A Scholar's Devotion

A Scholar’s Devotion with Gerry Breshears

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. Gerry Breshears if he would share his thoughts with us.

1. How do you spend your devotional time with the Lord and how do you practically seek to deepen your love for Christ?

A key thing for my seminary time was to do my academic studies “in the Spirit.” I had been told never to mix the two and it almost ruined me. They meant don’t give up your devotional time with God, but doing studies purely academically turns theological studies into idolatry. BB Warfield’s classic The Religious Life of Theological Students is amazing.


Gerry Breshears is the Professor of Theology at Western Seminary. He writes at Breshears.net.

Thank you, Dr. Breshears!

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