All posts by Don Whitney

No Coasting into Christlikeness

When it comes to discipline in the Christian life, many believers question its importance. Devotion to prayer declines into drudgery. The real-life usefulness of meditation on Scripture seems uncertain. The purpose of a discipline like fasting is a mystery. Why not leave spiritual discipline to those who seem to more disciplined by nature and let

Letter to a Discouraged Minister

I’m sure you are right even more than you realize when you say you are learning a great deal through this.  Be assured that your sufferings will not be wasted. Many texts tell us this, but 2 Cor. 1 is one that particularly comes to mind. Moreover, I was reading in 2 Cor. 5-6 today,

How to Measure Basic Gospel Literacy

  Do not try the following when you are discouraged by the lack of spiritual progress among those in your ministry setting. In other words, if you have been experiencing disappointment with the spiritual condition of those in your discipleship group, Bible class, or church, wait awhile before you attempt the experiment I suggest. For

“Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life”–What’s new in the Revised & Updated Edition?

After 23 years in print, my Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life has been released in a “Revised & Updated” edition. What’s different from the original, 1991 edition? More content. You’ll find more than 10,000 words of new material, such as seventeen methods of meditation on Scripture, up from six in the original edition. More

5 Great Reasons to Memorize Scripture Today

I am grateful to my friend Tim Challies for posting a summary of a section on Scripture memory from my Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.

Clarify Your Ambition

“He’s very ambitious.” Is that a compliment or a criticism? Do you want to be known as ambitious? Would you prefer to be known as

Do Nothing—and Do It to the Glory of God

The Bible tells us, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). I suggest there are times when we should do nothing—and do it “to the glory of God.” One Sunday morning in my boyhood, I was waiting for my parents to finish

Practice True Spirituality

In a person’s quest for true spirituality it’s important to define the term. I’m writing from the belief that spirituality is the pursuit of God and the things of God, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with God’s self-revelation (that is, the Bible). The words of the apostle Paul in