Articles on Worship

Do This in Remembrance of Me – Christian Article

The observance of the “Last Supper” by Jesus and his disciple appears in all four gospels, though John does not give details of the meal itself (Matt. 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19, 20). The particular elements of the meal mentioned in the gospel records (and repeated later in 1 Corinthians) each become significant for the […] This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by Scott Aniol Read Full Article

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What is the Nature of Religion? Worldview – Christian Article

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series “Worldview-Forming Worship” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Religion is composed of two parts, the first of which is worldview. A worldview consists of a set of assumptions a person holds about reality; it is a lens through which he understands and interprets everything around him. James Sire has provided a helpful and influential definition of worldview: A worldview is a commitment, a…

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What is the Nature of Religion? Theology – Christian Article

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series “Worldview-Forming Worship” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Broadly speaking, theology is how we intentionally answer the questions James Sire provided (see last week’s post) that form the assumptions at the core of our worldview. What we believe about the nature of reality, the purpose and meaning of life, the basis of right and wrong, and most importantly God form our theology. Theology…

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Religion = Worldview + Theology – Christian Article

This entry is part of 4 in the series “Worldview-Forming Worship” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Everyone has an implicit worldview—a fundamental orientation of the heart expressed in assumptions about reality, and most people have an explicit theology—conscious beliefs expressed in stated propositions. The combination of worldview and theology is what constitutes a religion. Expressed in this way, all people have a religion, whether they acknowledge it or not. Even atheists have…

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Why We Let the Little Ones Come to the Service – Christian Article

I remember the Sunday driving home from church when Becky said, “Wow, I think I was able to listen to the whole sermon today.” Our kids had finally reached the age where they were able to sit still in our church’s service without needing attention. Now we’ve “started over” with two more children. There is no doubt that welcoming children into the service is difficult for parents, but I am convinced it is the best thing for the children, the…

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Pentecostalism’s View of the Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship – Christian Article

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series “The Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Last week, I noted that the most common expectation today of the Holy Spirit’s work in worship is that he will make God’s presence known in a tangible way, and I promised to discuss where this expectation arose. This expectation is certainly not new; theologians such as John Owen and Jonathan…

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Holy Spirit, come flood this place and fill the atmosphere – Christian Article

Scott Aniol | January 9th, 2019 | This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series “The Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Arguably, the default expectation of contemporary evangelical worshipers is that the Holy Spirit works in worship in such a way so as to create an extraordinary experience, well expressed in the popular worship song by Bryan and Katie Torwalt: Holy spirit, You are welcome…

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The Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship: Extraordinary Experience or Disciplined Formation? – Christian Article

Scott Aniol | January 3rd, 2019 | This entry is part of 1 in the series “The Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. “Our church’s worship is pretty formal, but I prefer Holy Spirit-led worship.” Such was a comment I overheard recently by a young evangelical describing his church’s worship service, illustrating a very common perception by many evangelicals today—if the Holy Spirit actively works in worship, the…

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