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15 Reasons Why We Should Still Be Using Hymnals

These are good:

15 Reasons Why We Should Still Be Using Hymnals | Ponder Anew.

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.

4 Responses to 15 Reasons Why We Should Still Be Using Hymnals

  1. Dear Scott,

    Love your work. Enjoyed meeting you at the conference in Colorado Springs at my (then) home church last year.

    The link above is broken, though the wayback machine has it archived (

    It appears to be available in PDF form here (

    It would be worth preserving, by some mutually convenient and acceptable mechanism, but even providing a different link would be nice, for those less knowledgeable about the backways of the web.

  2. Sorry to drag this out across a few months! An interesting set of connections has led me here to visit again.

    Have you seen, or found any value in,

    – David Cloud’s “Baptist Music Wars” (
    – Dan Lucarini’s works, such as “It’s Not About the Music: A Journey Into Worship” or “Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement: Confessions of a Former Worship Leader”
    – Jack Wheaton’s “Crisis in Christian Music”
    – T. David Gordon “Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns”
    – John Blanchard “Can We Rock the Gospel? Rock Music’s Impact on Worship and Evangelism”

    (not claiming that this is an exhaustive list!)

    Fellow travelers, mayhap?

  3. Hi, Jay. I have not seen that particular book by Cloud. I’m sure there’s some good there, but my experience with Cloud is that his books contain a mix of good with some uncharitable tone.

    I think Lucarini and Blanchard’s books have some good value. I love Gordon’s book, and I haven’t seen Wheaton.

    All in all, though, yes, I think fellow travelers! :)


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