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. 

Books I've Read in 2019

    • John Newton by Jonathan Aitken
    • Supernatural Power for Everyday People by Jared Wilson
    • The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
    • The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Philips
    • Biblical Theology by Nick Roark and Robert Cline
    • Understanding the Lord's Supper by Bobby Jamieson
    • The Works of John Newton: Volume 1 by John Newton
    • Understanding the Congregation's Authority by Jonathan Leeman
    • Pierced for Our Transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Mike Ovey, and Andrew Sach
    • The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley
    • The Works of John Newton: Volume 2 by John Newton
    • Heart to Heart: Octavius Winslow's Experimental Preaching by Tanner G. Turley
    • The Inquirer Directed to an Experimental and Practical View of the Atonement by Octavius Winslow
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Archives

  • 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...

  • Jan8Mon

    Why Not Make It Obvious?

    January 8, 2018
    After a rigorous and enlightening section on the divinity of Christ, Wellum poses a question that many Christians and non-Christians alike ask: Why doesn’t the Bible make Jesus’s divinity more obvious?
  • A Year of Reading: 2017

    January 2, 2018 by Jude St. John

    Before I look back at the year that was and the reading that accompanied it, let me look forward to some reading I’m planning for 2018. If you haven’t heard about Corporis Preparatory Reading (CPR) yet, let me give you a brief summary.

    CPR is our attempt, at West London Alliance, at accomplishing two things: first, we endeavour to do...

  • Dec18Mon

    Some Heart Work for 2018

    Reading for our hearts and for Corporis Conference 2018 December 18, 2017 by Jude St. John

    Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to guard our hearts because it is the source of life (CSB). The ESV renders it this way: Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Keeping or guarding our hearts is a duty of great significance for all of us.

    So how do we keep our heart? What can we do to guard this source of...

  • 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.