Author Archives: Scott Aniol

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Sing to the Lord a New Song

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Sing to the Lord a New Song You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

It has always been a characteristic of God’s people that they are a singing people. This was Paul’s admonition when he commanded Christians in Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5 to sing. Early church father John Chrysostom emphasized the power of singing when he said, “Nothing so arouses the soul, gives it wings, sets it free… Continue Reading

On the Authority of Scripture’s Form

On the Authority of Scripture’s Form

The church did not simply draw up lists of crucial beliefs but actually canonized particular texts with particular shapes. The implication would seem to be that the particular form of the writings is constitutive of, rather than incidental to, the theological construal of the whole. -C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays, “What Is a Geological Commentary?” Pro Ecclesia… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 33: Babylon Invades Judah

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 33: Babylon Invades Judah

This entry is part 33 of 33 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 33: Babylon Invades Judah Weekly memory verse: Psalm 86:11 – “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” Weekly hymn: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” (free download) Weekly catechism: What is sanctification? Sanctification is the work of God’s Spirit by which… Continue Reading

From Classical to Modern Education

From Classical to Modern Education

We can say that classical education is teaching students how to think and what to do—which is just another way of saying “wisdom and virtue” . . . At the turn of the twentieth century . . . the old classical curriculum was slowly replaced by the new progressivism . . . A curriculum that stressed how to… Continue Reading

The Conservative Philosophy of Culture and Worship

The Conservative Philosophy of Culture and Worship

Last week I offered a brief synopsis of the standard evangelical progressive philosophy of culture and worship. Today, I’d like to offer a simple counterpoint to that view. This conservative philosophy, of course, is a central focus of much of what we write here at Religious Affections, and this post is not meant to be… Continue Reading

Form and Content in Music

Form and Content in Music

This is good from Greg Wilbur: Too often music is thought about as if the notes are the form and the lyrics are the content. In actuality, the lyrics have form and content, the music has form and content, and the marriage of text and notes have another layer of form and content. For example,… Continue Reading

The Salvation of Susan Pevensie

The Salvation of Susan Pevensie

A beautiful meditation on one of my favorite books: Why does the apparent apostasy of Susan seem like a gaping narratival hole that doesn’t fit with any part of the larger story? I want to argue that it does not seem to fit because it really doesn’t fit. My intention is to show that a… Continue Reading

What We Lose When Hymnbooks Disappear

What We Lose When Hymnbooks Disappear

From our modern vantage point, perhaps we might see hymnals as outdated accessories of a worship service. But hymnbooks have served (and still may serve) a larger purpose. These books were the way children learned to read, the way illiterate congregants were able to apply a sermon, the way families instructed their children (and paved… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 32: Jeremiah

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 32: Jeremiah

This entry is part 32 of 33 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 32: Jeremiah Weekly memory verse: Jeremiah 23:5 – Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. Weekly hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (free download) Weekly… Continue Reading

Larry Norman’s Goal and Reflections

Larry Norman’s Goal and Reflections

Larry Norman is often credited as having been influential in sparking the Contemporary Christian Music Movement, with his famous question, “Why does the devil have all the good music?” Ed Stezer just posted an email exchange that he had with Norman in 2004 that’s pretty enlightening for a couple reasons. First, the email clearly identifies… Continue Reading

The Progressive Philosophy of Culture and Worship

The Progressive Philosophy of Culture and Worship

One of our primary objectives at Religious Affections Ministries is to carefully articulate a biblical conservative philosophy of Christianity. We try to primarily focus on what we are for rather than simply what we are against. However, it is helpful at times to examine opposing views, which helps to contrast views we consider in error with what… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 31: The Fall of Israel

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 31: The Fall of Israel

This entry is part 31 of 33 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 31: The Fall of Israel Weekly memory verse: Romans 5:1 – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Weekly hymn: “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (free download) Weekly catechism: What is justification? Justification is an act of God’s free grace in… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 30: Jonah

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 30: Jonah

This entry is part 30 of 33 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 30: Jonah Weekly memory verse: Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Weekly hymn: “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” (free download) Weekly catechism: What benefits in this life come from repentant faith in Jesus Christ? Those who… Continue Reading

Limited Time: Hymnal with KJV Scripture

Limited Time: Hymnal with KJV Scripture

Due to a church request, we are producing an edition of Hymns to the Living God that contains all Scripture texts in King James Version (our regular hymnal has ESV). All other contents of the hymnal will remain the same. We are printing a limited quantity of the KJV edition of the hymnal, and this will likely… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 29: Turn to God

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 29: Turn to God

This entry is part 29 of 33 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 29: Turn to God Weekly memory verse: Acts 3:19 – “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.” Weekly hymn: “How Blest Is He Whose Trespass” (free download) Weekly catechism: What is repentance unto life? Repentance unto life is a saving grace, by which I turn from my sin to… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 28: Elisha’s Continuing Ministry

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 28: Elisha’s Continuing Ministry

This entry is part 28 of 33 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 28: Elisha’s Continuing Ministry Weekly memory verse: Ephesians 2:8–9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. “ Weekly hymn: “God, Be Merciful to Me” (free download) Weekly… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 27: The Start of Elisha’s Ministry

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 27: The Start of Elisha’s Ministry

This entry is part 27 of 33 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 27: The Start of Elisha’s Ministry Weekly memory verse: Romans 10:9 – “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Weekly hymn: “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” (free download) Weekly catechism: How are you made… Continue Reading