Author Archives: Scott Aniol

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 41 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

What’s wrong with the recent evangelical “social justice” movements?

What’s wrong with the recent evangelical “social justice” movements?

The term “social justice” has become quite a buzz word in evangelical circles in recent years. Social matters like immigration, racial reconciliation, and sexuality are taking center stage in conferences and online discussions, with loud voices expressing strong options. Other voices are beginning to object to the direction of such discussions, expressing concerns over the… Continue Reading

An Enthronement Psalm

An Enthronement Psalm

This entry is part 2 of 8 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 was placed by the editors of the psalms in a series that are unified by a common poetic genre and theme. Psalms 93–100 are often referred to as “Enthronement Psalms,” since their central message is affirmation of God’s kingly reign over all things. This psalm in particular is an Enthronement Psalm directly connected… Continue Reading

MacArthur believes recent social justice obsession is a more imminent threat than any recent evangelical controversy

MacArthur believes recent social justice obsession is a more imminent threat than any recent evangelical controversy

He plans to continue his series critiquing recent “social justice” movements on Wednesday: On Wednesday I’ll continue and conclude this retrospective with an explanation of what the current evangelical obsession with “social justice” has in common with all of those other issues. And I’ll begin to explain why it’s my conviction that much of the… Continue Reading

Leading with the Imagination

Leading with the Imagination

Greg Stiekes on the importance of the imagination for leaders: A true leader has the quality of imagination. A leader offers real guidance to others because he or she is able to perceive something that is not immediately accessible in the physical world, to “see” the unseen, to envision possibilities, to draw inferences, and to… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 34: Babylonian Captivity

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 34: Babylonian Captivity

This entry is part 34 of 41 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 34: Babylonian Captivity Weekly memory verse: Ezekiel 37:27–28 – “My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” Weekly hymn: “Jerusalem, My Happy… Continue Reading

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Sing to the Lord a New Song

This entry is part 1 of 8 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 41 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