Author Archives: Scott Aniol

Poetry and Scripture: Finding Truth Through Beauty

Poetry and Scripture: Finding Truth Through Beauty

A great explanation of the power of poetry, especially in communicating truth in ways that cannot be any other way: Poetry communicates primarily through images and association contrived by words or sounds. A well-written poem can often express the wrongness of abortion or the cruelty of slavery more powerfully and more persuasively than an articulate… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 39: Jesus Heals and Forgives

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 39: Jesus Heals and Forgives

This entry is part 39 of 39 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 39: Jesus Heals and Forgives Weekly memory verse: 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 – “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and… Continue Reading

Is there a specific will of God we’re supposed to discern?

Is there a specific will of God we’re supposed to discern?

Mark Snoeberger provides a helpful friendly counterpoint to Kevin Bauder’s series on knowing the will of God. He concludes: I conclude that the traditional view, while neither monolithic nor equally practiced, rests on a foundation of mysticism and a breach of the creator/creature distinction, both ideas which lead to additional theological/practical errors detailed here in this… Continue Reading

Singing as a Response and Witness

Singing as a Response and Witness

This entry is part 5 of 5 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.

Psalm 96 is a call to sing, and it gives us clear explanation of why we are supposed to sing. As we have already seen, the very structure of the psalm gives both calls to sing and reasons for that singing. So what, then, are the reasons David gives for singing to the Lord? Worthiness… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 38: Jesus’s Ministry in Galilee

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 38: Jesus’s Ministry in Galilee

This entry is part 38 of 39 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 38: Jesus’s Ministry in Galilee Weekly memory verse: Colossians 1:18 – “And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” Weekly hymn: “When Morning Gilds the Skies” (free download) Weekly catechism: What is the church? The church… Continue Reading

Apparently Orthodox Jews are giving in to pragamatism, too

Apparently Orthodox Jews are giving in to pragamatism, too

According to the New York Times, Rabbis Perry and Leah Berkowitz, a brother-and-sister pair who run “an unconventional congregation on the Upper East Side of Manhattan,” held nontraditional services on Rosh Hashana. The services contained a gospel choir and conga lines, and “touched on social and political themes including racism, anti-Semitism, Black Lives Matter, climate change, and homophobia.” The… Continue Reading

Give Attention to the Public Reading of Scripture

Give Attention to the Public Reading of Scripture

Reading the Bible as we gather for worship is foundational to our ongoing personal and congregational reformation. The public reading of Scripture in worship is a reminder that we are part of the living body of Christ, which is the pillar and support of the truth (1 Tim 3:15). This was important to the Apostle… Continue Reading

Singing: Response to Who God Is and What He Has Done

Singing: Response to Who God Is and What He Has Done

This entry is part 4 of 5 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.

We are studying Psalm 96 in an attempt to answer the question, Why sing? Last week we saw that the unique power of singing is that it helps us to express affections of the heart in ways that would not be possible if we didn’t have song. Song gives us a language for the expression… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 37: Jesus’s Early Ministry

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 37: Jesus’s Early Ministry

This entry is part 37 of 39 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 37: Jesus’s Early Ministry Weekly memory verse: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Weekly hymn: “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (free download) Weekly catechism: What is prayer? Prayer is an offering up of… Continue Reading

Why Does God Call Us to Sing?

Why Does God Call Us to Sing?

This entry is part 3 of 5 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.

Last time in our study of Psalm 96, I made the point that structurally this psalm oscillates between calls to praise God through song followed by reciting reasons for praising God. Understanding this structure will help us to discern why God would have us sing this psalm, any psalm, or any song in worship for… Continue Reading

Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel Released

Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel Released

As I blogged about a few weeks ago, a growing chorus of conservative evangelicals are voicing concerns about where recent evangelical “social gospel” movements are headed. Recently, a group of such concerned evangelical leaders, including John MacArthur, Voddie Baucham, James White, Phil Johnson, Tom Ascol, and others gathered in Dallas and composed an official statement… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 36: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 36: The Birth of Jesus Christ

This entry is part 36 of 39 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 36: The Birth of Jesus Christ Weekly memory verse: Psalm 100:1–2 – “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Weekly hymn: “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” (free download) Weekly catechism: Since you have been saved by grace alone… Continue Reading

Getting Things Done: Google Inbox + Evernote = Productivity

Getting Things Done: Google Inbox + Evernote = Productivity

I teach a PhD course at Southwestern Seminary in research and writing, and the first thing we discuss on the first day of class is productivity. I am convinced that organization and productivity are essential in order to succeed as a PhD student, a scholar, a pastor, even a parent or spouse. After discussing principles,… Continue Reading

MacArthur on apologizing for the sins of others

MacArthur on apologizing for the sins of others

The latest in John MacArthur’s treatment of the modern evangelical social justice movements: And yet, as the issue of racial division has become more and more a focus in the secular academy and in the news media, evangelicals eager to engage the culture have taken up the issue. Unfortunately, many who have spoken on this… Continue Reading

Pyromaniacs: On “Racism” and the TMS Required Reading List

Pyromaniacs: On “Racism” and the TMS Required Reading List

Phil Johnson weighs in on the recent charges that Masters Seminary is systemically racist. He concludes, I think John MacArthur is exactly right: evangelicals who think of themselves as “gospel-centered” need to get back to the actual gospel and stop these incessant attempts to blend gospel truth with whatever happens to be popular in secular… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 35: Return from Exile

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 35: Return from Exile

This entry is part 35 of 39 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 35: Return from Exile Weekly memory verse: Romans 8:5 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. “ Weekly hymn: “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart”… Continue Reading

Literary Theological Imagination

Literary Theological Imagination

Leland Rykan on the benefit (and, indeed, necessity) of literary theological imagination. The Bible is the definitive word on justification, but it is not the only word.  If we benefit from sermons and theological articles on justification, we can benefit from literary portrayals of it.  Theological exposition enables us to know the truth about justification… Continue Reading