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Dr. James Emery White

Dr. James Emery White

Getting Your “News” from TikTok

Sam Wineburg is a professor of education at Stanford University and founder of the Stanford History Education Group. Along with Nadav Ziv, a research associate, Wineburg penned a telling essay for the Los Angeles Times where he outlined what happens when TikTok is your main source of news and information. Newsflash: It has become this for many people.

Conviction and Courage

When people talk about making history, they tend to think of it in terms of personal fulfillment or fame. Seldom do they think in terms of impact, or in regard to confronting something enormously evil with the greater power of good at great personal risk to themselves.

You Will Have Cultural Enemies

If you are a true follower of Christ, you will have enemies. A lot of enemies. This isn’t a popular idea. Many Christians seem more intent on fitting into culture, or at least getting its affirmation, than opposing it. And the entire idea of being an enemy, or having one, seems out of sync with the Christ life.

Mystery Is to Be Expected

God is infinite, and we are finite. He is eternal and all-powerful and all-knowing; we are not. If an exhaustive understanding of God were possible, then God would cease to be God, for if our minds could fathom all the mysteries of God, then God would be no greater than our minds.

The Importance of Vetting Staff

One of the most frequent questions I get from fellow pastors has to do with hiring (and firing) staff. They ask: “How do you know who to hire? When do you know it’s time to let someone go? How do you evaluate current staff in terms of future roles and responsibilities… or even if there is a future?”

The Community Fairytale

One of the great myths of relational life is that community is something found. In this fairy tale, community is simply out there – somewhere – waiting to be discovered like Prince Charming finding Cinderella. All you have to do is find the right person, join the right group, get the right job or become involved with the right church.

Church Money Gimmicks (2022)

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word gimmick as “an attention–getting device or feature, typically superficial, designed to promote the success of a product, campaign; any clever little gadget or ruse.” Churches use money gimmicks all the time. I don’t like them.

It Isn’t About Knowledge

When we exclaim, “If only I knew what God wanted me to do, I would do it!” we are not often serious. Books on finding the will of God are legion. But this isn’t about knowledge—the real struggle is following God’s will. Perhaps the problem is that we do not wish to be moral. Or are we just not able to be moral?

The Two Missed Truths about God’s Will (2022)

Countless people desperately want to know what God’s will is for their lives. If only they knew it, they would follow it—and all would be well. In truth, God is more eager to reveal His will to us than we are to receive it.

The Most Influential Books of My Early Christian Life

I did not become a Christ follower until I was 20 years old. My spiritual growth trajectory grew at a steep incline following that event. I was asked once during a Q&A session what was most strategic in my early discipleship. Three things quickly came to mind.
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