The Blog of Pastor Jude St. John

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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  • Mar28Tue

    I said the “CP” Word

    March 28, 2017

    We had an absolute blast at our Annual General Meeting!

    That statement is clearly (I hope) hyperbolic. Our AGM at West London Alliance Church was a nice evening, maybe even fun, but calling it a blast is a bit much.

    Nevertheless, I left the meeting encouraged and edified. It is always helpful to remember the many blessings God has poured out...

  • Mar21Tue

    A Conference for the Body

    March 21, 2017
    One thing we desired to see, even before we both became lead pastors, was a local conference where people in this area would be edified and encouraged by pastors and theologians who could speak to various topics in a helpful and engaging manner. The purpose of this post, at least in part, is to inform you readers that this shared desire has come to fruition as we announce the Corporis Conference.
  • Mar13Mon

    Legalism: The Ancient Work of Satan

    March 13, 2017 by Jude St. John
    Ferguson notes the standard, evangelical definition of legalism: “Trying to earn your salvation by doing good works.” This definition is accurate, as far as it goes, but Ferguson notes that legalism is significantly ‘bigger and badder’ than the definition indicates when he writes, “around and underneath [legalism], there gathers a web that extends more widely, which is woven intricately and invisibly to trap the unwary. And the web is always much stronger than we imagine, for legalism is a much more subtle reality than we tend to assume.”
  • Mar6Mon

    Divine Love Would Have Put You There

    March 6, 2017 by Jude St. John
    The Spurgeon quotation was specifically employed to deal with the line “This God–his way is perfect” and indirectly with the first four lines of this excerpt. The point I was making in the sermon was that God is perfect in all his dealings with each one of us, particularly in regards to believers.  Here is the line from Morning and Evening that I shared: “Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” I think it is worth your while to read the devotional that this quote came from in its entirety.
  • Feb27Mon

    What Is Amazing About The Sheep and the Goat Passage?

    February 27, 2017 by Jude St. John
    Our union with Christ is a stunning doctrine that stretches my imagination and stimulates my devotion.
  • Feb21Tue

    Looking for Patience

    February 21, 2017
    It is the advice that Flavel preached in regards to growing in patience that I’d like to share in this post.
  • Feb13Mon

    Three Books on Marriage

    February 13, 2017 by Jude St. John
    In fact these are the three best books on marriage I have read and recommend all of them to you. I thought I would bring these three books on marriage to your attention because I think there would be a significant benefit in reading them as a package. The differences in the books make them, in my opinion, great companions to each other.
  • Feb6Mon

    Argumentative Prayers: A Case Study

    February 6, 2017 by Jude St. John
    ...a prayer gathering at our church where we employed argumentative prayers and a sermon by John Flavel, caused me to reconsider my departure from this topic and, indeed, to write a bit more about it.
  • Jan30Mon

    Admiring Total Depravity

    January 30, 2017
    '...the fact that God saves some people from their total depravity is reason to admire, adore, and applaud because the only explanation for this is grace."
  • Jan23Mon

    Prayer as Argument

    January 23, 2017 by Jude St. John

    “Oh, that I knew where I might find [God], that I might come even to his seat! I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.” – Job 23:3, 4