Author Archives: Scott Aniol

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 21: The Davidic Covenant

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 21: The Davidic Covenant

This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 21: The Davidic Covenant Weekly memory verse: Luke 1:68–69 – “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people  and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.” Weekly hymn: “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing” (free download) Weekly catechism:… Continue Reading

Vocation

Vocation

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Last week I mentioned that the common evangelical view of kingdom theology has led to errant thinking about Christian work in society that either dismisses the validity of work other than “full time Christian service” or (more recently) validates work in society by insisting that it is “kingdom work.” A proper understanding of the two… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 20: David Becomes King

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 20: David Becomes King

This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 20: David Becomes King Weekly memory verse: Psalm 20:7 – “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Weekly hymn: “Rejoice, the Lord is King” (free download) Weekly catechism: Why must the Redeemer be a true and righteous human? The Redeemer must be… Continue Reading

Resident Aliens

Resident Aliens

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

There is a real sense in which Christians, analogous to Israel in exile, are dual citizens—resident aliens. Christians are first and foremost citizens of the redemptive kingdom, but they are also citizens of God’s Universal common Kingdom along with every other human being. And thus, Christians contribute to society, submit to and pray for governmental… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 19: The Pursuit of David

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 19: The Pursuit of David

This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 19: The Pursuit of David Weekly memory verse: Psalm 27:1 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Weekly hymn: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (free download) Weekly catechism: What kind of Redeemer must… Continue Reading

Residents

Residents

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Last time, we considered the fact that Scripture describes Christians as exiles who are not of the world and must not love or be conformed to the world. Instead, we should consider ourselves distinct from the unbelieving peoples and cultures around us. Yet this is not the complete picture of the Christian situation. The presence… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 18: David and Saul

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 18: David and Saul

This entry is part 18 of 21 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 18: David and Saul Weekly memory verse: Psalm 18:1–2 – “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Weekly hymn: “Be Thou My Vision” Weekly… Continue Reading

Why equating culture with ethnicity is inherently racist

Why equating culture with ethnicity is inherently racist

Despite my many protestations (including a whole book addressing the topic), it is still quite common within Evangelical circles to equate culture and ethnicity. I was recently reminded of this when a popular evangelical leader argued in a well-publicized conference that in order to repair what he believes to be systemic racial divides within evangelicalism,… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 17: Saul’s Rise and Fall

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 17: Saul’s Rise and Fall

This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 17: Saul’s Rise and Fall Weekly memory verse: 1 Samuel 15:22 – “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” Weekly hymn: “Jesus Shall Reign” (free download) Weekly… Continue Reading

The church’s mission is not societal transformation

The church’s mission is not societal transformation

The church’s primary responsibility in this age is gospel proclamation and making disciples. Members of the church are destined to reign over a restored earth when Jesus returns. But in this age before Jesus comes again, the church’s mission is not cultural or societal transformation. This does not mean the church has no concern for… Continue Reading

Exiles

Exiles

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Over the past several weeks, I have shown how Scripture describes the rule of God in two ways, in terms of his sovereign universal rule over all things, and in terms of his redemptive rule over his chosen people. I’ve made the argument that the union of these two “kingdoms” will not take place until… Continue Reading

What do “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” mean?

What do “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” mean?

The New Testament does not have a whole lot to say about music specifically, but the two primary passages that do, Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, have certainly created a lot of debate and speculation. In particular, Christians have long puzzled over the meaning of the terms psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in these passages. In the most… Continue Reading

Review of The Worship Pastor by Zac Hicks

Review of The Worship Pastor by Zac Hicks

Recently an increasing number of voices from among contemporary worship leaders have arisen to challenge the common performance mentality and encourage a ministry mindset. Zac Hicks, Canon for Worship and Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL, adds his contribution to this growing list with The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 16: Samuel and Saul

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 16: Samuel and Saul

This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 16: Samuel and Saul Weekly memory verse: Luke 1:46–48 – “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call be blessed.” Weekly hymn: O Worship the King (free download) Weekly… Continue Reading

The New Heaven and New Earth

The New Heaven and New Earth

According to Paul, creation waits “with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19) and “the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (8:21). To understand Paul’s point, it is important to remember that this present… Continue Reading

Future Union of the Two Kingdoms

Future Union of the Two Kingdoms

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The nation of Israel was a union of the Universal and Redemptive rules of God on earth, but as we saw last week, the nation’s disobedience and indifference resulted in a termination of that union when God’s Shekinah glory departed from the Temple. This does not cancel God’s promise that one day the two kingdoms… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 15: Ruth and Boaz

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 15: Ruth and Boaz

This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 15: Ruth and Boaz Weekly memory verse: Psalm 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sigh, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Weekly hymn: The Heavens Declare Thy Glory, Lord (Free download) Weekly catechism: What is sin? Sin is any transgression against… Continue Reading

Israel and the Two Kingdoms

Israel and the Two Kingdoms

Nationally, Israel was a religious-political entity—a theocracy, a God-ruled institution. Israel was basically a governmental entity that had a very wide social dimension much of which was peculiar to the nation. The Law of Moses expressed the divinely-given legal covenant that forged the Hebrew tribes into a kingdom of priests (Exod 19:6); it codified the… Continue Reading