Dr. James Emery White

Dr. James Emery White

My Writing

I was recently asked about my current writing projects and why I write the books that I do. Let me begin by saying I was flattered that anyone cared and, further, continue to be grateful that I am able to be a published author. If you had told me 30+ years ago that I would be the author of more than 20 books translated in more than a dozen languages, my mouth would have fallen open. It still does.

What Business Are You (Really) In As a Church?

Industries led by smart people are realizing the power of finding the answer to this pivotal question in an ever-changing world—a world changed more than in recent history by the COVID-19 pandemic. So as a church, how are you answering question, "What business are we in?"

What Your Church (and You) Needs Most

This blog is not for just anyone. It’s for people who are committed Christ followers who have a church home. It’s not for church hoppers or shoppers. It’s for those who know where their faith community is. They’ve poured into it, and it has poured into them. It’s a beautiful and deeply spiritual relationship. It’s also the biblical model.

Ideas for Swimming Upstream(ing) with Online Church

According to the research of the Barna Group, one out of every three practicing Christians are not watching online church services during the COVID-19 lockdown. Don’t hit the panic button just yet. It doesn’t mean they are leaving your church, much less the faith; they just aren’t watching you online. And there might be a reason.

Do You Need God to Be Good?

In a sweeping survey of thousands across 34 countries, the Pew Research Center wanted to discover whether people felt that you needed to believe in God in order to be moral. The results varied depending on economic development, education and age, with higher percentages in emerging economies holding to the importance of theism.

Faith, Freedom, and Face Masks

People in other countries are genuinely dumbfounded by our “mask” divide. To have something as basic as wearing a mask in the midst of a pandemic in order to control its spread become a partisan issue is confusing to many Americans as well. Why is there such a belligerent attitude toward wearing a mask in public in the name of public health?

The Infantalized Generation

A failure by parents and schools to enforce boundaries has created a generation of “infantilized” Millennials. Going further, an “unwillingness to chastise children or use moral-based judgments has left young people ‘disoriented.’” All this and more from Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology at Kent University (U.K.).

The 'R' Word Christians Need Now to Overcome Cultural Challenges

Throughout the years, many have turned to H. Richard Niebuhr, who classically outlined the various responses that could be made in light of the interplay between Christ and culture, with such famous typologies as “Christ Against Culture,” “Christ of Culture” and “Christ Above Culture.” Yet what Niebuhr actually explained is how two authorities—namely Christ and culture—compete with each another.

Unity, Liberty and Charity (2020)

There’s a catchphrase that’s been around Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck), the church I pastor, for a long time: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” It’s not original to us. Though the origin is debated, it is most commonly attributed to Augustine.