Browing category Theology


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

“What is Marriage?” An Article from the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

This journal article was published by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Slate ( has called it the best [secular] argument against gay marriage. Abstract:  In the article, we [Sherif Girgis,Robert George and Ryan T. Anderson] argue that as a moral reality, marriage is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive


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

Doctrine of Saints Perseverance

The truth which I have proposed to handle, and whose defence I have undertaken in the ensuing discourse, is commonly called THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS; a doctrine whereof nothing ordinary, low, or common, is spoken by any that have engaged into the consideration of it. To some it is the very salt fo the covenant

What is antinomy?

What is antinomy? The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines it as ‘a contradiction between conclusions which seem equally logical, reasonable or necessary.’ For our purposes, however, this definition is not quite accurate; the opening words should read ‘an appearance of contradiction.’ For the whole point of an antinomy—in theology, at any rate—is that it is

Socraticism and Christianity: incompatible?

[a little context] Earlier today Cornel West tweeted: “Socraticism and Christianity: At the end of the day you have to choose.” Without too much thought I re-tweeted his comment, and in response to this re-tweet I was asked by a friend if I agreed with Mr. West (because, if you don’t already know re-tweeting should

the NICENE creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one


“Lose the importunity of prayer … lose the real conflict of will and will, lose the habit of wrestling and the hope of prevailing with God, make it mere walking with God in friendly talk; and precious as that is, yet you tend to lose the reality of prayer at last.” –P.T. Forsyth


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