Why salvation is far from some people


“Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes” (Psalm 119:155). One characteristic of those the Bible describes as “wicked” is that they do not seek God’s statutes, God’s Word. For that reason, “Salvation is far from” them since the way of salvation—the way to God—is found only in the Word

Don interviewed by MBTS president Jason Allen about family worship

Family Worship

I was interviewed by Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, about family worship. At the link below you will find both audio and a transcript of the interview. You can link to the page on President Allen’s website here. On this page you can find information about my book, Family

Gospel-Centered Spiritual Disciplines, part 2

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[To read part 1 of this post, click here.] The Role of Spiritual Disciplines Although the Holy Spirit gives a believer the desire and the power for a biblical spirituality, a certain reformatting of the life and habits must also take place to practice a Gospel-centered piety. Thus Paul also wrote, “Train yourself for godliness”

Gospel-Centered Spiritual Disciplines, part 1

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As you’ve surely noticed, everyone is “spiritual” today. I saw a USAToday survey where even a majority of atheists consider themselves “spiritual” people. Come to think of it, I’ve never heard anyone say, “You know, I’m just not a spiritual person.” What is spirituality? Perhaps for many spirituality simply means spending time occasionally in personal

Bible Reading Record

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Jesus often asked questions about people’s understanding of the Scriptures, sometimes beginning with the words, “Have you not read . . . ?” He assumed that those claiming to be the people of God would have read the Word of God. And a case can be made that this question implies a familiarity with the

10 Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year or On Your Birthday

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Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.

Christmas Newsletter 2014

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The Center for Biblical Spirituality Christmas Newsletter 2014 from the W​hitney Family   Christmas greetings from the Whitney family!  Joy to the world, the Lord is come!   What a year 2014 has been! But before I update you on the Whitneys and The Center for Biblical Spirituality, I’ll mention the following in hopes that

Tribute to the most prayerful man I’ve known

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Lepanto is a tiny town of some two thousand people in Poinsett County in northeast Arkansas. In the 1930s it was even smaller. But during the Great Depression, four Lepanto boys grew up together and changed the world. One of them, James R. Hendrix, was a sharecropper’s son who left school after the third grade to

10 Questions to Ask at a Christmas Gathering


Many of us struggle to make conversation at Christmas gatherings, whether church events, work-related parties, neighborhood drop-ins, or annual family occasions. Sometimes our difficulty lies in having to chat with people we rarely see or have never met. At other times we simply don’t know what to say to those with whom we feel little

10 Questions to Ask at a Thanksgiving Gathering

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At Thanksgiving many of us find ourselves with people we rarely see or hardly know. In these kinds of situations meaningful conversation is often difficult. Here are some questions designed not only to spark conversation, but dialogue relevant to the season. When used with a group, one option is for each person to answer each