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kregel.comacademic 21 TABLE OF CONTENTS ENDORSEMENTS ISBN 978-0-8254-4377-0 9 7 8 0 8 2 5 4 4 3 7 7 0 By the Waters of Babylon Worship in a Post-Christian Culture Scott Aniol 1. We Sat Down and Wept Problems for Worship in the Twenty-First Century 2. Exile in Babylon Missional Answers to Post-Christendom Ministry 3. How Shall We Sing the Lords Song in a Foreign Land 4. Singing the Songs of Babylon A History of Contextualization 5. Hanging Lyres or Building Houses Evaluation of Approaches to Culture 6. Songs Houses and Gardens What Is Culture Anyway 7. Language Literature and the Kings Meat A Biblical Model for Cultural Engagement 8. Future Hope Worship in the Heavenly Jerusalem 9. Zions Song 10. For Thus Says the Lord Who Regulates Worship 11. The Lords Song in a Foreign Land By the Waters of Babylon examines a relationship between worship culture and evangelism that is centered in a desire for biblical fidelity rather than cultural relevance. Imagine how the Hebrews felt during their years of captivity in Babylon. How could they sing the songs they once sang in the splendor of Jerusalem now that they sat in exile Christian worship in the West faces many of the same challenges as this tragic account of Israels captivity. By all accounts Christendom is dead and unbiblical beliefs have progressively permeated Western thought expectations and culture. So how should churches respond to this seismic shift in their relationship with an increasingly post-Christian culture while still following the biblical mandate to reach that culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ By the Waters of Babylon will help Christians wrestle through this critical issue of the relationship between Christian worship and evangelistic witness especially in the context of an increasinglyhostileculture.Theauthordemonstratesthatbiblically regulated gospel-shaped corporate worship that communicates Gods truth through appropriate cultural forms will have the most missional impact in a post-Christian context. Scott Aniol PhD Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is assistant professor of church music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas. His other publications include Worship in Song. Does God care how He is worshiped This questioncrucially important but often neglecteddemands careful biblical and theological consideration. Scott Aniol understands this. Committed to the sufficiency and authority of Scripture Aniol helps us come to terms with Scriptures own testimony to Gods design for our worship of Him. R. Albert Mohler Jr. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Aniol engages cultural concerns within the set of the larger issues of contextualization in the disciplines of missiology and cross-cultural communication of the gospel. This is a must-read for those engaged in analysis of worship styles and missiology alike. Keith Eitel Roy Fish School of Evangelism Missions TABLE OF CONTENTS ENDORSEMENTS 978-0-8254-4377-0 17.99 Paperback 6 x 9 216 pages Christian Rituals Practice Worship Liturgy Kregel Ministry Rights World Available MINISTRY