Lessons from Jonathan Edwards’s Diary

In August of 1722, less than a year-and-a-half after his conversion, Jonathan Edwards became the interim pastor of a small Presbyterian church in New York City. He remained at this temporary post for eight months. He stayed with Susanna Smith and her son, John “who seemed to him”, says George Marsden, “models of Christian piety.”[1]

Newsletter from The Center for Biblical Spirituality

In this edition: Crossway releases new edition of Don’s Family Worship book A new, free, five-part video series by Don on family worship New blog post by Don: “Family Worship and the Day I Made by Daughter Cry”   Crossway releases new edition of Don’s Family Worship book After 10 years in print, I am

Family Worship & the Day I Made My Daughter Cry

My daughter, Laurelen, graduated from a small, classical Christian high school. The school enjoys a commencement tradition in which the parents hand the diploma to their child, but only after speaking a few words of encouragement (usually accompanied with some nostalgia) to him or her. The graduate responds with some brief, prepared remarks of his

5 Reasons to Prioritize Family Worship

Just about everyone I know feels overwhelmed, and most are busier than they’ve ever been, especially if they have children at home. Pair that with my observation that most Christians I know would affirm that family worship—if they are familiar with it—would probably be a worthwhile practice if they were to make the time for

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”

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

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

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?

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