Dr. James Emery White

Dr. James Emery White

It’s a TikTok World

The most popular site in 2021 was not Google, Amazon, Facebook nor YouTube. It was TikTok. There are two dynamics fueling the popularity of TikTok’s content: It is short, and it is visual. I talked about the importance of both dynamics in my book Meet Generation Z.

Add Pastors to the Great Resignation

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, more Americans left their job in April 2021 than in any other month on record. That record was then broken in July 2021, which was then broken in August. And then it was broken again in September. This is what is being called the “Great Resignation.”

This Is Your Brain on Porn

A survey from the U.K.’s The Times finds that pornography is leading to sex where women getting hurt is the new normal, specifically the causing of pain and humiliation. Young girls face a crisis of online sexual violence, with unsolicited sexual images becoming “dangerously normalized.”

Call Me a Simp

There’s a new word being thrown around as slang. Men who are “too nice” to women are called “simps.” It comes from the word simpleton. Initially it was used to mock men who pandered to women in order to sleep with them. Now, it’s used of any man who treats a woman with kindness and respect.

Nones Just Keep Rising

In 2021, the percentage of Americans who self-designated as atheist, agnostic or of no particular faith rose to 29% of all U.S. adults. That is nearly one out of every three adults, up 10 percentage points from when surveyed in 2011. The same survey found that the number of professing Christians dropped from 75% in 2011 to 63% in 2021.

15 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Church

The top resolutions, for most people, tend to revolve around the same three poles: money, health, and family. But what would a set of New Year’s resolutions look like for you and your church, your role as a leader, or simply as someone who wants to live a life of strategic Kingdom investment?

The Year 2021 in Review

This is the time to recap the year that was. And what a year it was. But how do you really get a 12-month snapshot of a culture’s zeitgeist? I would argue for two words: Google searches.

Best Toys Ever (2021)

Wired magazine once ran an article on the five best toys ever. Wired is one of the most innovative, bleeding-edge publications you can read to learn about all things technological. Which is why, at first, the list surprised me, but then I realized their angle and couldn’t help but appreciate their wisdom.

The Real Christmas Carol (2021)

Most people have seen one or more versions of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol." Hands down, it is among my favorite Christmas tales: the story of Ebenezer Scrooge having his conscience reawakened through the apparition of his former partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

Giving to Christ at Christmas (2021)

What is the most important thing you can do this Christmas? There’s a long list to consider, to be sure. Let’s bracket off honoring the birth of Christ by watching or attending a church service or experience to celebrate the event, as this should be a given. What else is there to consider? For many years, I’ve felt that the single-most important act of the holidays is to give to Christ at Christmas.
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