Dr. James Emery White

Dr. James Emery White

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.

4 Church Money Gimmicks That Need to End

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.

Learning "Teen Talk"

If there’s one parental principle for the teen years hammered home by almost everyone, it’s the importance of communication. The challenge is that today, that means becoming bilingual. Translation: learning “teen talk.”

Let Freedom Ring (2022)

On the 4th of July, I’m always reminded of times I’ve traveled in countries where freedom is severely curtailed. Or where the people have been freshly freed from the chains of injustice, and the joy of their release was palpable.

Living in Serious Times

Serious times met with serious lives. This is the anvil on which history is forged. More important, it is the means by which the Kingdom of God is advanced and the life of a Christ follower measured.