Dr. James Emery White

Dr. James Emery White

Children and Gender Identity

Some are calling the sudden rise of dysphoria in teens – particularly young, female teens – a significant and real trend. Psychologists have termed it “Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria” (ROGD). Abigail Shrier likens it to a “contagion.” Research on ROGD among teens has found some interesting dynamics.

The Transgender Issue

I know that some of you reading this blog would consider yourself transgender. Others of you have members of your family who would self-identify as transgender.I want you to know three things: God loves you, God cares about you, and so do I.

A Theology of Gender

The ontology of sex. It’s one of the most important conversations our culture is currently engaging, as in, “What makes someone male or female?” Biological science would say that much of the nature of our sexual identities as male and female has to do with reproduction.

UFOs… Confirmed?

Stop the presses. We have an official UFO (unidentified flying object). Leaked footage of pyramid-shaped UFOs has been confirmed as real by the Pentagon. Actually, in truth, all the Pentagon said was that the images were real—the Pentagon isn’t ready to call them “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (the government’s official term for UFOs).

The Call for a Christian Mind

Never have the “habits of the mind” mattered more. As Winston Churchill presciently stated in his address to Harvard University in 1943, “The empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” The powers of the new world would not be nation-states, as with empires past, but ideologies. It would be ideas, not nations, that would captivate and conquer in the future. The starting point for the conquest of the world would become the human mind.

The Very False Dichotomy Between Evangelism and Discipleship

According to a recent Gallup survey, Americans’ membership in houses of worship has continued to decline to such a degree that last year it dropped below 50% for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999. As anyone in the social sciences will tell you, that precipitous of a drop is simply… jaw-dropping.

It’s Time for a SWOT Analysis

If you’ve spent any time in the marketplace, you know what a SWOT analysis is. It’s when you examine the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats a company faces in the effort to find and experience growth. Now is the time to know not only where you are coming from but what you must overcome in order to seize any and all opportunities that will arise in the months and years to come.

White Evangelical Resistance

According to multiple polls and surveys, there is one group that stands in the way of current vaccines achieving victory over COVID-19: White evangelical Christians. To hear that the problem of our day is any set of Christians, instead of hearing that they are the solution – the blessing, the answer, the heroes of our day – is troubling to me.

A Downwardly Trending Metric for Almost All Churches

There’s been a lot of talk about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the effect that needed safety protocols and other measures have had on churches in relation to either having to close or to severely limit in-person attendance. And there is one metric I haven’t heard much talk about, and at Mecklenburg Community Church, it’s the only metric we track that went down.
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