Author Archives: Scott Aniol

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 24 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 5 of 13 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 24 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

Some Thoughts on Physical Expression in Corporate Worship

Some Thoughts on Physical Expression in Corporate Worship

I recently received an email asking for my opinion on whether worship should be only reverent, or whether celebration and joy—especially expressed through physical expression and even dance—were appropriate for corporate worship. Here is my response: A couple thoughts. One, I would actually agree that joy and even celebration should be part of corporate worship (although not… Continue Reading

Two Kingdoms

Two Kingdoms

This entry is part 4 of 13 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 two weeks I have laid out a biblical case for understanding the reality of two kingdoms: a universal kingdom, God’s sovereign superintendence over all things, including creation and human institutions, cultures, and societies, and a redemptive kingdom, God’s specific rule over his redeemed people. Because of Adam’s failure, these two kingdoms are at… Continue Reading

What is a “traditional hymn”?

What is a “traditional hymn”?

A friend recently asked how I would define a “traditional hymn” in contrast to a “contemporary worship song,” so I thought I’d post my response here as well: The difference has nothing to do with when the song was written, which is why I actually don’t like “traditional” or “contemporary” as modifiers. I prefer to… Continue Reading

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 14: Samson

Bible Narratives Devotional, Week 14: Samson

This entry is part 14 of 24 in the series Bible Narratives Devotional You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Week 14: Samson Weekly memory verse: Psalm 17:8 – “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Weekly hymn: Jesus, Lover of My Soul (free download) Weekly catechism: How can you come to know God and what he has made? The fear of the Lord is the… Continue Reading

Holiness in Culture

Holiness in Culture

The Bible is clear with regard to the behavior of Christians—it is to be holy. James states of a Christian, “by his good conduct (anastrophēs) let him show his works” (Jas 3:13). Likewise Peter commands Christians to “be holy in all [their] conduct (anastrophē)” (1 Peter 1:15), and Paul commands Timothy to set an example “in conduct (anastrophē)”… Continue Reading

Holy Week Service

Holy Week Service

Each year in our church, we have a Holy Week service that has become one of our most anticipated services. It is a simple service of Scripture, hymns, and Communion, following a similar structure to a Lessons and Carols Christmas service, but focusing on the events leading up to and including the Cross. Over the… Continue Reading

The Redemptive Rule of God

The Redemptive Rule of God

This entry is part 3 of 13 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 24 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