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

Prayer Closet copy 2

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

Praying the Bible: A Bible Gateway Interview with Don Whitney

Hands folded in prayer on a Holy Bible in church concept for fai

Since prayer is talking with God—the only Person in the universe worthy of being called awesome—why don’t people pray more? Why don’t the people of God enjoy prayer more? I answer these and many other questions in this interview with Jonathan Petersen of Bible Gateway about praying the Bible. You can find the interview here.   To

Justin Taylor interviews Don Whitney about Praying the Bible

Justin Taylor interview about Praying the Bible

In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with Don Whitney to discuss what it means to pray through God’s Word. To get info on Don’s book Praying the Bible or to order it, click here.

Praying with the “fire of God’s Word”

Towers-August-2015 interview photo

Here’s an interview I did with Craig Sanders, editor of Towers, the Southern Seminary magazine, about my book Praying the Bible. This link will take you to the Towers online webpage where you can read the article. In addition to the interview, Sanders also wrote this review of Praying the Bible.   To get info

What does it mean to pray the Bible and why is it important?

For the Church recording

Here’s a brief interview I did with Jared Wilson and the folks at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s “For the Church” website. (If at first you don’t see the embedded video, please refresh your page.) To get info on Don’s book Praying the Bible or to order it, click here.

How to Stop Praying the Same Old Things

How to Stop Praying the Same Old Things

“Empty phrases” are ruinous in any area of spirituality, but especially in prayer. Jesus warned, “But when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7). Such “empty phrases” can result from insincerity or repetition. That is, we