Dr. James Emery White

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Dr. James Emery White

Militant Islam

This past week, a high-profile White House meeting with the title “Countering Violent Extremism” went out of its way to avoid labeling acts of brutal violence by Al Qaeda, ISIS (the so-called Islamic State), and their allies as “Muslim” terrorism or describing their ideology as “Islamic” or “jihadist.”

An Irrelevant Church

Rob Bell, former pastor and now host of the “Rob Bell Show” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television network, is now maintaining that a church that doesn’t support same-sex marriage is irrelevant. Sometimes I don’t know where to begin. But I’ll give it a try.

"Not a Very PC Thing to Say"

Every now and then an essay breaks out and becomes the fodder for much conversation. Such was the recent musings of Jonathan Chait in an essay for New York Magazine titled "Not a Very PC Thing to Say."

Metrics that Matter

If you’re like me, numbers are maddening, particularly when it comes to the church. One reason is simple: how do you gauge how a church is doing in a quantitative, much less qualitative, way? Can you chart pastoral care, or community, or spirituality?

A Theology for <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>

Millions will mark this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking in the new release of "Fifty Shades of Grey," a modern-day publishing phenomenon that became the basis for the highly anticipated movie adaptation. Sex is a good thing, and a God-thing. But not the fallen kind. Not the "Fifty Shades of Grey" distortion.

God in the Dock…Again

Once again someone has taken a shot at God’s character in an attempt to disprove His existence, and once again in so doing they have completely misjudged (by misreading) history. Or more accurately, “His-Story.”

The Death of Common Sense

A church’s structure is often wedded to some of the most deeply rooted customs within the life of a church. Yet a church’s structure is crucial when it comes to rethinking the church because it is a church’s structure that supports and facilitates the purposes and mission of a church.

Cultural Sniper

Few films have stormed the box office – and surprised the pundits in the process of doing so – more than Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper.” And in case you haven’t picked up on it, we are talking about this movie.

Principles vs. Practices

One of the most glaring divides in the life of many churches is the divide between principles and practices. A principle is an understanding about how to do things; a fundamental truth about the way things ought to be. A practice, of course, is what you actually do – and ideally, as a result of a guiding principle.

Does God Look Good On You?

God should look good on us to others. God looked good on Jesus. I’ve always marveled at how Jesus could proclaim absolute truth without compromise to those far from God, and then have those very people invite him to their parties.

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