Author Archives: Scott Aniol

Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response

Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln established an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November. Most of us look forward to this holiday, a day on which we eat good food, enjoy time with family and friends, and perhaps watch some football. And we will probably set aside at… Continue Reading

A Song of Corporate Worship

A Song of Corporate Worship

This entry is part of 3 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Last week in our discussion of Psalm 130 for today, we saw that this is one of seven of the penitential psalms, psalms that express repentance from sin and a call to God for mercy. Yet this is not simply an expression of individual repentance; this psalm is meant to be used in the context… Continue Reading

The Influence of Pentecostalism on the Creation of Contemporary Worship

The Influence of Pentecostalism on the Creation of Contemporary Worship

Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth’s new history of contemporary worship, Lovin’ on Jesus, is a very helpful concise assessment of the formation and characteristics of the contemporary worship phenomenon. The authors, although clearly sympathetic to the movement, are objective in their treatment of the influences and priorities of contemporary worship. Among several factors the authors… Continue Reading

Ron Horton on Christian Taste in Entertainment

Ron Horton on Christian Taste in Entertainment

Ron Horton, a philosophy professor at Bob Jones University, recently gave a presentation on Christian taste that is excellent and well-worth reading. Here’s a snippet: What is the God’s-eye view of present-day art and art entertainment in what is called the post-Christian world? This question meets surprising resistance from Christians who one might think would… Continue Reading

A Song of Penitence

A Song of Penitence

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Psalm 130 is one of seven psalms that church tradition has labeled the “penitential psalms” (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143), another way of saying “songs of repentance.” This penitential psalm includes all of the necessary elements of heartfelt confession to the Lord. The psalm has four stanzas, each progressively expressing true repentance. In… Continue Reading

Pre-order Hymns to the Living God Pew Edition

Pre-order Hymns to the Living God Pew Edition

The Church Pew Edition of Hymns to the Living God is printing soon, and we are now taking pre-orders. All pre-orders must be placed by January 1, 2018. The Church Pew Edition will be a professional sewn hard case with slate gray cloth cover and gold foil stamped title on cover and spine. Our printer prints all of… Continue Reading

Should We Sing Repentance?

Should We Sing Repentance?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

First John 1:9 commands us as Christians to regularly confess our sins to God as part of our progressive sanctification: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Here is a simple, clear statement of our need for repentance. We should… Continue Reading

A Fantastic Presentation on What it Means to Be Conservative

A Fantastic Presentation on What it Means to Be Conservative

Dr. Mark Snoeberger recently presented on the subject, “The Conservative Impulse: Why the Past Matters for Tomorrow” at Huron Baptist Church’s (Flat Rock, MI) Reformation Day 500 Conference. It is an outstanding summary of what it means to be biblicaly conservative. All of the sessions from that conference are available here, all of which are… Continue Reading

Repentance Hymns

Repentance Hymns

This weekend I am speaking the the National Center for Family Integrated Churches Conference in Asheville, NC. The theme of the conference is “Repentance: The Reformation Continues.” I have been asked to speak on the topic, “Repentance Through Singing in Corporate Worship.” I am going to preach from Psalm 130, one of the seven “Penitential… Continue Reading

Reformation Hymns

Reformation Hymns

Reformation Sunday is coming up on October 29, and this year is particularly special since we are celebrating the 500 year anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. In our church, each year on Reformation Sunday we sing Reformation hymns, that is, hymns that in some way connect to the Reformers and the movement they… Continue Reading

Steve Thomas on How to Preach David and Goliath

Steve Thomas on How to Preach David and Goliath

I was surprised how much interest there was to an article I linked to that cautioned against typical “Christocentric” preaching of Old Testament texts when the original intent of given texts had nothing to do with Christ. For those interested, this sermon by Pastor Steve Thomas addresses this very issue really well. Continue Reading

David and Goliath is not about Jesus

David and Goliath is not about Jesus

This is a helpful article that explains the danger of “finding Christ in every text of Scripture,” when many texts, especially in the Old Testament, were never intended to be taken this way. In essence, the Christocentric hermeneutic attempts to find Christ as the subject or topic of every text. It desires to show that… Continue Reading

How to use Hymnary.org with Hymns to the Living God

How to use Hymnary.org with Hymns to the Living God

We have included several indices in Hymns to the Living God to aid in finding hymns. These include: Index of Authors, Composers, and Sources Index of Readings Index of Scripture Paraphrases and Versifications Metrical Index of Tunes Alphabetical Index of Tunes Alphabetical Index of Titles and First Lines We are also very pleased that Hymns to the… Continue Reading