Here are the top blog articles from 2017:
#10: What homeschoolers and Christian schoolers need to know about HR 610 by Scott Aniol
As the Homeschool Legal Defense Association notes, as nice as that might be, money from the government always eventually leads to more governmental regulations. We homeschoolers and private schoolers would rather the government just leave us alone.
#9: How many songs can one church sing? by Scott Aniol
Despite the fact that most market-driven hymnals have 700+ hymns, most churches sing no more than 150 hymns per year. The number is probably under 100 for many churches.
#8: In Memorium: David Oestreich by Scott Aniol
We said goodbye to our friend and regular contributor, David Oestreich.
#7: The Benedict Option: The Christian Option by Scott Aniol
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Rod Dreher’s much anticipated book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, is how unremarkable his proposal really is. Yet it is a profoundly necessary correction for an American Christianity that has lost its biblical moorings and become just as secular as the culture around it.
#6: The Historical Context of Psalm 137 by Scott Aniol
How can we worship God when we are so far from his place of worship? How can we worship God when we are exiles in a land that is hostile to his worship? How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?
#5: I’m Still Here, Too by Scott Aniol
What would it mean to “stay in” fundamentalism? How do I know if I’m “still here”? If I am part of a historically fundamentalist institution that abandons the values of fundamentalism, am I still “in”? If I am part of an institution that has not historically identified as fundamentalist but I embrace, affirm, and propagate the ideas and values of fundamentalism, and I still “in”?
After two years of work, the announcement that Hymns to the Living God is available for purchase.
#3: What Do You Mean, Relevant? by Kevin Bauder
Many contemporary American Christians obsess over relevance. They seem to feel personally obligated to make Christianity relevant. This wish to make Christianity relevant, however, raises two questions. First, why should Christianity be made relevant? Second, what would a relevant Christianity look like? The answer to these questions will depend partly upon the meaning of the word relevant. It is used in at least four ways.
#2: What We Gained When We Lost Our Hymnals? by Scott Aniol
Challies states that “the reality is that neither hymnals nor PowerPoint are entirely good or entirely bad.” True. It is also true that we didn’t always have hymnals. And I will concede that there are a couple positives with singing off the wall. But as a friend said on Facebook regarding getting rid of hymnals, “the cons outweigh the pros by a mile.”
#1: Sincerity and Profanity by David de Bruyn
Many modern Christian leaders believe divesting Christianity of formality will purify it of hocus pocus, and make it more sincere, authentic, and real. But this profoundly misunderstands the difference between the profane and the sacred.