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
    • The Works of John Newton: Volume 3 by John Newton
    • Missions by Andy Johnson
    • The Gospel-Driven Church by Jared Wilson
    • Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
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  • "One branch of the death due to sin, is the tyranny and power of Satan."
  • A Plan for Reading in 2019

    January 11, 2019 by Jude St. John

    I find it helpful to make some plans about reading at the start of each New Year. I have been practicing this for a few years and find it to be motivating to get into books and stick with it throughout the year. I have three goals I will pursue in 2019.


    First, I plan to start the year off with something from Jonathan Edwards. I believe...

  • Top Books of 2018

    January 7, 2019 by Jude St. John

    Hopefully you read my post on my reading from 2018. If not, you can see it here . Of the 40 or so books I read, I can gladly report that I wouldn’t classify any of them as “not worth reading.” All of them were worthwhile and I would commend each one for various reasons.


    That being said, there were some I appreciated more...

  • A Year of Reading - 2018

    January 3, 2019 by Jude St. John
    At the beginning of each year for 9 years I have blogged about the reading I did the previous year.  And now I am at it again.
  • True Worshipers Keep Singing: Second Verse

    April 9, 2018 by Jude St. John
    Last week I interacted with a section from Bob Kauflin’s book True Worshipers. I took a look at some common questions that church-goers have in regards to singing. This week, as promised, I continue with the rest of the questions Kauflin deals with in the chapter called “Worship and Perseverance.”
  • True Worshipers Keep Singing

    April 4, 2018 by Jude St. John
    But for now, whether you feel you can’t sing, or you don’t feel like singing, I encourage you to sing on!
  • This past Sunday the topic for the sermon was adoption; the glorious truth that through the redemption of Christ God the Father brings sinners into his family. We encouraged to see in the beautiful act the great love that the Father has for us. For this week’s post, I simply share with you a song. I threw a forgotten CD—that’s...

  • If you have been around West London Alliance Church longer than a couple of weeks, you are likely to have heard me say that, in terms of our philosophy of ministry, we focus on faithfulness over fruitfulness. In saying this, I am trying to promote the biblical idea that we—as individuals and as a church—are called to be faithful and that it is in fact God’s work to make us fruitful.
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    Preaching God’s Wrath

    March 8, 2018
    We are 3 sermons into our Images of the Atonement series and perhaps you’ve been surprised by how often the preachers have spoken about God’s wrath.
  • Satisfaction in Scripture

    The Rolling Stones couldn't "get no satisfaction," but God will be satisfied. February 19, 2018 by Jude St. John
    Though the word itself—satisfaction—does not necessarily occur in Scripture as a term for this doctrine, Scripture nevertheless teaches this doctrine from start to finish. God’s Word indicates that God must be satisfied, that is, He must “be himself and act according to the perfection of his nature or ‘name’” (124).