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My Paper from ETS – Practice Makes Perfect: How Corporate Worship Shapes Disciples

ETS-LogoLast week I was able to read a paper at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta. I had a good crowd in the room for my presentation and received an excellent response. I’ve also had dozens of people request a copy of the paper, so I thought I’d post it here:

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Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is director of doctoral worship studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

3 Responses to My Paper from ETS – Practice Makes Perfect: How Corporate Worship Shapes Disciples

  1. Your best lines:

    “Making disciples is more than data transmission because the reality is that most actions are not the result of deliberate, rational reflection upon beliefs.”

    “Thus in order to cultivate holy living—in order to accomplish the mission of the church and make disciples—churches must concern themselves with nurturing moral virtue.”

    “Most of our daily actions result not from deliberate choice but from the habits we have formed through ritual. The issue is not whether we will be formed by liturgy, but which liturgies will form us. Much of how we act—much of our culture—has developed through rituals.”

    If you can convince someone here, then you’re on good footing to argue that all forms have a moral message that play a role in making disciples.

  2. […] What is the connection between corporate worship on Sundays and daily life on Monday through Saturday?  Scott Aniol, a professor of worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers reflections on the way the liturgy of Sunday forms us (or ought to form us) to be faithful followers of Jesus in every aspect of our lives.  See his paper “Practice Makes Perfect: How Corporate Worship Forms Disciples.” […]

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