Spurgeon College player prepping for the next level • Biblical Recorder

Spurgeon College player prepping for the next level • Biblical Recorder
Photo courtesy of Spurgeon College.
Jude Warren directs the enjoy even though Spurgeon University head coach Billy Livezey, standing, gives orders.

KANSAS Town, Mo. (BP) There was a time in his life when basketball was the only thing that made perception to Jude Warren. It was his anchor. It was what kept him from going in the mistaken course.

A salvation expertise ahead of his junior 12 months in high university changed basketball with a enjoy for Jesus. That led to a renewed focus in existence. His really like for the sport didnt wane, but with a new outlook Warren went on to a document-breaking occupation for Spurgeon School and a Countrywide Player of the Year award this time.

It also led to his research as an M.Div. pupil at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There, he prepares for pastoral ministry and seeks to persuade people that daily life isnt a video game.

Self-inflicted wounds

I would get offended at individuals for compact points, Warren stated of his younger life. There was a ton of injury I would bring about that harm associations with family members and buddies.

The only individual he didnt seem to be to get mad at was his brother Nicholas, seven and a fifty percent decades older and a fellow basketball junkie. He was also the strongest illustration of a Christian at the time for Warren.

I admired him a great deal, he claimed. Viewing him enjoy basketball made me want to do it also, to impress him.

Equally had their time as guards for the Circle Substantial Faculty Thunderbirds in Towanda, Kan., but the similarities stopped there. Nicholas was a Steve Nash-kind who concentrated on assists as substantially as details. Jude idolized Jordan, Kobe and Tracy McGrady, valuing scoring higher than all.

Basketball was bonding, but also powerful.

8-calendar year-previous Jude obtained his very first win of any type versus his brother in an NBA2K recreation with a Yao Ming 50 %-courtroom shot. It occurred for actual on the court when he was a junior in substantial school. When Nicholas turned 30, while, he served see on Jude and his workforce in a Circle High alumni sport by dropping 50 points.

The road to Kansas City

Just after superior college Warren went on to engage in at close by Butler Community College or university. It wasnt the best environment for him spiritually. In addition, he was annoyed by a absence of taking part in time. The practical experience virtually did the unthinkable and pushed him away from basketball.

His pastor at To start with Baptist Towanda, David Gibbs, grew to become a supply of assist that steered him again in a lot more methods than 1.

I truly leaned into him and we formulated a marriage that led to me main our youth team, Warren said. Through that I grew a motivation to lead in ministry to the issue that I was likely to leave basketball.

Gibbs suggested him to go to seminary. The a person wherever hed graduated Midwestern would be a wonderful put to commence. But initially, Warren wanted an undergraduate degree. It just so occurred that Midwestern experienced a university, Spurgeon Higher education, to satisfy that need.

And wouldntyaknowit, Spurgeon also experienced a basketball team.


The Knights needed enable, even though. Warren professional consecutive a few-get seasons before Billy Livezey arrived as head coach in May well 2022.

Possessing been a section of drastic turnarounds at other schools as an assistant, Livezey introduced a perform-the-right-way, team-first society in his very first head coaching position. It labored, with Spurgeon heading 14-8 the most wins in faculty history and soaring to 7th in the nationwide ability rankings.

This time, the Knights high-octane offense propelled them to their initially playoff win and a operate to the semifinals of the NCCAA event. Warren completed with 26 details and six helps in the 93-85 gain above Campbellsville College for third spot.

For the period, Warren averaged 26 points a match with a substantial of 48 towards Kansas Christian School on Feb. 22. He also had three triple-doubles and was 3 steals small of a quadruple-double in the period-opener from Central Christian.

Livezeys devotion to preparing turned obvious to Warren times into the formers leadership. In the summer season right after Livezey was hired, Warren occurred to generate by the head coachs place of work at 2 a.m. and noticed a gentle on.

It turned a typical sight. As faculty students like Warren are prone to get late-night desires for a snack, he would continually see his head mentor in his place of work.

And then there had been the techniques. When a new coach arrives to a software the place Ws have been scarce, the very first point on his mind is to find out who is prepared to shell out the selling price that modify requires.

I was undoubtedly examined, claimed Warren. But Im incredibly blessed and grateful that we have a mentor who is a guy of God and extended grace to me. It was a grind and exceptionally hard, but its the typical.

Its not quick to be a winner.

Discipline and grace

Those people criteria of profitable prolong further than the courtroom. Basketball is a large amount, but even for the 30-12 months-old Livezey, it isnt every thing.

I adore these guys, he told BP. Gods self-discipline comes from a position of adore. When I glance at our gamers, I see myself and destinations exactly where Ive fallen small. But my heavenly Father enjoys me and has revealed me grace.

I want them to choose lessons like that when they grow to be a husband, father, possibly even a coach.

Warrens student lifetime at Spurgeon has opened up his calling to pastoral ministry.

I arrived below with no awareness of theology and a tiny comprehending of Scripture, he reported. The pupils and staff are awesome. You construct interactions in the classroom but also over lunch.

Livezeys star participant loves the sport, but the mentor also is aware of thats not all.

No a single cares about Spurgeon basketball much more than Jude, he reported. He thinks its the No. 1 spot to engage in as a Christian male. You can explain to by his enthusiasm when he plays and when he speaks.

But hes also passionate about Christ. He cares about building war from sin each working day. Ive seen Jesus seriously sanctify his lifetime, and thats the most essential aspect.

(EDITORS Notice – Scott Barkley is nationwide correspondent for Baptist Press.)