Author Archives: Scott Aniol

Wanted: Hymn Proofreaders

Wanted: Hymn Proofreaders

I am pleased to announce that we have now published 230 free, downloadable hymns on our online hymn collection, which means that we are within just a few months from being ready to publish our print hymnal! If you are curious, here is the final list of hymnal we intend to include in the print hymnal.… Continue Reading

The Benedict Option: The Christian Option

The Benedict Option: The Christian Option

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Rod Dreher’s much anticipated book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, is how unremarkable his proposal really is. Yet it is a profoundly necessary correction for an American Christianity that has lost its biblical moorings and become just as secular as the culture around… Continue Reading

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; He whose word cannot be broken Formed thee for his own abode: On the Rock of Ages founded, What can shake thy sure repose? With salvation’s walls surrounded, Thou may’st smile at all thy foes. See, the streams of living waters, Springing from eternal… Continue Reading

You have come to Mount Zion

You have come to Mount Zion

In Hebrews 12:18, Mount Sinai stands as a representative for worship under the Law, and thus the location of this worship is first the tabernacle and later the temple. In contrast, worship for a Christian takes place on “Mount Zion, even the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (12:22). These synonymous terms refer to the… Continue Reading

More on truth in hymnody

More on truth in hymnody

I mentioned yesterday a response I gave to a post about “And Can It Be” as the Detroit Seminary blog, and the conversation over there continues. Here is Tim’s reply to my comment: Scott, Thanks for the substantive feedback. I know you have thought about this topic extensively, so I would like to make sure… Continue Reading

Poetic analysis of hymns

Poetic analysis of hymns

Tim Miller has an interesting post over at the Detroit Seminary blog analyzing the text of Wesley’s “And Can it Be.” There is some good food for thought there, and I certainly appreciate the emphasis on making sure our hymns are theologically accurate, but I do think that we often miss the fact that hymns… Continue Reading

On the meaning of “culture

On the meaning of “culture

Mahoney’s assessment of how the word “culture” has evolved to describe almost anything in human civilization is correct; I trace this evolution in By the Waters of Babylon. My solution to this evolved redefinition was to connect the current definition with the New Testament, and then to specify the term “high culture” for what “culture” used… Continue Reading

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 3: Worship that Trusts in God

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 3: Worship that Trusts in God

This entry is part of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.It is time to complete our discussion of Psalm 137 by looking through stanza 3, verses 7–9: Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how… Continue Reading

Should Stay At Home Moms Get Education?

Should Stay At Home Moms Get Education?

This article is exactly right: “Anyone who castigates a woman for failing to cash in on her degree reveals a complete misunderstanding of the nature and purpose of education and the actual needs of society.” Source: No, Stay At Home Moms Don’t ‘Waste’ Their Education Continue Reading

Sun of My Soul

Sun of My Soul

Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear, it is not night if Thou be near; Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise, to hide Thee from Thy servant’s eyes. When the soft dews of kindly sleep my weary eyelids gently steep, be my last thought—how sweet to rest forever on my Savior’s breast! Abide with me… Continue Reading

Not of the world

Not of the world

If worship is inspired by the revelation of the Lord of glory, then it will flower into a life-changing communion with the living God that will ultimately be made perfect in glory. But for the present it takes place in the world, which has always been a very religious place, though not in a truly… Continue Reading

A good and bad way to use Lent

A good and bad way to use Lent

It’s that time of year again, a time when Evangelical Christians debate whether or not it is a good thing to observe Lent. My answer to that question is always the same: it depends on what you mean by “Lent” and “observe.” Here is a short note I have sent our congregation on occasion to… Continue Reading

The Bible speaks to everything

The Bible speaks to everything

Mark Ward opens his blog post about how to do a biblical study on the topic of abortion with the following assertion: The Bible speaks in some way to anything you can think of, but it doesn’t speak explicitly to everything you can think of. He’s right. As I mentioned, his post is specifically about… Continue Reading

What is the moral imagination

What is the moral imagination

This is a good discussion of the moral imagination. It addresses specifically how necessary good children’s stories are in forming the moral imagination, but it also gives a very good definition as well: The moral imagination is not a thing, not so much a faculty even, as the very process by which the self makes… Continue Reading

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 2: Worship that is Pleasing to God

Looking through Psalm 137, Stanza 2: Worship that is Pleasing to God

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series God's People in Exile You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series”God’s People in Exile”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.We have considered our experience as God’s people in exile through stanza 1 of Psalm 137; now look at stanza 2, verses 5–6: If I forget… Continue Reading

Abide with Me

Abide with Me

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide: When other helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see; O… Continue Reading

New hymns added to our free, downloadable collection

New hymns added to our free, downloadable collection

*Updated (2/26/17 6:11pm): I’ve added the titles below of the hymns we just added yesterday for those curious. We have just added more new hymns to our free, downloadable resource! Head on over to ClassicHymns.org to view them. We are also very close to completing the 250 hymns we plan to include in our print… Continue Reading

Attracting the masses

Attracting the masses

With the fall of Christendom, churches found themselves increasingly irrelevant; so now, desiring to maintain the same kind of power they once enjoyed, churches constantly seek after new ways to compete for the attention of the masses. —By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, p. 28. Continue Reading