Well he has done it again. James Emery White has officially become one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with his writings in his book, “A Traveler’s Guide To The Kingdom,” and he has further captured my attention in his new book, “The Church In An Age of Crisis.”
At first glance one might think this is a very negative book. White begins to illustrate different ways in which our culture has moved from being Christian to Anti-Christian to what he calls “Post-Christian” or not knowing what it means to be a Christian altogether. With the greatest of articulation he describes how our faith, mindsets, views of marriage and family has changed. He further shows how media and technology has changed the way in which we think and interact.
He paints a picture of a world that is becoming less and less community focused, with a Christian foundation and drifting more towards being individualistic and building a foundation of whatever works for “you.”
But he does not leave us in a state of peril with no chance of resurrection. James Emery White finishes off the last section of this magnificent book with hope. He mentions, there is always a place for hope. That hope comes in the form of our mission as the Church; as people who have given their life to Christ and living for God on mission.
One of the most impacting pieces of the book for me was when he talked about the men of Issachar. These men where known to be the wisest in the land. It speaks in the Bible about these men when it says, “All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.” James Emery White goes on to say, “They knew the ‘signs of the times’ and how best to live in light of them.”
This is the mission he leaves us with; the hope we have as the Church. God has given us wisdom to look into our culture, learn from it and understand it. Then take that understanding and formulate a plan as to how best to teach and emulate Jesus, till the whole world hears, till the whole world begins to transform.
This book is worth your time and your read. James Emery White gives off a siren warning to our current generation as to what is ahead of us and then he goes on to challenge and inspire us to join the mission God has called us all to.
You can get his book HERE at amazon! You won’t regret it!