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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

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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


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


Enrichment’s Summer Cover

In June, Enrichment, a journal for pastors published by the Assemblies of God, released its Summer 2012 installment. The cover read “21st-Century Challenges to the Gospel” and then listed Islam, Atheism, Pluralism, Buddhism, Calvinism, Annihilationism and Eternal Security.Aside from that being a lot of –isms, it seemed to me that these topics were strange bedfellows

GALATIANS 2.10… remembering the poor

This week I am doing some work in chapter two of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In verse 10 the apostle makes a comment about the Jerusalem church’s commendation that he remember the poor. Commentators offer varied observations and interpretations of this verse, but after reading a fair amount of them and reflecting here are


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