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The Blog of Pastor Jude St. John

From October 14, 2009:The Deceit of Indwelling SinThese quotes have been gleaned from Triumph Over Temptation by John Owen as edited by James M. Houston. They come from the third chapter entitled The Deceit of Indwelling Sin.Every lust is deceitful-not inherently so, but because of what is communicated to it by this law of sin.
I’m still working the through The Works of John Newton as per my reading plan for 2019. Thanks to 24 hours of flight time in going to Iraq and returning home, I am back on pace to finish all 6 volumes by the end of the year. In Volume 5, which I am in now, you will find a collection of letters John Newton wrote to his wife while he was

TBT@ITT: John Frame on a Loving/Hating God

From October 23, 2009:This is interesting: "God is love," then, implies that from eternity past, God has had an implacable hatred of evil. That hatred is not separable from his perfect nature. It is a necessary and defining attribute, not a merely accidental or relational one. "God hates evil" gives us a profound description of his character.
We have been studying the Book of Ruth in our life group. In this season we have decided to simply study God’s Word. Not a book. Not a video series. Not even any Bible study resources. We just gather around God’s Word and, with the help of God’s Spirit, endeavour to engage with Scripture. It has been wonderful. One aspect of

TBT@ITT: Jonathan Edwards on God's Testing

From November 7, 2009:Jonathan Edwards explains that God does not test men so He can find evidence they are indeed sincere. Rather, He test them, already knowing their response to the test, so that He can show them where their hearts are. For when God is said by these things to try men, and prove them, to see what is in their hearts, and
  Clearly, John Newton never commented directly on blogging. This pastor, author, and hymn writer lived primarily in the 1700s dying early in the 19th century. Nevertheless, I believe we can surmise what he would have thought about blogging by evaluating instructions he gave to those who would pursue the ministry. The instructions appear in

TBT@ITT: Wayne Grudem on Regeneration

I am participating in a small group studying the ordo salutis or, in English, the order of salvation. This week we are looking into regeneration. The doctrine of regeneration was one of the main 'arguments' that convinced me that reformed theology was in fact an accurate representation of the truth; at least more accurate than what I had

A Prayer for Unity

“Jesus, thank you for your willingness to allow your physical body to be shattered and broken to establish the unity of your spiritual body, the church.”

TBT@ITT: John Frame on the Aseity of God

From The Doctrine of God by John Frame:Support for the general aseity (independence, self-existence, self-sufficiency, self-containment) of God: God owns all things - Gen. 14:19, 22; Ps. 24:1; Ps. 50:10-12 Everything possessed by creatures comes from God - Ex. 20:11; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 146:5-6 When we give something back to God,