A Scholar's Devotion

A Scholar’s Devotion with Sigurd Grindheim

Going through seminary, students are taught to study the Bible and uphold its doctrines about God while also being encouraged not to neglect their devotional times with God. Yet during my own devotional time I, and probably many others, often ask, “Is this approach the best way to grow spiritually, or is there a better way? What could I do differently? Should I incorporate my studies with my devotions?”  

Each week, I ask a different scholar two questions about how he or she spends time with the Lord and continues to love him with all their mind, strength, and heart. While no one method or style is “the only way,” we can draw on one another’s experiences. 

This week, I have asked Dr. Sigurd Grindheim if he would share his thoughts with us.

1. How do you spend your devotional time with the Lord? 

I have tried a number of different ways and failed at being consistent in all of them. The ones I try to return to are to read a daily chapter from the Greek New Testament, which forces me to slow down and notice new things; pray the Psalms, which helps me to pour out my heart and strengthens my trust in the Lord; and to use the Norwegian hymnal as a devotional, which connects me with the people of God through the ages.

2. How do you practically seek to deepen your love for Christ?

I feel that my love for Christ comes as a response to his love for me, and his love is a gift that comes to me in surprising ways. Often I see it in the way that his people show their love for me, and often I see it when I read Scripture and I am reminded of the fact that he gave his life for me even when I was his enemy and that he keeps forgiving my sins again and again.


Sigurd Grindheim is Adjunct Assistant Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written Living in the Kingdom of God, Christology in the Synoptic Gospels, and Introducing Biblical Theology. 

Thank you, Dr. Grindheim!

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