How to Do Family Worship

In this four-minute video, Don Whitney explains how to do family worship. Don has written a small (80-page) book on Family Worship. Ordering information for individual or multiple copies if available in the website store.

New Year’s Update from The Center for Biblical Spirituality


Happy New Year from The Center for Biblical Spirituality! Just two items in this edition of the newsletter: 1. Links to the five recent DesiringGod/Ask Pastor John podcasts where Don was a guest and answered questions about spiritual disciplines. 2. An announcement about dramatic discounts on both the print and audio editions of Don’s Family

“Spiritual Disciplines for the New Year”

ACBC podcast

Recently it was my privilege to be interviewed by Dr. Heath Lambert, president of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors on the ACBC podcast, “Truth in Love.” The subject was “Spiritual Disciplines for the New Year.” In it I talked about the biblical spiritual disciplines in general, and specifically about meditation on Scripture and praying

The CFBS December 2015 newsletter

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Christmas and New Year’s greetings from the Whitney family. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Before I give you an update on ministry of the CFBS and on the Whitney family, I’ll mention the following resources in hopes that they might serve you and/or your ministry. Most immediately, these “Ten Questions to Ask at

eBook edition of Praying the Bible for $3.99 today

PTB on iPad

Good news for those interested in my recent book, Praying the Bible (Crossway, 2015). Today (Monday, Nov. 30), the digital edition of Praying the Bible is on sale for just $3.99. You can get the Kindle edition here. But the eBook is also available at the sale price at Christian Book ( and Westminster Bookstore ( You can read more about

Where’s Our Thanksgiving Music?

We Gather Together

I miss the traditional Thanksgiving hymns. I’m talking about songs such as “We Gather Together,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” and “Now Thank We All Our God.” Perhaps you don’t know them. But for nearly all my life, those were the songs of November—especially on the Sunday before Thanksgiving—in my local church experience. In the

Reflections on the New Spurgeon Library

Spurgeon Library

On October 20, 2015, I was honored to attend the dedication of the new C.H. Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Midwestern is one of the six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and one of America’s fifteen largest. I was privileged to teach there for ten years before I was invited to

Why You Should Be Praying the Psalms

Praying the Bible 3

I’m sure such folks are out there, but I’ve not personally met any Christian who hasn’t struggled with saying the same old things about the same old things in prayer. Before long, such repetitive prayer is boring. And when prayer is boring, it’s hard to pray—at least with any joy and fervency. Note that the

Have a Real Prayer Closet

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As I sit writing these words with my old Swan fountain pen on an oak roll-top desk, my left forearm rests on a book about Writer’s Houses[1]. On end in a cubbyhole to my right is another book of photographs called The Writer’s Desk[2]. As a writer, I enjoy looking at pictures of the private

Invent a Ministry

Evolution of Progress

The Smiths work hard all week long. Michael’s job usually requires much more than a forty-hour weekly commitment. Susan never imagined such a busy life. And while their children aren’t over-involved, just a couple of school, sports, or music activities per week by each of them puts many extra miles on the family van almost every