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About Scott

Scott Aniol, PhD, is an author, speaker, and teacher of worship, church music philosophy, culture, and aesthetics. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he founded Religious Affections Ministries, he lectures around the country in churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries, and he has authored two books and dozens of articles.

Scott holds a masters degree in Musicology (NIU) and a PhD in worship and church music ministry (SWBTS).

Biography

Scott was born in reared in Michigan where he grew up in a Christian family, attended church regularly, and received his early education in Christian schools. Scott began piano lessons in second grade, trombone lessons in fifth grade, and voice lessons in Junior High, giving him an early love for music, especially in the local church.

At age 13 Scott repented of his sins and surrendered his life to Christ in faith. During his high school years he gained a deeper love for local church ministry and especially the study of theology and philosophy.

Scott pursued a bachelor’s degree in church music at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. There he met his wife, Becky, and they were married in June of 2004.

Scott began local church ministry as an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL in May of 2003. While serving there, he pursued graduate education in church music, hymnology, and choral conducting at Corcordia University (River Forest, IL), received a master’s degree in musicology at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL), and studied theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (Allen Park, MI) and Central Baptist Seminary (Plymouth, MN). Scott was ordained to the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church in April of 2004.

2013 Family PicWhile serving at First Baptist and pursuing additional graduate education, Scott began to write and speak regularly on topics of worship, music, culture, and aesthetics. He published a successful blog and was invited to speak at pastors’ conferences, seminaries, and churches in the US and around the world.

In August of 2008, Scott resigned from First Baptist Church to launch Religious Affections Ministries, a ministry of writing, speaking, and publishing in the areas of worship and church music. Scott has written two books and administered the publication of a dozen more through the ministry. He has spoken across the US and in several foreign countries at conferences, seminaries, and church, and is published in several theological journals.

Scott, his wife Becky, and their two children (Caleb and Kate) reside in Fort Worth, TX.

Books

Worship in Song: a Biblical Approach to Music and Worship

Wars are raging. These are not wars of flesh and blood, but of ideas – ideas about music and its role in life and the Church. Worship in Song attempts to address these important and sometimes controversial issues from a Scriptural foundation.

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Sound Worship: a Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World

This is a book about making musical choices. But not just any choices. This is a book about making musical choices that are deliberately informed by the Word of God. It is about making choices that are discerning, wise, beneficial, and edifying. This book is about making musical choices that will bring glory to God.

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Sound Worship: Teacher’s Edition

The Teacher’s Edition for Sound Worship: A Guide To Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World by Scott Aniol includes the full text of the book, 14,000 additional words of instruction, illustration, explanation, discussion questions, student handouts, and more.

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Resources

Below you will find sermons, academic lectures, articles, conference presentations, book reviews, and more from Scott.

Sermons

Academic articles/lectures

Conference presentations/popular articles

  • Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture – audiovideo
  • God Said Something About Worship – audio | paper
  • Correcting Categories: The Bible, Music, and Emotion – paper
  • How Can We Conserve Biblical Worship? – audio | paper
  • The Hymnody of the Christian Church: Function and Form – audio | paper
  • The Hymnody of the Christian Church: Two Roads Diverged – audio | paper
  • Is Music a Separation Issue? – paper
  • Drawing Near to God in Worship – audio
  • Preserving the Truth in our Worship – audio | paper | video
  • Conservative Christianity 101 – audio | paper
  • Train up a Child: Teaching the Next Generation to Worship – audio | paper
  • How To Evaluate Musical Communication – video
  • Preparation and Participation in Corporate Worship – video
  • “God is Really Among You” – the Evangelistic Impact of God-Centered Worship – audio | paper

Workshops/Tutorials

  • How to Read a Book and Write a Review – video
  • Research Tools and Tricks

Book reviews

  • “Book Review: Doxology and Theology ed. by Matt Boswell.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) – review
  • “Book Review: Imagining the Kingdom by James K. A. Smith.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2103) – review
  • “Book Review: A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) – review
  • “Book Review: Rhythms of Grace by Mike Cosper.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013)  - review
  • “Book Review: Story-Shaped Worship by Robbie F. Castleman.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) - review
  • “Gospel-Shaped Liturgy: A Review of Recent Literature.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) - review
  • “Book Review: Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Albert Wolters.” The Artistic Theologian 1 (2012) – review
  • “Book Review: The Glory Due His Name: What God Says About Worship by Gary Reimers.” Journal of Dispensational Theology (2011) – review
  • “Book Review: Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic by Nicholas Woltersdorf.” Religious Affections Minstries Blog (2011) – review
  • “Book Review: Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell.” Themelios (November, 2009) – review
  • “Book Review: God’s Word, the Final Word on Worship and Music by Dean Kurtz. Religious Affections Ministries (2008) – review

Blog Articles

Scott blogs at Religious Affections Ministries. Here are a selection of his most recent posts:

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Contact

How?

  • Email: saniol@gmail.com
  • Phone: 864-735-7261
  • Skype: scottmaniol

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