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Donald S. Whitney

Donald S. Whitney is a Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.


The Blessings of Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline

This is the sixth in a series of articles on pastors and the spiritual disciplines. One of the disciplines we can practice either alone or with others is fasting. As with prayer, we fast in the hope that by His grace, God will bless us.

Praying the Psalms as a Spiritual Discipline

George Müller, one of the most prayerful and faith-filled men in Christian history, prayed the Psalms. The Lord Jesus Christ himself and the apostles of the early church prayed the Psalms. Why not you and your church?


Solutions to Common Problems in Prayer as a Spiritual Discipline

In our focus on the personal spiritual disciplines, we have said the two most important disciplines are the intake of the Word and prayer.


Reading and Meditating on the Bible as Spiritual Disciplines for Pastors

Pastors must care for their own souls before they can care for the souls of others. This looks like reading the Bible and meditating on it.


The Importance of Personal Spiritual Disciplines for Pastors

Brother, don’t let the ministry keep you from Jesus. Spiritual discipline as a means to godliness will help you maintain perseverance and joy in ministry and keep you in Jesus.


Pastors and the Spiritual Disciplines

A pastor, like all other Christians, grows more godly by means of rightly-motivated obedience to the God-given command in 1 Tim, 4:7: “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (NASB).