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The Blessing of Denominational Meetings

I’m writing from Phoenix, where I’m attending the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s my 34th consecutive meeting, having attended every year since 1983. I am blessed to be here again. Some people might see the term “denominational meeting” and imagine it as enjoyable as a convention sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How I Started Reading the Bible Every Day: Encouragement for Parents & Children

I literally don’t remember not reading the Bible every day. Here’s how it happened. I’m told I started reading fairly early, reading Dick and Jane books sometime before my fifth birthday. But while I remember reading the books, I have no recollection of starting to read them. I do remember learning words and phrases by watching

He’s Memorized 42 Books of the Bible and You Can, Too

There may be other Christians more committed to the discipline of Scripture memory than Pastor Andy Davis, but I’ve not met them. But I do know Andy, and can tell you that he’s the real deal. Not only is he the most diligent memorizer of Scripture I’ve ever known, he’s also a genuinely godly man,

10 Questions to Ask to Benefit from a Conference or Special Event

I’ve had the privilege of attending countless conferences and other special events. Some were primarily inspirational, others were mainly instructive, and many were for the purpose of conducting business, hearing reports, and connecting with people. They usually last from half-a-day to several days in length. Afterward, however—regardless of how much I enjoyed myself or how

2016 CFBS Christmas Newsletter

Christmas greetings from the Whitney family and  The Center for Biblical Spirituality.   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. First is a

God, the House-building God

In 2 Sam. 7:2, King David noted the incongruity of him living “in a house of cedar, [while] the ark of God dwells in a tent.” He spoke with the prophet Nathan, who encouraged him in his plan to build a house—a temple—for God. It was good that David wanted to build a house for

Theological Reflections on a Kidney Stone

I had a kidney stone a few days ago. More specifically, my right kidney rebelled against the rest of my body and impaled itself on a kidney stone six days ago. And in its infinite kidney wisdom the kidney decided to do this at 2:00 in the morning. By 3:30 a.m., Caffy was driving me

Ten Questions for David Mathis about “Habits of Grace,” Part 2

This is the second part of an interview with David Mathis on his book, “Habits of Grace” published by Crossway Books. You can read the first part of this interview here. The Center for Biblical Spirituality (CFBS): Which habit of grace do most Christians find the most challenging, and why? David Mathis: Meditation. It is perhaps

Ten Questions for David Mathis about “Habits of Grace,” Part 1

I want to recommend a new book on the spiritual disciplines by David Mathis. David (@davidcmathis) is executive editor for desiringGod.org, pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and adjunct professor for Bethlehem College & Seminary. His new book is Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines. Center for Biblical Spirituality (CFBS): In a sentence, what

Give the Gift of Family Worship to Your Men on Father’s Day

Center for Biblical Spirituality Newsletter May 16, 2016 Give the Family Worship book to your men for Father’s Day   Equip all the men in your church, class, or small group to lead their families in the daily worship of God by providing them with a copy of my Family Worship book. For Father’s Day, we’ve reduced