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Top Posts of 2018

Here are the top blog posts from 2018:

#10: Elders in a Baptist Church: Plural, Yea; Lay, Nay

David de Bruyn begins a four-part series on whether a plurality of elders in a church is necessary, and whether having lay elders (as opposed to vocational elders) is a good idea.

#9: The Many Meanings of “Reformed”

David de Bruyn explains why using the term “Reformed” to classify oneself could mean several different things.

#8: A plea for singing hymns in family worship

Ryan Martin makes a case for the importance of singing hymns together as families.

#7: The Fundamentalists and Billy Graham

On the occasion of the death of Billy Graham, Kevin Bauder describes the controversial relationship between this evangelical leader and fundamentalism.

#6: Why equating culture with ethnicity is inherently racist

It is still quite common within Evangelical circles to equate culture and ethnicity. Scott Aniol responds to a popular evangelical leader who argued in a well-publicized conference that in order to repair what he believes to be systemic racial divides within evangelicalism, we need to be willing to change our worship “styles.” In other words, this speaker apparently believes that there are certain cultural forms (the core of a so-called worship “style”) that are inherent to particular ethnicities, and thus in order to attract or be “welcoming” to these other ethnicities, we need to be willing to “crucify” our preferred cultural forms in favor of those inherent to the ethnicities with whom we are trying to reconcile.

#5: Some Thoughts on Physical Expression in Corporate Worship

Scott Aniol responds to an email questions about whether worship should be only reverent, or whether celebration and joy—especially expressed through physical expression and even dance—were appropriate for corporate worship.

#4: Getting Things Done: Google Inbox + Evernote = Productivity

Scott Aniol describes his organization and productivity system.

#3: What is a “traditional hymn”?

Scott Aniol describes characteristics that define a “traditional hymn” in contrast to a “contemporary worship song.”

#2: The Unproven Premise Strikes Again

Scott Aniol analyzes a recent book that makes a very common argument about music in worship that may sound pious at first glance, yet has a fatal flaw.

#1: What’s wrong with the recent evangelical “social justice” movements?

The term “social justice” has become quite a buzz word in evangelical circles in recent years. Social matters like immigration, racial reconciliation, and sexuality are taking center stage in conferences and online discussions, with loud voices expressing strong options. Scott Aniol summarizes many of the problems with these recent developments within some quarters of evangelicalism.

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