Scott Aniol discusses biblical principles, historical issues, and recommended resources to aid Christians living for the Lord in a post-Christian culture.
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/
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.
Jesus Shall Reign
A brief reflection on "Jesus Shall Reign," Isaac Watts's interpretive paraphrase of Psalm 72.
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.
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.
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