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The Blog of Pastor Jude St. John

Originally posted January 6, 2009: We have a saying in the football locker-room: "Bug the ones you like!" You have to have thick skin in a locker-room. Teammates are constantly poking fun, mocking, teasing, fooling, and bothering one another. But it is important to remember that if someone is "ragging" on you, it is probably because he likes

Sparrows, Sproul, Hymns, and Providence

This morning, while on the treadmill, I read a booklet written by R. C. Sproul entitled Does God Control Everything? which is part of an excellent series authored by Sproul called “The Crucial Questions Series”. On a side note, these are perfect for reading on the treadmill. I can read them on my iPad in 45-50 minutes which is a
Originally posted January 3, 2009:I was at my sister's place last night and after dinner my sister and her husband and my wife and I talked. As is usually the case, with 9 children between the two couples, our conversation covers many topics about our children. Their activities, growth, idiosyncrasies, strengths, and flaws all make their way

Newton's Portrait

From a collection of 21 letters to a Christian couple, there is an interesting piece of writing that John Newton delivers to his friends. His first lines in this particular letter set him up for this “off the beaten path” prose that I find so intriguing. Early in the letter Newton notes that when he receives letters from the husband

TBT@ITT: Sam Storms on Common Grace

First posted October 3, 2009:This excerpt is from Sam Storm's website : The common grace of God has been variously defined. According to Charles Hodge, the Bible teaches that "the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth, of holiness, and of life in all its forms, is present with every human mind, enforcing truth, restraining from evil, exciting to
  I have been reading in community with some Christian friends. We try and meet once a week to discuss a chapter from Wayne Grudem’s book on ethics called Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning. This book is chock full of helpful information and analysis. Of particular interest to me today was his chapter called

Newton’s Wisdom in the Midst of Change

The following letter from John Newton to an undisclosed, recently married, lady known only as Mrs. C is below in its entirety as it appears in the 6th volume of The Works of John Newton. Newton’s writings in general, and his letters in particular, are a wealth of wisdom. There is much to be gleaned in even this one letter; Newton has

TBT@ITT: Spurgeon - Our faith is a person!

  First posted October 5, 2009: "Our faith is a person; the gospel that we have to preach is a person; and go wherever we may, we have something solid and tangible to preach, for our gospel is a person. If you had asked the twelve Apostles in their day, 'What do you believe in?' they would not have stopped to go round about with a long

One Thing

On October 27 of this year I preached on the following passage from the Gospel of Luke: Luke 10:38-42 ESV 38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to