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Notes from sessions at the Wilds Music Conference

This past week I spoke at the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center Music Conference. I was the keynote speaker for the pre-conference on Monday, I presented one general session, and I taught three workshops.

Several people, both at the Wilds Music Conference and online, have asked for copies of my notes from sessions I presented. I have posted them below. Most are fully manuscript notes, while others are a bit more sketchy. I did not have notes for my final session, but it was based on a paper I recently wrote, which I have posted below as well. Finally, I have also posted audio from each session for those who want to listen (or re-listen).

Conservative Christianity 101

How Can We Conserve Biblical Worship?

Drawing Near to God in Worship

Train Up a Child – Teaching the Next Generation to Worship
These notes are quite a bit more sketchy, copied and pasted from other things I’ve written over the years along with some new material, but you’ll get the idea.

I failed to mention in the session books that I’ve found helpful on this subject, so I’ve listed them here (it should go without saying that I don’t necessarily agree with everything in each of these books):

  • Thoughts on Family Worship by J. W. Alexander
  • The Faithful Parent by Peace & Scott
  • Family Worship by T. L. Johnson
  • Family Worship by Beeke
  • Bringing the Gospel to Covenant Children by Beeke
  • Parenting in the Pew by Castleman

Musicology 101 – How to Explain Musical Meaning Without Going Over People’s Heads
In this session I essentially taught through Chapter 4 of Sound Worship.

“God is Really Among You” – the Evangelistic Impact of God-Centered Worship
This session was based on a paper I recently wrote called “Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture”

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.