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Prayer in Gospel Ministry

Prayer in Gospel Ministry

Prayer is a necessary practice of a sound church. The role of secret and corporate prayer in the life of a Christian congregation is sometimes overlooked. Mark Dever, whose insights we value, fails to list to prayer as one of his “marks” of “healthy churches.” (Dever concedes this point and briefly addresses it in his… Continue Reading

Protecting churches from cultural accommodation

Protecting churches from cultural accommodation

I was recently directed to the . This statement about protecting developing churches is one I wish all mission-minded churches would embrace: It is also the purpose of Grace Advance to endeavor to provide protection from things that threaten the church. We will strive to shield developing churches against the dangers of cultural accommodation. The… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 6)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 6)

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 This series has been looking at the connection of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 1-3 and the contemporary church’s dependence on relevance for evangelism. In the last post, I argued from 1 Cor 1:30-31 that God deliberately made the gospel message impossible for natural men to accept in… Continue Reading

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 2)

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 2)

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Part 1 In emphasizing the unity of the church in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Paul asks the church pointedly: “is Christ divided?” (v 13). With their divisions, the Corinthian church was pulling away from Christ, the one who unites his church. This led Paul to explain that in his own ministry he took pains to emphasize… Continue Reading

Not the Real Problem

Not the Real Problem

Kevin DeYoung (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed) has a good post today asking pastors and church leaders not to assume that the decline they see in their church is because of (or can be solved by) worship styles. He says, I do wish church leaders would stop assuming that their problems boil down to a certain… Continue Reading

Deep Thanks for Brazil Mission Trip Donations

Deep Thanks for Brazil Mission Trip Donations

I’d like to express deep thank to those who have gratiously donated toward our mission trip to Brazil. We’ve had a number of people give various amounts, including several large anonymous gifts. Thank you so much! We’re only about half way to raising what we’ve spent on travel expenses, so if you have the means… Continue Reading

Suggest a topic

Suggest a topic

I regularly receive e-mails asking various questions related to worship, music, church ministry, etc., and sometimes people post questions on our Facebook page as well. But I wanted to make it easier to request a topic of discussion on this site. So I’ve added a widget to the sidebar where you can suggest a topic for discussion.… Continue Reading

How RAM Can Help Your Church

How RAM Can Help Your Church

I’ve been thrilled this year with the ways that Religious Affections Ministries has been able to help pastors and churches think biblically about worship and music. We’ve ministered in over 30 churches in addition to several conferences for a total of almost 100 hours of ministry! This ministry has included teaching, preaching, seminary lectures, conducting… Continue Reading

Partner with us

A year ago this week we fully launched Religious Affections Ministries. Our burden is simple: help churches think biblically about worship and music. This means publishing articles, books, recordings, and sheet music all with the purpose of equipping local churches to worship our Lord biblically, deliberately, and, yes, conservatively. I started this ministry from a… Continue Reading

What Others Are Saying About Worship in Song

What Others Are Saying About Worship in Song

Pre-order for 30% off | Book Website “Scott Aniol has contributed a reasoned, thoughtful, Scripture-infused, and theological approach to his subject. This book should prove to be a helpful volume to any serious worshiper.” Paul S. Jones, D.M. Organist and Music Director – Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia Author, Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church… Continue Reading

RAM Ministry Commitments

RAM Ministry Commitments

Someone recently asked me what my main priorities in this ministry are. Here are my four primary commitments, in order of importance (click on each link to read more): A Commitment to Biblical Worship A Commitment to Lifestyle Worship A Commitment to Deliberate Worship A Commitment to Conservative Worship Continue Reading