Introduction to By the Waters of Babylon
The following is an excerpt from By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture by Scott Aniol (Kregel, 2015). By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a [more]
Habits
Last week I suggested that data transmission alone does not create disciples. Rather, we must focus upon the heart's inclinations in order to shape one's behavior. With the limits of data transmission in mind, what will it take, then to nurture true discipleship? If cultivating holy behavior requires influencing the heart’s inclinations, how does this take place? First, we must recognize that there is a difference between what we might call higher and lower [more]
Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 1
With only the possible exception of Galatians, 2 Corinthians is the most personally revealing letter that Paul wrote to a church. While good men differ on the precise timeline of events and correspondence that led to the writing of 2 Corinthians, I understand it to be the fourth letter from Paul to Corinth. And in the absence of compelling external evidence, I also hold 2 Corinthians to be a single letter and not a composite. Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church seems to have taken a bad turn shortly after he moved on to his next church planting opportunity. [more]
T. David Gordon’s Foreword to By the Waters of Babylon
The following is the foreword to By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post Christian Culture by Scott Aniol. The surprising acrimony that sometimes attended the “worship wars” of the last several decades suggested that we were talking past each other; that what we were talking about was somehow the tip of a larger, undiscussed iceberg beneath the surface. Almost all of us who have written about it have encountered opponents who misrepresented us substantially, if not entirely—not because they intended to do so, but because there are and were blindspots in the conversation, omissions that made it [more]
There are no conservative hermits
The following is excerpted and adapted from an address that I had the privilege of [more]
Make Disciples
Last week I argued that culture is essentially the behavior of a people. Here is [more]
Consecration, Conformity to Christ and Private Worship
True worship never leaves the worshipper unchanged. To behold glory is to be transformed by [more]