A Scholar's Devotion

A Scholar’s Devotion with Robert Gundry

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, though not a “scholar,” I have asked Dr. Robert Gundry 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?

Private scripture reading and daily prayer, a half hour to an hour. Turning the scripture reading into prayer and thanksgiving. Use of a prayer list that includes family, friends, colleagues, church staff and members, missionaries and mission fields, particular Christians in other countries (particularly in primitive cultures), and other teachers of scripture with whom I sometimes disagree.


Robert Gundry is an American New Testament scholar and Westmont College’s Scholar-in-Residence. He has written numerous books and commentaries on almost every NT book: A Survey of the NT, Church and Tribulation, and a controversial book on Peter as a false apostle in Matthew’s Gospel. 

Thank you, Dr. Gundry!

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