West London Alliance Church

The Blog of Pastor Jude St. John

  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,

TBT@ITT: Keller on Discerning Idols

In 2008 I began blogging. From then until sometime in 2014, I posted a fair amount of content. I'm going to reuse-recycle some of that material every Thursday here at In the Trenches. It will be TBT@ITT, or Throwback Thursday at In the Trenches. Enjoy!In the epilogue of Counterfeit Gods Keller addresses the question "How can we discern our

Praying Before I Preach

I thought (hope) some of you might find this interesting. This is the outline of the prayer I pray on a Sunday morning before I'm going to preach. I've collected these lists and compiled them together. I cannot remember where I got them from. As a former English teacher it bothers me that I'm not citing the sources properly, but just know I'm