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In The Trenches

One of the things I love about football is its applicability to life. So much of what happens on the football field corresponds to our experience of living. And in particular, one can draw many parallels between the game of football and our life of faith in Jesus Christ. Most of my years playing football were played “in the trenches.” That is, I was an offensive lineman who plied my trade on the line of scrimmage. That no-man’s-land of much physical violence between opposing forces which derives its name from the battle situations of the World Wars. That place which seems, as often as not, to be an experience much like our lives. I hope to communicate with you a few things that will hopefully be of some help as you fight the good fight of faith. And since I am in this battle too, you might consider that I write these thoughts as I live my life for God in the trenches. 

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  • True Worshipers Keep Singing: Second Verse

    April 9, 2018 by Jude St. John
    Last week I interacted with a section from Bob Kauflin’s book True Worshipers. I took a look at some common questions that church-goers have in regards to singing. This week, as promised, I continue with the rest of the questions Kauflin deals with in the chapter called “Worship and Perseverance.”
  • True Worshipers Keep Singing

    April 4, 2018 by Jude St. John
    But for now, whether you feel you can’t sing, or you don’t feel like singing, I encourage you to sing on!
  • This past Sunday the topic for the sermon was adoption; the glorious truth that through the redemption of Christ God the Father brings sinners into his family. We encouraged to see in the beautiful act the great love that the Father has for us. For this week’s post, I simply share with you a song. I threw a forgotten CD—that’s...

  • If you have been around West London Alliance Church longer than a couple of weeks, you are likely to have heard me say that, in terms of our philosophy of ministry, we focus on faithfulness over fruitfulness. In saying this, I am trying to promote the biblical idea that we—as individuals and as a church—are called to be faithful and that it is in fact God’s work to make us fruitful.
  • Mar8Thu

    Preaching God’s Wrath

    March 8, 2018
    We are 3 sermons into our Images of the Atonement series and perhaps you’ve been surprised by how often the preachers have spoken about God’s wrath.
  • Satisfaction in Scripture

    The Rolling Stones couldn't "get no satisfaction," but God will be satisfied. February 19, 2018 by Jude St. John
    Though the word itself—satisfaction—does not necessarily occur in Scripture as a term for this doctrine, Scripture nevertheless teaches this doctrine from start to finish. God’s Word indicates that God must be satisfied, that is, He must “be himself and act according to the perfection of his nature or ‘name’” (124).
  • Feb15Thu

    Gravity and Majesty

    February 15, 2018
    "If we reinterpret sin as a lapse instead of a rebellion, and God as indulgent instead of indignant, then naturally the cross appears superfluous. But to dethrone God and enthrone ourselves not only dispenses with the cross; it also degrades both God and man."
  • The Intolerance of God

    February 9, 2018
    Stott notes five biblical metaphors that Scripture’s authors use to portray and describe God’s hatred of sin and his incompatibility with it.
  • Unexhausted Fountains of Sin

    January 29, 2018
    “Strengthen us against temptation, for our hearts are unexhausted fountains of sin, rivers of corruption since our earliest days, flowing out in all our patterns of behavior.”
  • Jan15Mon

    The Deity of Christ: Biblical or Fanciful?

    January 15, 2018 by Jude St. John

    Orthodox Christianity purports that the man Jesus Christ if fully God. He is the second member of the Trinity; God the Son. But, is this what the Bible teaches? Or is this something that, somewhere along the way, somebody made up to make the whole Christianity thing a little bit more important. If Jesus was just a man, than he isn’t really...