Monthly Archives: August 2015


Broken Things

“… altars are usually built on broken things. Ancient altars were built of rocks and stone, which prompts reflecting on the geological process by which they occur. Cracked open under the stress of heat or cold, or the shattered remnants from volcanic explosions  or violent shaking, rocks are “hard things” that we encounter—small parts of


The Powerful Appropriation of Power

Prayer brings with it, as food does, a new sense of power and health… The life of every organism is but the constant victory of a higher energy, constantly fed, over lower and more elementary forces. Prayer is the assimilation of a holy God’s moral strength. We must work for this living. To feed the


The Best Book I’ve Read in a While

Hands down, John Webster’s little book, Holiness, is the best book I’ve read in a while. Clocking in at 105 pages, it’s short but profound. Through the fall, as I marked, highlighted and underlined my way through it’s chapters, I was again and again called to worship and wondered (which should be the ultimate aim


Kill or Be Killed

The following is a guest post by Micah Cartee. Micah Cartee is a Biblical Studies student at Evangel University. He is married and has two children. Additionally, he works full time. It’s fair to say he is a pretty busy guy. You can follow him on Twitter here. I greatly appreciate Micah’s passion, and I


A Tiny Psalm with Enormous Reach

Not all invitations are created equal. Some invitations are just not that enticing—“Hey, you wanna help me move my kids’ ginormous swing set?” See what I mean? (And yes, that’s an actual invitation I have extended.) Then there are invitations you are so desperately excited to accept you have to fake hesitancy. You get offered

A plate, fork and knife

Reflecting on Our Fast

I like to eat, but sometimes not eating is better. This summer our church family (James River Church) fasted together on Wednesdays. Each Wednesday breaking our fast together around the Table of the Lord during our Prayer Service. It was beautiful. The impetus for our fast was a collective desperation to see God move mightily


Communion with the Trinity (part 1)

Christians often talk and write about communion with God or spending time in God’s presence. Books on the topic are a prominent feature of  “Christian Living” sections in countless bookstores.  Church history is filled with reflections on this theme penned by theologians and pastors. However, it is far less common to encounter teaching on the


Edwards: God as the Highest Good

“God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or


Preach to Yourself

We should all have heroes—people whose lives push us to more intensely pursue depth in our relationships with Christ. My list of heroes would be long (and categorized), but one of the names that would certainly be on it is David Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Dr. Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor of

Altering My Prayer Ratio

This weekend I preached some very well known verses from the end of Matthew 28 (you can watch it here). It is a text that for many conjures up a blend of desire mixed with conviction mixed with shame, because, if you are a Christian, making disciples is something you want to do but too


Hebrews 11:7

This weekend I preached out of Hebrews 11:7, and John Owen’s Exposition of Hebrews vol. 7 was hands down the most helpful commentary on the passage. Here’s my favorite quote from Owen’s section on verse seven: “No obstacle can stand in the way of faith, when it fixeth itself on the almighty power of God.”

Chesterton on Humility and the Postmodern Mind

Long before postmodernism became part of our cultural vernacular, the British writer G. K. Chesterton described what was to be one of the distinguishing characteristics of this philosophical movement and the cultural shift it would provoke. But what we suffer from to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of


Salvation on a Snowy January Day

This weekend during the Sunday services at both James River Church campuses, with snow falling outside (lots of snow), we mentioned the conversion of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) on a snowy day in 1850. What I did not realize was how close we were to the most widely recognized date of Spurgeon’s conversion which is Sunday, January


About me

David Lindell

David Lindell

David serves as the Campus Ministries Director and West Campus pastor at James River Church in Springfield, Missouri. He has theology degrees from Evangel University (BA) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM). David has written for Christianity Today and currently writes for James River Church’s blog. He is married to Becky and they have three children: Owen, Elliot, and Henley. You can follow him on Twitter @davidlindell