Dr. James Emery White

Dr. James Emery White

A Slowdown in the Rise of the Nones?

For some time in this blog I have chronicled the “rise of the nones,” meaning the rapid increase of the number of people who consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.I was recently intrigued by the findings of political scientist Melissa Deckman of Washington College, who has raised the possibility that the rise of the nones may be slowing, and the overall number even leveling off.

The Importance of Unreached Goals

What hinders churches are not failed goals, but the failure to set goals and launch them with boldness and courage. Too often we let the fear of failure determine the steps we take and, perhaps more importantly, the steps we do not take.

5 Reasons Leaders Fall

I have no intention of throwing rocks at other leaders who fall, for there but by the grace of God go I. But I do have a desire to keep other pastors from falling—including myself. I have a vantage point from nearly four decades of filling the role of a pastor. That means I have not only observed the temptations of my own life, but have also witnessed, often in up close and personal ways, the train wrecks that have sadly befallen others. So here are five reasons pastors fall.

The Biblical Model of Leadership

There is no end of opinions regarding “the” biblical model of leadership. There is the leader as CEO, servant, shepherd, visionary, teacher, discipler, counselor, chaplain… and to make matters worse, most make their case by discounting the others. The one model of leadership that is often missing is the one that I do feel is the most biblical.

#1 Thing Every Church Can Do to Grow

Yes, there is one thing that is arguably the most important thing a church can do if it wants to grow—besides pray, that is. And yes, I will tell you exactly what it is. But first…

Evaluating Feedback

At Meck, we send every first-time guest we have record of a questionnaire. The answers have proven invaluable. Where evaluation is needed is between that of an unchurched person who has been invited by a friend, and a very churched person looking for a new church home who found us randomly. It’s almost comical.

Don’t Wait for Revival

It would seem to go without saying that the clarion call of the church would be outreach, coupled with a renewed missional mindset that wrestles with the question Lesslie Newbigin pursued throughout his writings: “What would be involved in a missionary encounter between the Gospel and this whole way of perceiving, thinking and living that we call ‘modern Western culture’?” Yet many simply lament and pray for revival.

Online Communion? Theology and the Digital Church

There are many pressing areas in need of fresh theological thinking in light of a rapidly changing world. The redefinition of family, the nature of sexual identity, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering... and the digital church.

5 Examples of Shadow Racism

When it comes to a theology of race, there are four headlines: 1) We were all made by God; 2) We were all made in the image of God; 3) We were all made with distinction and variety—including the color of our skin; and 4) We are called into a relationship with God the Father by the Holy Spirit through Jesus the Son. This is why the Bible makes the following declaration: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28, NIV).

Turning Your Flywheel

In his book Good to Great, and in a subsequent monograph, Jim Collins talks about “turning the flywheel.” His research on companies that went from good to great revealed that there was “no single defining action, no grand program, no single killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment.”