Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges  -     By: James Emery White
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Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges

Inter-Varsity Press / 2010 / Hardcover

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When medieval mapmakers came to the end of the world as they knew it, they would write on the edges of their maps, "Here Be Dragons." Without a way to navigate, these areas were, at best, promising yet unexplored, and at worst, perilous.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evangelical Christians have an equally unsettling map and a lack of unity in regard to how we will find our way through uncharted territory as we stray from core ideas and differ on key issues. How did we get here? How will we find our way back? In this book, Christ Among the Dragons, James Emery White takes us on a journey beyond the dragon territory to discover the new world Christ is mapping for us.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830833129
ISBN-13: 9780830833122
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"Here Be Dragons" When medieval mapmakers came to the end of the world as they knew it, they would write on the edges of their maps, "Here Be Dragons." Without a way to navigate, these areas were, at best, promising yet unexplored, and at worst, perilous. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evangelical Christians have an equally unsettling map and a lack of unity in regard to how we will find our way through uncharted territory as we stray from core ideas and differ on key issues. How did we get here? How will we find our way back? In this book James Emery White takes us on a journey beyond the dragon territory to discover the new world Christ is mapping for us.

Author Bio

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he previously served as the school's fourth president. Dr. White holds MDiv and PhD degrees from Southern Seminary, where he was awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and theology. He has also done advanced university study at Vanderbilt University in American religious history, and continuing education at Oxford University in England. He currently serves on the Board of Reference at Union University, and as the adjunct professor of Christian Theology and Culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary/Charlotte. An international speaker and consultant, White is the author of over a dozen books, including such Gold Medallion nominees as and Book of the Year award-winner as well as and White also served as the consulting editor as well as contributing author to and

Endorsements

"In Christ Among the Dragons, James Emery White addresses the challenges and outlines the solution to a community confronting identity moratorium. Without a doubt, Jim's practical and prophetic supposition reconciles the vertical and horizontal elements of a Christian message that stands poised to reform our culture via a new movement committed to righteousness and justice. Every evangelical in America must read this book!"
—Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference,

"Jim White has skillfully woven together the challenges facing evangelicals in the areas of truth claims, cultural engagement, the role of the church and the place of Christian unity. This thematic analysis, though immensely readable and practical in its approach, reflects serious intellectual wrestling with the primary tenets of the Christian faith as well as the significant cultural issues of our day. White calls not for retreat, but for faithfulness that will result in renewal of the gospel witness in our world. Those who are interested in the role of the church and the place of the evangelical movement in our current context will find Christ Among the Dragons to be both helpful and hopeful."
—David S. Dockery, president, Union University

"This little book is a tract for the times for the evangelical church today--a summons to be faithful to Jesus Christ and his truth-telling Word while reaching out with love and grace to a world desperate for good news credibly told and lived out."
—Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, and general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

"White offers a systematic yet deeply personal response to theological and cultural challenges confronting contemporary Christians, especially evangelicals. His analysis is measured, balanced and prophetic, offering insights for a renewed evangelical future."
—Bill J. Leonard, professor of church history, Wake Forest University Divinity School

"James Emery White's Christ Among the Dragons is exactly what the church needs at a time when so many evangelical Christians are ready to throw tradition and principle out the window for the sake of relevance. With his firm grounding in Scripture, White gives us a compelling and comprehensive vision for how the church can openly reclaim and proclaim the faith given once for all. This book is a good read for any Christian who is serious about capturing this generation for Christ."
—Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview

"I would like to see this book in the hands of every emerging leader I am mentoring. They are often sailing near the edge of their known world--and Jim White provides some beacons that provide direction and wisdom for their leadership."
—Dr. Carson Pue, author of Mentoring Leaders, Arrowleadership.org

Editorial Reviews

"James Emery White's Christ Among the Dragons is exactly what the church needs at a time when so many evangelical Christians are ready to throw tradition and principle out the window for the sake of relevance. With his firm grounding in Scripture, White gives us a compelling and comprehensive vision for how the church can openly reclaim and proclaim the faith given once for all. This book is a good read for any Christian who is serious about capturing this generation for Christ."
"White offers a systematic yet deeply personal response to theological and cultural challenges confronting contemporary Christians, especially evangelicals. His analysis is measured, balanced and prophetic, offering insights for a renewed evangelical future."
"I would like to see this book in the hands of every emerging leader I am mentoring. They are often sailing near the edge of their known world—and Jim White provides some beacons that provide direction and wisdom for their leadership."
"This little book is a tract for the times for the evangelical church today—a summons to be faithful to Jesus Christ and his truth-telling Word while reaching out with love and grace to a world desperate for good news credibly told and lived out."
"Jim White has skillfully woven together the challenges facing evangelicals in the areas of truth claims, cultural engagement, the role of the church and the place of Christian unity. This thematic analysis, though immensely readable and practical in its approach, reflects serious intellectual wrestling with the primary tenets of the Christian faith as well as the significant cultural issues of our day. White calls not for retreat, but for faithfulness that will result in renewal of the gospel witness in our world. Those who are interested in the role of the church and the place of the evangelical movement in our current context will find Christ Among the Dragons to be both helpful and hopeful."
"In Christ Among the Dragons, James Emery White addresses the challenges and outlines the solution to a community confronting identity moratorium. Without a doubt, Jim's practical and prophetic supposition reconciles the vertical and horizontal elements of a Christian message that stands poised to reform our culture via a new movement committed to righteousness and justice. Every evangelical in America must read this book!"

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    "Christ among the Dragons: Finding Our Way through Cultural Changes" is timely with an important message for Evangelical Christian leader, Clerical and lay alike. In a clarion call for polarization and unity James Emery White addresses four important issues facing the Christian church today: The nature of truth and orthodoxy (the loss of absolutes, Cultural engagement and the evangelistic enterprise, (transformative agents actively engaged versus functional retreat) Christian community and civility, and the identity and character of the church.

    In his overview of what is happening in the in the evangelical church White reminds the reader of the role Jesus describes as being the Salt of the Earth. He likens the role of the pastor as one being charged with "shepherding a community." He calls attention to the departure from those things that originally bonded evangelicals together: A network of common social concerns and Para church organizations, and a strong spokesperson uniting evangelical Christians in the cause of evangelism. White maintains the importance of adhering to tradition and principle and being grounded in the scriptures while taking a more aggressive stance in becoming culturally relevant.

    White writes with genuine conviction as he leads the reader to a hunger for a deeper engagement in Christ thought as demonstrated within the members of his own church. I appreciate his articulate, intellectual approach in writing. He understands today's culture and man's inner needs, truth and orthodoxy. He boldly takes a stand on the importance of uniting in an intentional global effort of reaching out with love and grace in a renewed effort of taking the message and mission of the gospel to a new generation.

    James Emery White reweaves the relevance of truth, theology, and relevance into the every day fabric of the church in his book "Christ among the Dragons." An important and timely message.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes with no obligation to post a positive review.
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