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By the Waters of Babylon with Scott Aniol

By the Waters of Babylon with Scott Aniol

By G3 Ministries
Scott Aniol discusses biblical principles, historical issues, and recommended resources to aid Christians living for the Lord in a post-Christian culture.
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Don't Hide God from Your Children
Scott Aniol discusses ways we might unintentionally hide God from our children. You can read this blog post here.
14:41
August 01, 2022
Why There are More Than Two Church Ordinances
It is quite common for Baptists today to claim that the church has been given only two ordinances—baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptists today sort of take this for granted; pastors often say from the pulpit that we have been given only two ordinances, and if you were to ask the average Baptist, they would agree. However, this language has not always been so among Baptists. In fact, it's rather recent. Listen as Scott Aniol explain. You can read this essay at G3Min.org. Scott Aniol's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottaniol Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
16:51
June 27, 2022
Coming of Age Ceremonies Can Help Your Adolescent Children Become Adults
“Coming of age” ceremonies are not unique in the history of humankind, of course. Various communities around the world and throughout time have marked the transition of a child into an adult with rituals and ceremonies, possibly the most well-known of these being the bar mitzvah in Jewish communities. Historically, age thirteen is when a child comes of age and enters a period of training for adulthood. For Christians, this can be a wonderful opportunity to stimulate a young man or woman toward Christian maturity. Listen as Scott Aniol explains what he and his wife have done with their adolescent children. Scott Aniol's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottaniol Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
05:08
June 20, 2022
Corporate Worship's Essence: Spiritual Response
One of the clearest ways you can determine someone’s fundamental theology of worship is to ask them the following question: “How do you know that you have worshiped?” If our goal in worship is to commune with God, how do we know we have accomplished our goal? How do we know we have worshiped? Listen as Scott Aniol explains. You can read this essay here. This episode is an excerpt from Biblical Foundations of Corporate Worship (Free Grace Press, 2022). Scott Aniol's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottaniol Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
22:35
June 13, 2022
Lifting Hands Isn't Something You Just Do When You're "Really Moved"
Do a Google Image search for "worship," and the dominant image you'll find is a group of people, hands raised, eyes closed, faces scrunched. That's the dominant image today of evangelical worship. But is it the biblical image. Listen as Scott Aniol addresses this topic. Scott Aniol's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottaniol Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
26:22
June 10, 2022
Observing the Lord's Supper Weekly Makes It Routine—And That's a Good Thing
Weekly observance does make the Supper seem routine. And that's a good thing. Listen as Scott Aniol explains. You can read this post here. Scott Aniol's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottaniol Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
09:40
June 06, 2022
Ask Me Anything: The Chosen, nativity scenes, unsaved children singing in worship, vaccines, physical expressiveness, traditional hymnody
In this edition of "Ask Me Anything," Scott Aniol answers questions concerning why you should not watch The Chosen, whether nativity scenes break the Second Commandment, whether unsaved children should be allowed to sing in a church choir, whether we should void vaccines that use fetal cells, the place of physical expressiveness in corporate worship, and what characterizes traditional hymnody. Scott Aniol's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottaniol Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
37:28
May 27, 2022
The Biblical Roles of Elders, Deacons, and the Congregation
What does the Bible teach about church offices (elder, pastor, overseer, deacon) and the responsibilities of each office? Scott Aniol explains. Scott Aniol's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottaniol Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
26:52
May 13, 2022
From Integration to Segregation: Why We Stopped Letting the Little Children Come
The biblical and historical precent for welcoming children into church gatherings is clear—why do most churches today segregate children into their own gatherings? Scott Aniol examines the biblical and historic evidence. Purchase Scott's book, Let the Little Children Come: Family Worship on Sunday (and the Other Six Days, Too). Scott's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
30:02
May 06, 2022
Why you should not watch "The Chosen"
Don't give in and watch The Chosen. Your imagination will forever be shaped by the visceral potency of a cinematic interpretation of Bible narratives, and it will therefore be much more difficult to allow the words of Scripture to shape your imagination.  God gave us words. Scott Aniol explains why using any visual images of the triune God is harmful to truly knowing and loving God. Scott's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
26:05
April 29, 2022
Unified Worship of One New Ethnicity—A Response to Dwight McKissic and Jackie Hill Perry
Scott Aniol uses recent comments by Dwight McKissic and Jackie Hill Perry to clarify important biblical category differences between ethnicity and culture. Scott's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
22:11
April 26, 2022
Psalms and the Davidic Covenant
Did you know that understanding the nature and circumstances of the Davidic Covenant is important for understanding the intentional arrangement and purpose of the Psalms? Listen as Scott Aniol explains. Scott's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
17:07
April 19, 2022
Why has psalm singing declined?
It is no secret that among evangelicals today the psalms are mostly ignored in corporate worship. Listen as Scott Aniol explains four reasons. The Conservative Church: Preserving and Transmitting Biblical Christianity | David de Bruyn Scott's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
22:46
April 12, 2022
Emotion Is a Sign of Nothing
Christians today have a significant misunderstanding of the nature of our relationship with God, including the role of emotions. Using Scripture and the writings of Jonathan Edwards, Scott Aniol explains why physical feelings are signs of nothing. The only way to measure our relationship with God is long-term, progressive spiritual growth. Upcoming events mentioned in this episode: Church and Family Life Conference, May 19–22  GBTS Theology of Worship Course, August 11–13 Books mentioned in this episode: Biblical Foundations of Corporate Worship Changed from Glory into Glory: The Liturgical Story of the Christian Faith Scott's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
25:06
April 05, 2022
Should worship be boring?
Scott responds to critics who claim that he wants worship to be boring. This is in response to Scott's recent article, "Stop Singing Hillsong, Bethel, Jesus Culture, and Elevation." Upcoming events mentioned in this episode: Church and Family Life Conference, May 19–22 GBTS Theology of Worship Course, August 11–13 Books/articles mentioned in this episode: Biblical Foundations of Corporate Worship Changed from Glory into Glory: The Liturgical Story of the Christian Faith Why Are You Afraid? by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker How We May Read Scriptures with Most Spiritual Profit by Thomas Watson The Conservative Church: Preserving and Transmitting Biblical Christianity by David de Bruyn What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse "Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: 'The High Exercises of Divine Love'" by Ryan Martin "Violent Motions of Carnal Affections" by Ryan Martin From Passions to Emotions: The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category by Thomas Dixon Scott's blog: https://g3min.org/blogs/scott-aniol/ Article, audio, itinerary: https://www.scottaniol.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottmaniol Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScottAniol Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottmaniol/
26:04
March 30, 2022
Two Kinds of Worship Music
Scott Aniol explains the difference between a covenant-renewal theology of worship and a sacramental theology of worship and the two different kinds of music that embody these two theologies.
22:03
March 08, 2022
How Music Embodies Theology
Scott Aniol explains what he meant by "music embodies theology" in his article/podcast on why Reformed Christians should not sing music from groups whose music embodies Pentecostal theology. Original article: https://g3min.org/stop-singing-hillsong-bethel-jesus-culture-and-elevation
17:51
February 24, 2022
Stop Singing Hillsong, Bethel, Jesus Culture, and Elevation
There's no question about it—Hillsong, Bethel, Jesus Culture, and Elevation have become a global phenomenon. And you should stop singing their music. Scott Aniol explains why.
20:35
February 22, 2022
Problems with Late Medieval Worship
By the end of the fifteenth century, worship (along with many other aspects of theology) was in desperate need of Reform. Scott Aniol explains what problems existed and how they were formed.
17:08
February 17, 2022
The Universal and Unifying Gospel
The record of the salvation of three individuals in Phillip (Acts 16) serves a greater purpose than simply to provide interesting conversion stories. The fact that Luke, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, chose to record the conversions of these three specific individuals was to teach us some important truths regarding the power of the gospel and Christ's plan in building his church. Comparing and contrasting these three individuals help us to draw some conclusions regarding the nature of the gospel and the purpose of the church.
19:08
February 07, 2022
Is Affirming Women Pastors a “Made Up Controversy”? A Response to Thabiti Anyabwile
Scott Aniol explains why affirming female elders harms the gospel.
14:37
February 01, 2022
God's Two Kingdoms
At the heart of our philosophy of the church’s responsibility toward culture is a proper understanding of how God rules sovereignly over all things, how he specifically rules his redeemed people—particularly now the NT church, and how his rule will culminate in the future. Another way of saying this is that central to a biblical philosophy of cultural engagement is how Scripture uses language like “rule,” “reign,” and “kingdom” to describe God’s plan in history, and essential to this understanding is recognition that Scripture uses these kinds of “kingdom” terms to describe a couple different concepts in God’s working out of his sovereign plan. Listen as Scott Aniol explains.
31:25
January 17, 2022
The Law of the Lord
So God has revealed himself, and he has done so both through his Natural Revelation—what he has made—and through his Special Revelation—what he has said. Perhaps one of the most succinct and, indeed, beautiful articulations of these two forms of God’s revelation is found in Psalm 19. This psalm describes both God’s natural and special revelation in a strikingly vivid poem. In fact, C. S. Lewis wrote, “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” Listen as Scott Aniol explores these two forms of God's revelation in Psalm 19.
31:02
January 10, 2022
Why trying to emulate Edwards may actually be emulating Finney
In most ways, Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney—their philosophies, theologies, and practices—are polar opposites. But as I read both of them, I can't help but notice what appear to be similarities in what they said. And the deeper you read, the more apparent it becomes that unless someone really understands the underlying differences between what they were saying, it may be quite possible to actually follow Finney’s example while trying to emulate Edwards. Listen as Scott Aniol explains, or read here: https://g3min.org/why-trying-to-emulate-edwards-may-actually-be-emulating-finney
11:16
January 03, 2022
Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?
Christmas—a very mention of the word produces delight and expectation in the hearts of people everywhere. Or does it? For some Christians, Christmas is a much-anticipated season to celebrate the birth of Christ. For others, it is also a time to encourage family closeness and tradition. But still others refuse to celebrate at all, insisting that the season is rooted in pagan ritual and should be avoided. Added to this controversy is the growing concern of many Christians to “put Christ back in Christmas” while the expanding secular culture of commercialism is forgetting the babe in the manger altogether. For instance, a national survey indicated that “just over a tenth of Americans today believe Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the focus of  Christmas, with almost nine out of ten people saying the holiday has become less religious.” 1 Much of the controversy for Christians, however, is largely due to ignorance and speculation. Add to this varying misinterpretations of Scripture, and this creates a recipe for confusion. For believers on any side of the issue—whether a synthesis of celebrating Christ’s birth and family tradition, an insistence upon focusing on Christ alone, or a rejection of the season altogether—a clear understanding of history and the Bible, plus reasonable common sense, must rule any discussion of Christ and Christmas.
18:50
December 20, 2021
When Are the Twelve Days of Christmas?
Most people (in America, at least) seem to assume that these infamous twelve days describe those leading up to Christmas Day. However, in the Christian tradition, the Twelve Days actually refer to the celebration of Christ’s nativity—also called “Christmastide”—between Christmas (December 25) and Epiphany (January 6), the day that celebrates the visit of the Magi. Scott Aniol explains. Read this post here: https://g3min.org/when-are-the-twelve-days-of-christmas
03:39
November 29, 2021
Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response
The affections of our hearts are central to true worship. Yet while praise, joy, contrition, and love are all important affections for worship, I believe gratitude is the most important worship affection. Listen as Scott Aniol explains. Read this post here: https://g3min.org/thanksgiving-the-primary-worship-response
05:00
November 22, 2021
A Conversation with Virgil Walker, Laramie Minga, and Matt Sikes about Biblical Worship Workshops
Listen as Scott Aniol, Virgil Walker, Laramie Minga, and Matt Sikes have a conversation about the need to reform worship according to Scripture and why G3 Ministries is launching Biblical Worship Workshops. You can register for the first workshop on February 8–9 at G3Min.org.
51:42
November 16, 2021
Discipleship: More than Data Transmission
Data transmission is not all there is to discipleship. Listen as Scott Aniol Explains. Read this post here: https://g3min.org/discipleship-more-than-data-transmission
11:49
November 15, 2021
The Influence of Secularism on Culture and the Church
Today we hold assumptions about culture, science, music, worship, and so many other things because of the impact of the Enlightenment and the secularist religion rather than Scripture. Listen as Scott Aniol discusses how the Age of Reason impacted everything about how we think and live.
20:46
November 09, 2021
The Common Problem with White Supremacy and Multiculturalism
The biblical answer to combating terrible thinking such as is represented in white supremacy is not multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is not the answer because it suffers from the same essential fallacy as white supremacy, namely, that ethnicity and culture are equivalent categories. They are not. Listen as Scott Aniol explains. You can read this post here: https://g3min.org/the-common-problem-with-white-supremacy-and-multiculturalism.
09:16
November 08, 2021
Unity and Separation
God clearly wants Christians to be unified, and Christians should pursue unity wherever possible, but what is biblical unity? Scott Aniol explains that there is a boundary and a center to Christian unity.
14:36
November 05, 2021
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
A brief reflection on Thomas Kelly's beautiful crucifixion hymn, "Stricken, Smitten, and Afflected" set to O MEIN JESU, ICH MUSS STERBEN. Download the hymn for free here. Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dying on the tree! 'Tis the Christ by man rejected; yes, my soul, 'tis He, 'tis He! 'Tis the long-expected Prophet, David's Son, yet David's Lord; by His Son God now has spoken: 'tis the true and faithful Word. Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning, was there ever grief like His? Friends thro' fear His cause disowning, foes insulting His distress; many hands were raised to wound Him, none would interpose to save; but the deepest stroke that pierced Him was the stroke that Justice gave. Ye who think of sin but lightly nor suppose the evil great here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate. Mark the sacrifice appointed, see who bears the awful load; 'tis the Word, the Lord's Anointed, Son of Man and Son of God. Here we have a firm foundation; here the refuge of the lost; Christ, the Rock of our salvation, His the Name of which we boast. Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt! None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built.
05:57
November 01, 2021
Worship Reformed According to Scripture
Listen as Scott Aniol discusses Reformation roots of worship reformed according to Scripture, significantly influenced by theologians such as Martin Bucer and John Calvin.
18:05
October 26, 2021
Is Our Mission the Same as Jesus's Mission?
There is something about the Father sending Jesus on a mission that is a model for Christ sending us on a mission, but the question is, in what way? What is the mission that Christ gave to us, and how is it related to his mission? This is an important question, because some today argue that Jesus's statement in these two texts means that our mission is the same as Jesus's mission. In this short essay, Scott Aniol argues that our mission—like Christ's mission—is to do what we have been uniquely commissioned by Christ to do. You can read this essay at https://g3min.org/is-our-mission-the-same-as-jesuss-mission.
11:24
October 22, 2021
Who Leads Worship?
Who is qualified to be the "worship leader" within a church service? Listen as Scott Aniol addresses this questions biblically. You can read this article at https://g3min.org/who-leads-worship.
13:37
October 14, 2021
The Law of the Lord
Listen as Scott Aniol discusses the nature, limits, and strengths of God’s natural and special revelation from Psalm 19.
23:30
October 12, 2021
Draw Near
Listen as Scott Aniol reads his latest blog post, found at https://g3min.org/draw-near.
06:34
September 30, 2021
How Sweet and Awful Is the Place
A brief reflection on Isaac Watts's beautiful but lesser-known hymn on the doctrine of election, "How Sweet and Awful Is the Place."
07:05
September 28, 2021
Mission: Make Worshipers
Listen as Scott Aniol reads his latest blog post, found at https://g3min.org/mission-make-worshipers.
06:47
September 23, 2021
Submitting to Government
Implications of living as dual citizens in God’s two kingdoms, submitting to human government, obeying God rather than men, the limited jurisdictions of human government
19:15
September 21, 2021
People of the Book
What does the sufficiency of Scripture really mean? Listen as Scott Aniol reads his latest blog post, published at https://g3min.org/people-of-the-book.
04:34
September 15, 2021
Teach Me, My God and King
A brief reflection on John Wesley's adaptation of George Herbert's poem. Download this hymn for free at classichymns.org. Teach me, my God and King, in all things Thee to see, and what I do in anything, to do it as for Thee. To scorn the senses’ sway, while still to Thee I tend; in all I do be Thou the Way, in all be Thou the End. All may of Thee partake; nothing so small can be, but draws, when acted for Thy sake, greatness and worth from Thee. If done t'obey Thy laws, e’en servile labors shine; hallowed is toil, if this the cause, the meanest work divine.
03:20
September 14, 2021
By the Waters of Babylon
Why "By the Waters of Babylon"? Does Psalm 137 really have any relevance for Christians today? Listen as Scott Aniol reads his essay posted at https://g3min.org/by-the-waters-of-babylon.
11:27
September 08, 2021
God's Two Kingdoms
How should Christians respond to the culture around them? Adam’s failure to be the perfect king/priest and Christ’s success. God’s two kingdoms in this present age.
25:14
September 07, 2021
An Important Announcement
Scott Aniol makes an important announcement about his new position at G3 Ministries.
03:39
September 01, 2021
God's Universal Natural Revelation
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/news-reviews/gods-natural-revelation.
05:26
August 25, 2021
God has revealed himself
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-theology/god-has-revealed-himself.
03:48
August 18, 2021
Living as Exiles
Christians as exiles in a pagan world, why do we assume new is best?, Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns by T. David Gordon, characteristics of our pagan world, and more!
20:49
August 17, 2021
Let the Little Children Come: Family Worship on Sunday (and the other Six Days, too)
Hear Scott Aniol talk about his new book on family worship, available now from Free Grace Press. https://freegracepress.com/products/let-the-little-children-come
06:10
June 18, 2021
Should we expect to experience God's presence in worship?
Scott Aniol interacts with Glenn Packiam's response to Hans Boersma's article on First Things, "The Liturgical Medium is the Message," and argues that both authors have a similar errant expectation that Christians ought to expect to physically experience God's manifest presence through the liturgy and music. Rather, Christians must draw near to God by faith. Scott then recommends a book that well articulates this corrective to medieval and contemporary experientialism, What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse. "The Liturgical Medium is the Message" by Hans Boersma: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/05/the-liturgical-medium-is-the-message "Why Contemporary Worship Isn't Actually Ruining the Church" by Glenn Packiam: https://www.missioalliance.org/why-contemporary-worship-is-not-ruining-the-church What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse: https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/what-happens-when-we-worship-cruse.html Full book review: https://artistictheologian.com/2021/04/16/what-happens-when-we-worship-jonathan-landry-cruse/
22:08
May 07, 2021
The Work of the People
A biblical understanding of the corporate importance of gathered worship should impact everything we do in corporate worship. Listen as Scott Aniol discusses such implications. Read this at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-work-of-the-people.
07:30
May 05, 2021
Jesus Shall Reign
A brief reflection on "Jesus Shall Reign," Isaac Watts's interpretive paraphrase of Psalm 72.
06:51
April 30, 2021
Sacerdotalism in Contemporary Worship
Unfortunately, while contemporary evangelical churches don’t necessarily suffer from the kind of sacerdotalism that developed in the medieval church, a similar problem has emerged. Listen as Scott Aniol explains. You can read this at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/sacerdotalism-in-contemporary-worship.
03:13
April 28, 2021
The Preparation and Participation in Corporate Worship
In the second half of chapter 6 of Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, Scott Aniol discusses how to best prepare for and participate in corporate worship each week.
12:58
April 26, 2021
You Have Come to Heavenly Worship
Two visions of heavenly worship, the Christian's reality now, the necessity of faith, and worship shaped by the worship of heaven
20:54
April 23, 2021
The Work of Ministry
Every member should be actively involved in corporate worship, for the glory of God, to the benefit of our own individual fellowship with God, and for the building up of the entire body. Posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-work-of-ministry.
08:31
April 21, 2021
The Priesthood of All Believers
The worship that takes place in God’s temple is not reserved for ordained clergy who worship on behalf of the congregation as mediators between them and God. All believers are priests who have full access to the presence of God and who offer spiritual sacrifices to him. Listen as Scott Aniol explains in a reading of a post at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-priesthood-of-all-believers.
08:18
April 14, 2021
The Purpose of Corporate Worship
How should we think about Sunday morning? Listen as Scott Aniol reads the first part of chapter 6 from his book, Sound Worship, and addresses the issue of the purpose of corporate worship.
19:33
April 12, 2021
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
A brief reflection on "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" by Charles Wesley, set to ABERYSTWYTH. You can download this hymn at https://religiousaffections.org/hymns/jesus-lover-of-my-soul.
04:53
April 09, 2021
Dialogue with God in Corporate Worship
How should the dialogical nature of worship impact what we do in corporate gatherings? Listen as Scott Aniol explains.
08:60
April 07, 2021
The Redemption and Judgment of Beauty
Beauty is sourced in God and has been marred by sin, but as redeemed Christians, we have a responsibility to judge whether things are beauty based on the absolute standard of God's transcendent beauty. Listen as Scott Aniol reads the second half of chapter 5 from his book, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World.
14:29
April 05, 2021
The Guiltless Dies for the Guilty: Satisfaction in Bach's St. Matthew Passion
J. S. Bach masterfully portrays the satisfaction of God's wrath in the death of his Son through how he musically sets the passion narrative from St. Matthew, including other poetry and key chorales. Listen as Scott Aniol explains along with musical examples. You can (and should!) listen to the whole of Bach's St. Matthew Passion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k4Ph-H5ZO4
17:17
April 01, 2021
God Speaks, We Respond
Commune with God is a conversation, a dialogue. Posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/god-speaks-we-respond.
06:23
March 31, 2021
The Source and Marring of Beauty
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? In order to answer that question biblically, we first need to determine the source of beauty and recognize the fact that beauty was marred by sin. Scott Aniol addresses this topic in the first half of chapter 5 in his book, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World.
16:25
March 29, 2021
This Is My Father's World
A brief reflection on "This Is My Father's World" by Maltbie Babcock, set to TERRA BEATA.
04:11
March 26, 2021
Dialogue with God
Jesus’s conversation with the Samaritan woman in John 4 explains the nature of all-satisfying communion with God. Posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/dialogue-with-god.
05:33
March 24, 2021
Evaluating Musical Communication
An application of principles about musical communication to the Christian's musical choices in life and in corporate worship. A reading of the second half of chapter 4 from Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World by Scott Aniol.
18:06
March 22, 2021
Understanding and Resisting the Secular Religion of our Day
How Christian values waned in the West, Scripture as the foundation of human reason, the rise of the religion of secularism, and Christianity’s failure to resist.
17:45
March 11, 2021
Living Water
Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman in John 4 is text that helps us to see that worship is communion with God. Audio version of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/living-water.
06:50
March 10, 2021
How Should We Evaluate Musical Communication
Audio of the first half of chapter 4 from Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World. Scott Aniol addresses the issue of musical meaning and urges Christians to ask careful questions about what their music communicates.
17:39
March 08, 2021
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
brief reflection on "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise" by Walter Chalmers Smith.
05:44
March 05, 2021
Covenant Renewal in Corporate Worship
The audio version of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/covenant-renewal-in-corporate-worship.
11:55
March 03, 2021
Why Do We Sing in Church?
An excerpt from Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, Chapter 3: Why Do We Sing in Church?
26:36
March 01, 2021
Is Our Mission the Same as Christ's Mission?
Are we supposed to complete Christ's mission? What did Jesus mean when we said, "As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you"? Are we supposed to redeem culture?
19:34
February 26, 2021
Brought Near by the Blood of Christ
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/brought-near-by-the-blood-of-christ.
05:08
February 24, 2021
Sound Worship Chapter 2: Is the Bible Enough?
An excerpt from Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World by Scott Aniol. Chapter 2: "Is the Bible Enough?"
27:19
February 22, 2021
God Moves in a Mysterious Way
A brief reflection on "God Moves in a Mysterious Way" by William Cowper.
05:25
February 19, 2021
The Church: God's Temple
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-church-gods-temple.
10:54
February 18, 2021
Sound Worship, Chapter 1: Does Music Matter?
A new segment on the By the Waters of Babylon Podcast: Remembering Zion, resources for setting our minds on things above. In this episode, Scott reads the introduction and chapter 1 of his book, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World. Chapter 1 is titled, "Does Music Matter?"
23:06
February 14, 2021
Gospel Renewal in Corporate Worship
What are we really doing when we gather for corporate worship each week? The church as God’s temple. What Happens When We Worship? by Jonathan Landry Cruse. Corporate worship as covenant renewal.
18:54
February 12, 2021
The Authority of Worship over the Order of Corporate Worship
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-authority-of-scripture-over-the-order-of-corporate-worship.
10:30
February 10, 2021
Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word
A brief reflection on "Blessed Jesus, at the Word" by Tobias Clausnitzer with LIEBSTER JESU by Johann Ahle.
04:37
February 04, 2021
The Extent of Biblical Authority over Worship
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-extent-of-biblical-authority-over-worship.
05:13
February 03, 2021
Culture and Ethnicity
Is culture the same as ethnicity? What biblical ideas best inform our contemporary understanding of culture?
21:31
January 28, 2021
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
A brief reflection on the hymn "Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above" by Johann Jacob Schutz.
04:32
January 21, 2021
The Traditions of Men
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/the-traditions-of-men.
04:31
January 20, 2021
A Concise Biblical Evaluation of Critical Theory
Extra-biblical ideas as tools, defining critical theory, ethnicity and race, white supremacy and multiculturalism, and resolving division in society and church Article version of this episode: https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-culture/a-concise-biblical-evaluation-of-critical-theory/
23:10
January 14, 2021
Episode 63: Start the New Year with our 5 Day Bible Narratives Devotional Resources
5 Day Bible Narratives devotional resources available at tunemyheart.org, special thanks to donors (donate at religiousaffections.org/about).
04:57
December 26, 2020
Episode 62: Twelve Hymns of Christmas
Brief meditations on twelve Christmas hymns.
08:32
December 24, 2020
Episode 62: Jesus Shall Reign
Which advent is in view in Isaac Watt's setting of Psalm 72, "Jesus Shall Reign"?
04:10
December 17, 2020
Episode 62: Advent Hymns
Brief reflections on several Advent hymns.
06:35
December 10, 2020
Episode 61: Should Christians Celebrate Advent and Christmas?
When are the 12 Days of Christmas? Does Christmas have pagan roots? Which advent is in view in "Joy to the World"?
19:46
December 03, 2020
The Foundations Are Not Destroyed
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/biblical-studies/the-foundations-are-not-destroyed.
05:10
November 18, 2020
Lord Jesus, Think on Me
A brief reflection on "Lord Jesus, Think on Me" by Synesius of Cyrene and paraphrased by Allen W. Chatfield.
02:53
November 12, 2020
Responses to Crumbling Foundations
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/biblical-studies/responses-to-crumbling-foundations.
04:50
November 11, 2020
Reinforcing Foundations
The foundations of society are crumbling; what can the righteous do? Reaffirm God's foundational principles.
22:24
November 05, 2020
If the Foundations Are Destroyed
A reading of an essay posted at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/biblical-studies/if-the-foundations-are-destroyed.
10:40
November 04, 2020
"Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee" by Martin Luther
A brief reflection of one of Martin Luther's first hymns, "Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee," a paraphrase of Psalm 130. Download this hymn at classichymns.org.
07:04
October 29, 2020
Torah's Counsel
A reading of a blog post at ReligiousAffections.org by Scott Aniol.
03:53
October 28, 2020
Scripture-Formed Worship
The theologic of biblical worship, Scripture-formed music, aesthetic correspondence
22:36
October 22, 2020
God's Response to Wicked Imagination
Read this at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/biblical-studies/gods-response-to-wicked-imagination.
09:18
October 21, 2020
Reformation Hymns
Hymn recommendations for Reformation Sunday. You can read about these hymns and download them for free at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/hymnody/reformation-hymns-2.
07:03
October 15, 2020
Wicked Counsel Enacted in History
Print version posted at ReligiousAffections.org.
05:32
October 14, 2020
Vote to Save Unborn Lives
The God-ordained purpose of government, the tragedy of abortion, Democratic and Republican policies and record on abortion, responsibility in voting
19:17
October 08, 2020
The Counsel of the Wicked
Reading of a blog posted October 7, 2020. Read it here.
05:52
October 07, 2020
To Avert from Men God's Wrath
A brief reflection on "To Avert from Men God's Wrath" by John Hus, adapted by Martin Luther. Download free at www.classichymns.org.
04:01
September 25, 2020
Torah for the Heart
Reading of a blog posted September 23, 2020. Read it here.
04:31
September 23, 2020
The Importance of Beauty for Christian Discipleship
What it means to be a disciple of Christ, shaping hearts, The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis, Scripture’s aesthetic forms, Tune My Heart, and the role of corporate worship in forming disciples
20:36
September 17, 2020
'Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies | Songs of Zion, Ep. 22
"'Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies" by Charles Wesley; OLIVE'S BROW by William Bradbury. Download for free at classichymns.org.
03:40
September 10, 2020
Ep. 21 – Why We Need the Psalms
Wickedness around us, “That Man Is Blest Who Fearing God” by Isaac Watts, praise in the Psalms, Singing the Songs of Jesus by Michael LeFabvre, and the nature of true blessedness
19:10
September 03, 2020
Be Thou My Vision | Songs of Zion, Ep. 21
A better way to sing the Old Irish hymn, "Be Thou My Vision."
04:35
August 27, 2020
Ep. 20 – The Building Blocks of Worship
Defining worship, foundations at Creation, pagan worship, Moses and Israel, and the significance of Christ
18:48
August 21, 2020
Ep. 19 - Lessons from Pandemic
What can we learn from the pandemic? What should churches do? What should be our goal with COVID-19? Our relationship to government, and more.
17:46
August 10, 2020
The Day of Resurrection | Songs of Zion, Ep. 20
A brief reflection on "The Day of Resurrection" by John of Damascus.
02:57
April 27, 2020
Ep. 18 – When the Commands of God and Men Conflict
What is the biblical role of government? The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher, and what do we do when the government commands contradict God’s commands?
20:04
April 20, 2020
The Strife Is O'er | Songs of Zion, Ep. 19
A brief reflection on "The Strife Is O'er." Download the hymn here: https://religiousaffections.org/hymns/strife-is-oer-the/.
02:41
April 12, 2020
Ep. 17 – Church and Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Virtual Lord’s Supper, hymn resources, Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware, and using this time to develop healthy family worship habits
20:04
April 06, 2020
My Song Is Love Unknown | Songs of Zion, Ep. 18
A brief reflection on "My Song Is Love Unkown" by Samuel Crossman.
03:57
March 30, 2020
Ep. 16 - Out of the Depths
Psalm 130, confession of sin, “Out of the Depths” by Martin Luther, Draw Near: The Heart of Communion with God by Scott Aniol, and what songs do artistically
23:27
March 23, 2020
How a church can worship “together” during COVID-19
A special coronavirus episode with resource suggestions for churches forced to worship in small gropus. Full text and resources at https://religiousaffections.org/articles/articles-on-worship/how-a-church-can-worship-together-during-covid-19/.
06:20
March 20, 2020
O Love, How Deep | Songs of Zion, Ep. 17
A brief reflection on "O Love, How Deep." Background music from "Wayfaring Stranger" by John Catchings. Used by permission.
03:37
March 16, 2020
Ep. 15 – Biblical Worldview
What is a worldview? A better way to sing “Be Thou My Vision.” Shaping our worldview by Scripture. Christian worldview in a post-Enlightenment culture. The reasonableness of Christian faith.
20:19
March 09, 2020
Ah, Holy Jesus | Songs of Zion, Ep. 16
A brief refleciton on "Ah, Holy Jesus" by Johann Heermann, tr. Robert Bridges. Background music from "Impromptu: Meditative Hymn Improvisations" by Paul S. Jones. Used by permission. Visit classichymns.org to download this hymn.
03:42
March 02, 2020
Ep. 14 – Affections and Feelings
Biblical definition of affection, evolution of the idea of emotions, Jonathan Edwards, “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” by Charles Wesley, Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards by Ryan Martin, and controlling the passions
20:34
February 24, 2020
Come to the Waters | Songs of Zion, Ep. 15
A brief refleciton on "Come to the Waters" by James Montgomery Boice from Hymns for a Modern Reformation. Background music from "Impromptu: Meditative Hymn Improvisations" by Paul S. Jones. Used by permission. Visit classichymns.org to download this hymn.
05:49
February 17, 2020
Ep. 13 – Three Forms of Culture
Biblical definition of culture, “My God, I Love Thee,” pop culture, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Ken Myers, and the church’s use of culture.
20:50
February 10, 2020
O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus | Songs of Zion Ep. 14
A brief reflection on "O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus." Background music from "Sacre Music for Cello" by Paul S. Jones. Used by permission.
02:58
February 03, 2020
Ep. 12 - Let the Little Children Come
Children in worship, “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” worship formation, Parenting in the Pew, tips for pastors, parents, and parishioners
20:04
January 27, 2020
My God, I Love Thee | Songs of Zion Ep. 13
A brief reflection on "My God, I Love Thee." Background music from "Impromptu: Meditative Hymn Improvisations" by Paul S. Jones. Used by permission.
02:58
January 20, 2020
Ep. 11 - Why We Sing
Psalm 96, the formative power of singing, “Father, Most Holy,” Singing and Making Music by Paul Jones
20:04
January 13, 2020
Behold, the Great Creator | Songs of Zion Ep. 12
A brief hymn reflection on "Behold, the Great Creator."
01:42
January 06, 2020
Christians, Awake! Salute the Happy Morn | Songs of Zion Ep. 11
A brief hymn reflection on "Christians, Awake! Salute the Happy Morn."
01:54
January 03, 2020
See Amid the Winter's Snow | Songs of Zion Ep. 10
A brief hymn reflection on "See Amid the Winter's Snow."
02:04
January 01, 2020
All My Heart this Night Rejoices | Songs of Zion Ep. 9
A brief hymn reflection on "All My Heart this Night Rejoices."
02:36
December 30, 2019
In the Bleak Midwinter | Songs of Zion Ep. 8
A brief hymn reflection on "In the Bleak Midwinter."
02:30
December 27, 2019
From Heaven Above to Earth I Come | Songs of Zion Ep. 7
A brief hymn reflection on "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come."
02:03
December 25, 2019
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming | Songs of Zion Ep. 6
A brief hymn reflection on "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming."
02:26
December 23, 2019
How Bright Appears the Morning Star | Songs of Zion Ep. 5
A brief hymn reflection on "How Bright Appears the Morning Star."
02:26
December 20, 2019
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light | Songs of Zion Ep. 4
A brief hymn reflection on "Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light."
02:00
December 18, 2019
Love Came Down at Christmas | Songs of Zion Ep. 3
A brief hymn reflection on "Love Came Down at Christmas"
01:34
December 16, 2019
Of the Father's Love Begotten | Songs of Zion Ep. 2
A brief hymn reflection on "Of the Father's Love Begotten."
02:28
December 13, 2019
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence | Songs of Zion Ep. 1
A brief reflection on the hymn, "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"
02:32
December 11, 2019
Ep. 10 - The Advent of Christ
The 12 Days of Christmas, “Savior of the Nations, Come,” Does Christmas have pagan roots?, and which advent is in view in “Joy to the Word”?
20:01
December 09, 2019
Ep. 9 - Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response
Gratitude, the nature of spiritual affections, “Father, We Thank Thee,” and Eucharist.
21:29
November 25, 2019
Ep. 8 - Diversity and Unity in the Body of Christ
Christian Identity, “My Song Is Love Unknown” by Samuel Crossman, Spiritual Unity, and the Benefits of Functional Diversity
20:52
November 11, 2019
Ep. 7 - The Reformation of Worship
The People’s Work, 1 Corinthians 14, “Ah, Holy Jesus” by Johann Heermann, Worship Reformed According to Scripture by Hughes Oliphant Old, and biblical authority.
20:14
October 28, 2019
Ep. 6 - The Theo-Logic of Biblical Worship
The Pattern of Worship at Mt. Sinai, Fourth-Century Latin Hymn “Holy God, We Praise Your Name,” Recurring Worship Pattern in the Temple, Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell, and the Pattern of Heavenly Worship.
20:13
October 14, 2019
Ep. 5 - Christians in Culture
Historic Christian approaches toward culture, “Lord, We Bow Before Your Glory” by Eric Alexander, Worldview without God, Augustine’s City of God, and the Lord’s Day.
20:27
September 23, 2019
Ep. 4 - Work that Serves Christ
Christian vocation, “How Sad Our State” by Isaac Watts, God’s two kingdoms, What Is Vocation? by Stephen Nichols, and God’s work in the world.
21:44
September 09, 2019
Ep. 3 - Seek the Welfare of the City
God's common grace in culture, distinct worship, review of By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and the importance of welcoming children into corporate worship.
21:47
August 26, 2019
Ep. 2 - Singing the Lord's Song in a Pagan Culture
The church as exiles and strangers, a hymn resource, review of A New Song for an Old World by Calvin Stapert, and a biblical definition of culture.
23:30
August 14, 2019
Ep. 1 - By the Waters of Babylon
In this episode: Is Psalm 137 relevant for today? Recommendation on The Conservative Church by David de Bruyn Review of To Change the World by James Davison Hunter Review of "Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace" by Sean Nolan What does it mean to be "people of the Book"?
21:35
July 30, 2019