Dr. James Emery White

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Dr. James Emery White

How Culturally Literate Are You?

I’ve seldom met a church leader who didn’t think themselves up on culture. This despite the plethora of culturally outdated approaches to ministry littering the landscape like discarded 8 track tape players. So how about you?

After This, The Deluge

Like many, I have been stunned by the rapidly changing moral landscape; the floodgates that have opened through our culture’s recent moral freefall from earlier understandings of right and wrong, particularly of a sexual nature. And not even of right and wrong, but the obliteration of even the most basic of sexual constraints.

Annual Mindset List (2015)

It’s that time of year again. Students returning to colleges across the nation, including a new freshman class. Which means the annual college freshman mindset list from Beloit College; always a cultural cornucopia full of illumination.

The Coddling of the American Mind

In a cover article in The Atlantic titled, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” authors Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt explore how in the name of “emotional well-being” college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like, and seeking punishment of those who give even accidental offense.

Happiness, or Having Children?

According to a new study published in the journal Demography, having a child is not just bad, but devastatingly bad. Yep, worse than divorce, unemployment or even the death of your partner.

8-Second Filters

According to the research of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to just 8.25 seconds in 2015. That’s around a 25% drop in just over a decade.

The Church Shave Club

Too many churches look at things from the inside. They think about what is easiest for them, best for them or makes sense for them. They don’t think about someone coming in from the outside, what is easiest, best and makes sense for them.

We Are They

There is a subtle idea, one that is among the most important tasks of leadership in the life of a pastor: highlighting personal responsibility.

The Responsibility of Knowledge

As important as a Christian mind is and the cultural commission inherent within it to engage the world accordingly, such pursuits are merely manifestations that flow from the ultimate goal of honoring God through a life lived in obedience to God.


One of the great expectations is that everyone will like you, and if they don’t, they should. When this does not reflect reality, many pastors just redouble their efforts to please as many people as possible. Why?

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