Don Whitney

Don Whitney has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY since 2005.  Before that, he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, for ten years.  He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality.

Don grew up in Osceola, Arkansas where he came to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He was active in sports throughout high school and college, and worked in the radio station his dad managed.

After graduating from Arkansas State University, Don planned to finish law school and pursue a career in sportscasting. While at the University of Arkansas School of Law, he sensed God’s call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He then enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979. In 1987, Don completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and later a Ph.D. in theology at the University of the Free State in South Africa.

Prior to his ministry as a seminary professor, Don was pastor of Glenfield Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), for almost fifteen years.  Altogether, he has served local churches in pastoral ministry for twenty-four years.

He is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (NavPress, 1991; 2014), which has a companion discussion guide. He has also written How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian? (NavPress, 1994), Spiritual Disciplines within the Church (Moody Press, 1996), Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health (NavPress, 2001), Simplify Your Spiritual Life (NavPress, 2003), Praying the Bible (Crossway 2015), and Family Worship (2006; and Crossway 2016).  His hobby is restoring and using old fountain pens.

Don lives with his wife Caffy in their home near Louisville. She regularly teaches a class for seminary wives, works from their home as an artist, muralist, and illustrator and enjoys gardening and beekeeping. The Whitneys are parents of a daughter, Laurelen Christiana.

Don’s website address is www.BiblicalSpirituality.org.

He is on Twitter @DonWhitney and on Facebook as Don Whitney (look for the “Public Figure” page).

Worshipping As A Family

Worshipping as a Family

If the only time your kids see you worshipping God is at church, then your kids are missing out on a rich experience. Don Whitney and Lauren Chandler talk about worshiping together with their families.

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Make A Joyful Noise

Make a Joyful Noise

Throughout the Bible, we are strongly encouraged to sing a song to the Lord. Don Whitney, Jason Houser, Kristyn Getty, and Ginny Owens explain the importance and the power of singing as worship.

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Passing On The Truth Of God

Passing on the Truth of God

Don Whitney coaches moms and dads on the lost art of family worship. Whitney reminds parents that they don’t have to prepare a devotional in order to worship.

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25 Years Of Radio Raising Godly Kids 2

Is Your Teen Walking With Christ?

Even parents who do everything right to bring their kids to faith have no guarantee it will “stick.” Dennis Rainey, Ken Hemphill, Jessica Thompson, Elyse Fitzpatrick and Don Whitney share wisdom learned from experience.

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Praying Gods Word 2

Seeking God’s Will

Don Whitney tells believers how to put some spark back into their prayer life. When we pray the Scriptures back to God we find ourselves praying with fervor.

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Praying Gods Word 1

The Discipline of Praying the Scriptures

Don Whitney coaches Christians not to forget to pray the words of Scripture as they seek the Lord, and then shows us how using Ephesians 5:21: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

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Spiritual Resolutions For The New Year

Spiritual Resolutions for the New Year

New Year’s resolution: Read through the Bible in a year. Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine, Jen Wilkin, Barbara Rainey, and Don Whitney offer some coaching on effective ways to dig into God’s word.

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Spiritual Habits Day 2

Family Worship–Then and Now, Part 2

Don Whitney talks with Dennis Rainey about the need for family worship.

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Spiritual Habits Day 1

Family Worship–Then and Now, Part 1

Don Whitney illustrates the need for family worship by telling stories of how family worship changed lives.

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Spiritual Habits Day

Yearning for Heaven

Don Whitney urges Christians to seek their fulfillment in Christ and anticipate the day they’ll see him face to face in Heaven.

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