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

“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 (slate.com) 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


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