Author Archives: Scott Aniol

The Redemptive Rule of God

The Redemptive Rule of God

This entry is part 5 of 6 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 discussed God’s universal rule over all things through human institutions that he ordained. This Universal Common Kingdom of God encompasses all people, believers and unbelievers alike, who exercise dominion over what he has made and attempt to maintain order and stability in the midst of a cursed world. But this is not… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 13: Judges

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 13: Judges

This entry is part 13 of 17 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 13: Judges Weekly memory verse: Judges 3:9 – “But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them.” Weekly hymn: He Who Would Valiant Be (free download) Weekly catechism: What is the greatest commandment? The greatest commandment is to… Continue Reading

Two Kingdoms

Two Kingdoms

This two-kingdoms doctrine strongly affirms that God has made all things, that sin corrupts all aspects of life, that Christians should be active in human culture, that all lawful cultural vocations are honorable, that all people are accountable to God in every activity, and that Christians should seek to live out the implications of their… Continue Reading

The Universal Common Kingdom

The Universal Common Kingdom

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

At the heart of our philosophy of the church’s responsibility toward culture is a proper understanding of how God rules sovereignly over all things, how he specifically rules his redeemed people—particularly now the NT church, and how his rule will culminate in the future. Another way of saying this is that central to a biblical… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 12: Invasion of the Promised Land

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 12: Invasion of the Promised Land

This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 12: Invasion of the Promised Land Weekly memory verse: Job 19:25 – “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” Weekly hymn: This is My Father’s World (free download) Weekly catechism: How can you glorify God? I can glorify God by loving him and doing… Continue Reading

Imagine how they felt.

Imagine how they felt.

Imagine how they felt. For four hundred years, ever since King Solomon finished building the grand Temple in Jerusalem, the Israelites had enjoyed free and rich worship in their land. David had successfully defeated most of Israel’s enemies, he had made all the preparations for the Temple and the worship to take place there, and… Continue Reading

Christians, the Church, and Culture

Christians, the Church, and Culture

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Citizens and Exiles You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Evangelicals today are enamored with culture. Visit any Christian blog or pick up a catalogue of recent Christian books, and you will likely find discussions of the cultural mandate, redeeming culture, forming culture, and creating culture. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest that despite differences among various kinds of evangelicals such… Continue Reading

How to Desecrate a Religion

How to Desecrate a Religion

Greg Stiekes discusses how we have often come to desecrate Christianity: Cheapen it. Change it. Contextualize it. Control it. Commercialize it. He concludes: Cheapening, contextualizing, and controlling Christianity are often driven by believers with strong motives, believers with a heart to reach others with the gospel and to woo them to Christ. But we must… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 11: Preparing to Enter the Promised Land

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 11: Preparing to Enter the Promised Land

This entry is part 11 of 17 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 11: Preparing to Enter the Promised Land Weekly memory verse: Joshua 1:8 – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make… Continue Reading

The importance of cultural discernment in Christian education

The importance of cultural discernment in Christian education

If Christian educators are intent upon educating their students with truth, both its factual content and the way the truth is imagined, then they must commit to utilize the best of our classical tradition. We have at our fingertips a rich heritage of cultural forms that have grown within value systems that are fully consistent with what it… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 10: Wandering in the Wilderness

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 10: Wandering in the Wilderness

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 10: Wandering in the Wilderness Weekly memory verse: John 3:14–15 – “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” Weekly hymn: Be Thou My Vision (free download) Weekly catechism: How do you know there… Continue Reading

On the preference for mugging old ladies

On the preference for mugging old ladies

When I say I “like” Bach, and you say you “like” Bon Jovi, are we really using the same verb? That is, when I listen to Bach and you listen to Bon Jovi, is essentially the same thing happening to each of us? At one level, all we mean is that each of us take… Continue Reading

The Unproven Premise Strikes Again

The Unproven Premise Strikes Again

The Gospel Coalition recently published an excerpt from a new book by Brett McCracken in which he makes a very common argument about music in worship that may sound pious at first glance, yet has a fatal flaw. Here is the core premise of McCracken’s argument summarized in two pull quotes from the post: “We… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 9: Worshiping God at Sinai

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 9: Worshiping God at Sinai

This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 9: Worshiping God at Sinai Weekly memory verse: Deuteronomy 6:4–5 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Weekly hymn: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (free download) Weekly… Continue Reading