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Overview How can we make our lives matter? John Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived in serious times. And because they chose to live serious lives, they turned the course of history. Serious times met with serious lives. This is the means by which the kingdom of God is advanced and the life of a Christ follower is measured. As the modern era transitions into postmodern turbulence, we too find ourselves in serous times. There is a great movemetn of God that has been set loose in the world. In this book, James Emery White explores what it means to be in the front lines of what God is doing. It's about action. But more than that, it's about character and our connectedness with God. Come and discover a life of significance.
Publishers Description John Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived in serious times. And, because they chose to live serious lives they changed the course of history. Serious times met with serious lives. This is the means by which the kingdom of God is advanced and the life of a Christ follower is measured. // As the modern era transitions into postmodern turbulence, we too find ourselves in serious times. How can you make a difference in the world today? How can you be an influence for Christ? How can you live a life that matters? // There is a great movement of God that has been set loose in the world. In this book James Emery White explores what it means to be in the front lines of what God is doing. It's about action. But more than that it's about character and our connectedness with God.
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Studio: Hovel Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.52" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Hovel Audio
ISBN 1596441445 ISBN13 9781596441446
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Best book of its kind Sep 18, 2009
In a little over 160 pages James White has produced a masterpiece. The author gives a responsible and accessible sketch of the past while providing much motivation to the reader to be a change agent.
I am glad to promote this extremely well conceived book.
The Second Fall and the Christian Call Apr 19, 2008
Walking through the bookstore at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC last month a book by James Emery White caught my eye. The title was: Serious Times: Making Your Life Matter in an Urgent Day. White was a past president of the seminary.
White begins with a proposition: mankind has suffered not one but two falls. The first fall occurred when God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. A second fall occurred when modern society turned its back on all notions of transcendence, including God (p. 18). The mantra of the naturalist has become the watchword of the age: nature is all that is. If it cannot be empirically verified, it does not exist (p. 47). By the processes of secularization, privatization, and pluralization, White argues that we have come to a time when Christianity is treated as a preference fit for private discussion only within the walls of one's own house.
White's book is organized into seven chapters: The Second Fall, the World that Lives in Us, The City of Dreadful Delight, Deeping Our Souls, Developing Our Minds, Answering the Call, and Aligning with the Church. He apologizes up front for writing a mile wide and an inch deep (p. 15). He need not have apologized: the hardest part of problem solving is arriving at a clear definition of the problem. For White, spiritual anemia (p. 78) is the pressing problem of our age. We are lukewarm in our faith, in part, because we do not know what we believe . To deal with this problem, White commends the spiritual disciples of prayer, study, and worship.
Of these, the most interesting is worship because he views each Christian as called to treat his vocation as an act of worship. White writes: The Reformation idea of vocation follows from the monastic vision. Luther, himself a monk, was clearly familiar with the monastic conviction that all tasks needed to be offered as worship of the living God (p: 116). This view flies in the face of society's picture of worship as a Sunday morning activity confined within the walls of a church. Rather than being religious entertainment, worship defines who we are.
Christ calls us to ask a question of every moment of every day: to what purpose has God called me to this particular time and place? In the words of the Apostle Paul: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23). If we answer this call, every moment of every day has purpose. If God is present in our lives, we can perform a ministry of presence in the lives of those around us.
A writer's packaging matters. Even if a writer rambles a bit, my rule of thumb is that a book is worth the time if I find myself quoting from the book and applying its lessons in my life. Two passages from Serious Times come to mind.
In the first passage, White cites a story by Walter Truett Anderson (p. 57) that is helpful in highlighting the distinctions among modernists, postmodernists, and deconstructionists--three important worldviews today.
Three umpires have a beer at the end of the day. The first one says: there are balls and strikes and I call them the way they are. The second one says: there are balls and strikes and I call them the way I see them. The third one says there are balls and strikes and they are not anything until I call them. The first umpire is a modernist who believes in (unconditioned) objective reality. The second umpire is a postmodernist who believe that reality is conditioned on our perspective of it. The third umpire is a deconstructionist that believes that reality is conditioned on who is in charge.
This story sticks in my mind because I can put faces to each of these umpires.
The second passage is his highlighting of the broken glass theory of criminologists James O. Wilson and George Kelling (p. 158). The idea is that crime is contagious. It starts with a broken window and spreads to an entire community. Cleaning up trash, graffiti, and broken windows and minor violations of law, New York City substantially reduced crime in the 1980s. For those of us who grew up scared to walk the streets of New York, this reduction in crime was a big deal. After reading White's account I suddenly found ammunition to argue for cleaner kid's rooms in my household and greater attention to detail in the office downtown. The broken glass theory has a familiar ring: I am the LORD who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy (Leviticus 11:45). Small stuff matters.
I enjoyed Serious Times immensely and have already gifted half a dozen friends and colleagues with copies. Perhaps, you will too.
Help for the hungry soul. May 16, 2007
White's book is for anyone looking for a deeper, more significant life this side of heaven. Too often we allow the movement of God in our lives to get lost in our scramble to climb the corporate ladder, make money, promote our careers, buy a bigger house, pay the bills. Sound familiar? Too often, once we have achieved what we set out to achieve, we find ourselves empty, and even frustrated with our success. It's never enough. White takes the reader on a brief tour of historical issues and movements that have all influenced and shaped our culture today. He then makes a compelling argument for us to develop our minds by developing our latent inner life. In so doing we learn to respond to God's call to live in and impact the world as Christians. It's not so much about the contribution we can make as it is about our own consecration to God which provides a larger vision for living in the world. If you're searching for meaning and deeper significance - read this book. White will point you in the right direction.
A Serious Book for a Serious Time Mar 18, 2007
Dr. White presents an excellent portrait of the times in which we live. He uses history to bring the reader to the reason why our present age has a view of reality that is unparalleled in its hostility toward the Christian Worldview. For anyone wanting to reach others living in the Western Culture that we find ourselves presently, this is a must read. This book is pregnant with ideas and references which further study can assist in developing the Christian mind. You will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book more than once.
A Clarion Call For Our Time Sep 1, 2006
Dr. James Emery White offers this fascinating primer filled with expansive thoughts into "how we got to where we are and where we are going in the future." Combining compelling thoughts with historical focus, White serves up a great read for the students of culture and faith. Great for the lectern, bedside, wing back chair, or poolside...Seriously!