order to control its spread become a partisan issue is confusing to many Americans as well."
"Please hear me. This is not about politics. It is not about whether you plan to vote for Trump or Biden. It is about the way a set of ideas and sentiments are infiltrating the minds of those who claim to follow Christ, even when those ideas do not reflect the mind of Christ."
"Rather than focusing on all that isn’t going our way, all that we don’t like, all that we wish was different... maybe we should focus on all that this could allow God to do in us [and] all that God wants to do through us."
"The heart of the transgender argument is that sex and gender are two separate concepts. Sex is biological, gender is cultural. This suggests that gender is distinct from the nature of sexuality. Sex is the role we take on as opposed to the nature of our being."
"If you had told me... that these five changes would... take hold of the global church in a matter of days, if not hours, I would have assumed that it could only be the work and power of the Holy Spirit; that a true and historic spiritual awakening must be taking place."
"There will be no going back to a pre-pandemic church. This is because those who were reached during the pandemic and those we hope to reach when it’s over will demand something different."
"I know. You still want to reopen and gather together. So do I. Yet as one of the larger churches we will be among the last to open our doors to weekend mass-gathering events.... For now... we must remember that one of the fruits of the Spirit is patience."
"VUCA is an acronym for: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.... But it is important to understand that these four VUCA situations call for four VUCA responses: Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility."
"Every era has its challenges. It isn’t about the specifics of our day – whether that be the atomic bomb, medieval plagues or the threat of Viking invasions – but about how to live with threats in general."
"I say 'shadow' because most would condemn racism and deny being racist themselves. In fact, most would say they don’t have a racist bone in their body. But what if it’s not about bones? What if it’s about succumbing to racist ideas, feelings, reactions and choices?"
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James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His forthcoming book After “I Believe” is now available for preorder on Amazon. To enjoy a free subscription to the Church & Culture blog, visit ChurchAndCulture.org, where you can view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JamesEmeryWhite.