Dr. James Emery White

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Dr. James Emery White

Four Thoughts on Relevant, Biblical Preaching

A recent Gallup survey explored the major reasons Americans gave for attending church. Headline? Three out of every four choosing to attend church do so because of the message. So what is involved in relevant, biblical teaching?

Assault on St. Catherine's

You may wonder how St. Catherine’s has survived with all of its treasures, particularly as a Christian stronghold in the midst of the heart of Islam. Thank Mohammed himself. The monastery is protected by the “Patent of Mohammed,” which Mohammed granted to the monks in 623 giving it rights and privileges in perpetuity. This is why I was so concerned to learn of an attack last week by a group of gunmen on a checkpoint on the road near St. Catherine’s.

Five Church Outreach Shifts That Any Church Can Make

With culture in such a rapid state of flux, with the dominant headline being the increasingly post-Christian nature of our world, many churches are uncertain how best to respond in terms of outreach. So here are five outreach shifts that almost every church should be able to make – regardless of style or structure, tradition or denomination – that will help situate your church toward greater effectiveness at reaching the unchurched.

The Monday after Easter (2017)

This is a blog with a very specific audience. I know it may exclude some of you, but it may be healthy for you to eavesdrop. This is for all the church planters and their volunteers on post-Easter Monday, struggling to make it from week-to-week, and for the leaders and members of established churches that are anything but “mega” – well below the 200 threshold in terms of average attendance. I don’t know how Easter Sunday went for you, but I have a hunch.

"Good" Friday (2017)

The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was – and is – part of the “good” declared by God at creation. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31, NIV). The fall was not good; sin, disobedience and suffering are not good. But God’s purpose in creation and the redemptive drama that ensued were – and are – good.

It's Not About Goldilocks

There was an interesting study on the effect of screen time for teens, testing the “Goldilocks theory” of exposure to screen time for teens. The question was whether exposure to screen time was like smoking (always bad) or like eating – it depends on whether you eat too much, too little, or just right.

A "Chick-fil-A" Kind of Church

The difference between going to Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s can be stark. After a recent visit to both, I remember turning to my wife to say: “It just doesn’t take that much to have good customer service. Why don’t other places do it like Chick-fil-A? It’s just not that hard to be nice and courteous and friendly.”

Followership

I was challenged by a recent series of articles and blogs on the tiredness of leadership conversations at the expense of the importance of followership conversations. The repeated point was that we don’t need another “Five Marks of Effective Leaders” talk or blog as much as we need the more overlooked “Five Marks of Effective Followers.”

The Meaning of Counter-Cultural

Culture is the comprehensive, penetrating context that encompasses our life and thought, art and speech, entertainment and sensibility, values and faith. It cannot be reduced to that which is simply economic or political, demographic or technological. So what does it mean to be counter-cultural?

To Single-Parent Moms

I teach a lot about families, parenting and, perhaps most of all, fathering. I believe deeply in the powerful and pivotal role of a husband and dad in relation to wives, moms and children. Maybe because involved and engaged dads are a dying breed. So where does that leave single-parent moms? They are the heroes.

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