Broken Things

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 larger difficulties comprising a whole planet.

Life has its own “volcanic” upheavals—when relationships overheat and sear, or when the coldness of rejection stings our hearts. Circumstantial seismic events grind over or around us, leaving a trail of brokenness in their path and piling up a wall of doubt before us. What we do then becomes decisive. We can drag disappointment, resentment or hurt around with us, and become burdened with the weight of these stone-like things. Worse, we can retaliate: get mad and throw those things at somebody else.

Or we can do what God told Abraham to do. We can gather up those hard, broken things and lay them before the Lord—building an altar and worshiping the One who hold our lives and our tomorrows, and who never forgets His promise!”

-Jack Hayford, Manifest Presence


David Lindell is the West Campus Pastor at James River Church. To view content and messages from David visit

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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