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Episode 2 of “By the Waters of Babylon” podcast is available: “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Pagan Culture”

I have posted episode 2 of my new podcast, “By the Waters of Babylon.” You can listen here.

In this episode, I continue my discussion of Psalm 137, highlighting the fact that many of the imagery from this psalm is used in the New Testament to describe the church’s current situation by way of analogy.

I also review a helpful book that deals with singing in a post-Christian culture, A New Song for an Old World by Calvin Stapert. Stapert helpfully surveys the early church fathers’ attitude toward worship and culture, applying their philosophy to our present situation.

I also direct attention to a resource that helps Christians today sing the Lord’s song in a pagan culture, namely, our hymnal, Hymns to the Living God.

Finally, I take a little time to define the idea of “culture” biblically, arguing that we should define it essentially as the behavior of a people, rather than as ethnicity.

I pray that this episode will be a help and an encouragement to you. Please subscribe to the podcast, and if you find it helpful, please rate it on iTunes.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department 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.

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