Dr. James Emery White

Dr. James Emery White

3 Lessons from the Bankruptcy of Belk

Yes, there was a debt-laden buyout. Yes, there was a $135 million payout to its private-equity owner. Yes, there was a thing called a pandemic. But in an analysis of its seemingly swift and sudden decline, The Charlotte Observer detailed three other critically important dynamics that explain how the largest privately owned chain of department stores collapsed. And there is much the church can learn from all three.

We’re Sorry, Britney

In the New York Times documentary "Framing Britney Spears," now being aired on Hulu, you learn as much if not more about our culture as you do the often-tragic life of Ms. Spears. As USA Today reported, “Viewers saw a gifted female pop star brought to her knees by a sexist culture that never let her freely live.” She was expected to “look stunning but embody the girl next door, act sexy but remain a virgin, be articulate but never opinionated.”

40: God’s Number for Life Change

If you spend some time digging into studies of human behavior, you’ll find that 40-day periods have begun to surface all over the place. It’s as if human behavior – or at least our understanding of it – has finally caught up with the Bible in terms of the studies now being done.

The Really Bad Jesus Argument

You may have seen it in a tweet, brought up in a Facebook post, or simply heard it thrown out in a verbal exchange. Let’s call it the really bad Jesus argument. Here’s how it goes: Pick a contentious cultural topic like homoerotic behavior, and someone will say, “But Jesus never mentioned it.”

The Importance of Teaching Truth and Grace in Today's Churches

The first type of church is more concerned to stake out the teaching of the Christian faith in all of its counter-cultural glory, the other more concerned to be accepted by culture and to make sure those in that culture feel accepted. In other words, the first type of church swings heavily toward “truth,” the second type of church swings heavily toward “grace.” Neither swing is a good one, at least when it comes to reaching the unchurched.

Is Christian Nationalism True?

The idea of “chosenness” and “special blessing” from God has been a constant theme throughout the history of the United States, beginning with the Puritans and their desire that, in the words of John Winthrop in 1630, “wee shall be as a Citty upon a Hill.” So, are the ideas behind Christian nationalism true?

How Leaders Can Find Rest Amid Decision Fatigue

“Decision fatigue.” I hadn’t heard that phrase before, but it’s spot-on. And I don’t know of any leader of any kind – business, education, media – who hasn’t found themselves dealing with a fair bit of it. Speaking for myself, I’ve never before had to call so many “audibles” during a season of leadership in my life.

10 Ways to Really Be More Like Jesus

I recently came across a post from someone who is a bit of a protagonist when it comes to the Christian faith. It was titled something along the lines of "My New Year's Resolution Is to Be Like Jesus," and then on the list were things that were true of Jesus, but not often true of Jesus followers. It stung, but well, it should have.

16 Signs You Are Drifting

I will be 60 years old on my next birthday. As a Christ follower, I have been in leadership for almost 40 years. I’ve not only watched my own life unfold over time, but I have also had a ring-side seat to many other leaders. Sadly, many leaders do not finish well.
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