Issue Number Twenty-Three

A God Entranced Vision of All Things

The Center for Biblical Spirituality reminds readers of a recent book edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor, containing a chapter written by Don.

A God Entranced Vision of All Things is published by Crossway. Don's chapter is "Pursuing a Passion for God Through Spiritual Disciplines: Learning from Jonathan Edwards."

Other chapters are written by John Piper, Stephen J. Nichols, Noël Piper, J. I. Packer, Mark Dever, Sherard Burns, Paul Helm, Sam Storms, Mark Talbot, and Justin Taylor.

For more information, including ordering information, click here or order by phone: 800-405-3788.

Don's Schedule

Please pray for these ministry opportunities in May and June.

  • Grace Bible Fellowship
    Quakertown, PA
  • Sola Scriptura Ministries Conference
    Moncton, NB
  • Chicago area Baptist Collegiate Ministry gathering
    Evanston Baptist Church
  • Evanston Baptist Church
    Evanston, IL
  • Garden Heights Baptist Church
    Erie, PA
  • "Glory of Christ Conference," Summit Woods Baptist Church
    Lee's Summit, Missouri

Suggested Bulletin Inserts for May and June Written
by Don Whitney

New in Audio

  • Are You In the Ark?
    Genesis 6-7
    mp3 format

  • When the World Was One
    Genesis 11
    mp3 format

  • Credit in Heaven and Covenanted Blessings on Earth
    Genesis 15
    mp3 format

  • God's Will and God's Eyes
    Genesis 16
    mp3 format

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Important Announcement

The Whitneys Are Moving

After ten years at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City where he taught Spiritual Formation, Don will be moving to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Don at SBTS Don is scheduled to begin his ministry at the oldest of the six SBC seminaries on June 1. More than four thousand students attend this school where Dr. Albert Mohler is president.

Don's new responsibilities will be as (1) Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, (2) Director of the Supervised Ministry Experience, (3) supervisor for a Ph.D. program in spirituality and after that, (4) leader for a new D.Min program in spirituality.

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[5-5-05 news release from Southern Seminary]

Southern Seminary appoints Whitney
to lead Christian spirituality program

By Jeff Robinson

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently appointed to its faculty noted spiritual disciplines scholar Donald S. Whitney to teach in a new professorship of biblical spirituality and to pioneer a doctoral program in Christian spirituality.

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Simplify Your Spiritual Life

Below is one of the chapters
from Don's book

Simplify Your Spiritual Life.

with Discussion Guide included.

This chapter is available as a pre-formatted bulletin insert. Click the Bulletin Inserts button at

Do What You Can

I admire Jean Fleming. She's been both a home and overseas missionary. She boldly and winsomely shares her faith, makes a priority of discipling other Christian women, and leads Bible studies. She actively supports her husband's full-time ministry, frequently opens her home for Christian hospitality, and serves in her local church. In her home and halfway across the country she's cared for both physically and mentally impaired relatives for long periods. The Flemings have raised three children and now enjoy their role as grandparents. Through it all Jean has written several books and articles.

She was converted in her late teens. Discipled well from the start, Jean thrived on a spiritual diet strong on disciplines like the reading, studying, and meditating on God's Word, prayer, fellowship, service, evangelism, worship, silence and solitude, journal-keeping, and Scripture memory. She felt herself making spiritual progress almost daily. All this continued after she married her equally-dedicated husband, Roger.

Then she had three children in diapers.

To read the rest of this article, and/or to download it as a Motherís Day bulletin insert, click here.

Give Praise to God

Earlier this year, Don contributed a chapter on "Private Worship" in a comprehensive and practical book on worship in memory of the late James Montgomery Boice. Give Praise to God is 515 pages with chapters from more than a dozen other writers including Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Derek Thomas, Edmund Clowney, Mark Dever, Michael Horton and others.

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Family News and Notes

Goodbyes are often hard. All three Whitneys have been experiencing some bittersweet ones in recent days. It has been difficult to say goodbye to some of the dearest friends we have the world, to fellow church members, to long-time colleagues, to students, and to good neighbors. The "sweet" part has been the reminder that in Christ, such goodbyes are only temporary. There is a reunion not too many years away that is bright, happy, and eternal. Now our faces are turned toward that historic seminary campus in that town beside the Ohio River, to our pleasant new home and land (the girls want to call it "Rivendell"), and to the ministry the Lord has for us in and from those places.

Caffy is energized by the anticipation of moving into our new home. At this writing she and Laurelen are living in an apartment on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville. Near the end of the month we expect to move into a house east of Shepherdsville, which is on I-65 south of Louisville. She is alive with ideas of things to do in and with our new home, as any good homemaker would be. This is good, because the stresses of moving—especially since it has involved a rapid removal from our former home and two interim moves—have been hard on her. Even though she's excited about the days and years ahead, moving is (as most of you know) always stressful.

Laurelen can only remember living in one home. We moved to KC just before she turned two. So she will miss many people, places, and things. But she, too, looks forward to our new Kentucky home. One big reason is that our former pastor—Jim Orrick—moved to Boyce College (on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville) three years ago to teach there. The Orricks have six girls, and Laurelen is thrilled to be living near them again. She's also counting on getting a big dog soon. "I want one that knocks you down," she says. Hmmm. We'll see. But it's probably a good idea to remember that we're considering such a request in case you come to visit us this summer.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
2 Timothy 4:22

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