THE NAME OF DON'S WEBSITE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO "THE Center for Biblical Spirituality."
Don Whitney teaches full-time at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO as associate professor of spiritual formation. But since coming to the seminary in 1995, Don has had an additional ministry of writing and of preaching and teaching in churches and conferences around the country. Recently, Don incorporated this work into a tax-exempt ministry called "The Center for Biblical Spirituality."
In conjunction with this, Don is changing the name of the website and its address. The URL for this website is now www.BiblicalSpirituality.org. While you may want to bookmark the new website address, we expect that for years to come both the old (www.SpiritualDisciplines.org) and new addresses will take you to the website for The Center for Biblical Spirituality.
Note that the content of the website will not change. The only changes you will see will be the replacement of all places where www.SpiritualDisciplines.org is used with the new website name and address.
HEAR DON ON THE RADIO
WMBI radio in Chicago asked Don to prepare five readings of about four minutes each from his book, Simplify Your Spiritual Life. They're scheduled to air Monday through Friday, June 21-25 at 5:42 a.m. and again at 8:42 a.m. central time. Those who aren't in the Chicagoland area can listen at those times online at www.wmbi.org.
The same five programs will be aired nationwide the following week on the stations on the Moody Broadcasting Network. But the times are set by each individual station. To see if there's an MBN station in your area, check the website at www.mbn.org.
The same five readings, plus one extra will be available on the Audio Sermons button of Don's website starting June 21. You may hear them in either .mp3 or Real Audio format. Incidentally, several new audio sermons have been added to this button, in both .mp3 and Real Audio.
FATHER'S DAY BULLETIN INSERT AVAILABLE
Just a reminder that Don recently made a new bulletin insert available for Father's Day called "Simplify Family Worship." This encouraging piece shows husbands and fathers how simple family worship can be. You can download this free insert on the Bulletin Inserts button of the website, near the bottom of the page.
Below is one of the ninety chapters
Simplify Your Spiritual
with Discussion Guide
Take a Nap
Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is to take a nap. The average amount of sleep for Americans declined from more than nine hours per night in 1850 to seven hours in 1990.1 Other studies verify what most of us know by experience, that many are operating with a serious "sleep debt." While it's true that both Jesus (see Luke 6:12) and the apostle Paul (see 2 Corinthians 6:5) occasionally were up all night for the sake of the kingdom of God, the Bible also tells us this about our Heavenly Father: "He gives His beloved sleep" (Psalm 127:2).
God made us a unity of body and soul, and one influences the other. When your soul is either happy or discouraged, it can affect how your body looks and feels. And when your body is exhausted, it tends to dampen the zeal of your soul. In fact, fatigue often weakens our resolve against temptation, and provides excuses for anger, lust, and other sins.
God made us to need sleep. Pastor and author John Piper once sat wearily on the side of his bed trying to develop a theology of sleep. After all, he reasoned, we could do so much more for God's kingdom if we didn't have to sleep nearly a third of our lives away.
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How the Spiritual Disciplines Lighten Your Load
But how can we keep up the pace? For one thing, God's voice regarding priorities can best be heard while practicing the Spiritual Disciplines. The older you grow, the more you tend to accumulate responsibilities like barnacles. The addition and growth of children requires an increase in attention to their lives in school, sports, and transportation. Job advancement brings with it more commitments as well as opportunities. The accumulation of goods an property over the years tends to escalate the time you must devote to their maintenance. All this means that periodically your life will call for an evaluation of priorities. Perhaps through the Discipline of Bible intake, or prayer, or worship, or silence and solitude, or journaling, God might guide you to realize which activities are 'barnacles' that must be cut away. Instead of seeing the Spiritual Disciplines as additional weight, they are actually one of the ways God uses to help lighten your load and give you smoother sailing.
[Taken from pages 236-237 of Don's book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Find out more about this book here.]
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