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, 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

The Boys in the Boat

I recently finished The Boys in the Boat, and I enjoyed it from stem to stern. One part Seabiscuit, one part Unbroken, and one part Chariots of Fire, it’s the story of “Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” In summary, it’s simply a good tale well told. The story

Interview with Justin Taylor about My Family Worship Book

You’re invited to watch as author, blogger, and Crossway Books president Justin Taylor interviews me about my Family Worship book. Timestamps 00:00 – What is your own personal history when it comes to family worship? 1:45 – Was family worship a regular part of your childhood? 2:56 – What have you found historically and biblically that

Why Every Christian Can Evangelize, part 2

You can read the first part of this article here. In part one I asserted that if a person has understood the Gospel of Jesus Christ well enough to believe it savingly, then he or she should be able to communicate the Gospel to others. Obviously they can’t be expected to share the Gospel beyond their

Why Every Christian Can Evangelize

Suppose an earthquake seriously damaged a high-rise building your were in. But a friend from that building who’d made it out safely called to check on you, and guided you to a stairwell in a particular corner of the building from which he had escaped. After emerging into the light and open air, you become concerned