Bible Storying

So last night at our small group Liz Strik lead the group by telling the story of the woman caught in adultery from John 8. She had told the group last week that it was one of her favorite stories and so I thought this would be a great time to try a little experiment. I asked Liz if she would tell the story and that she could be as creative as she wanted to be. She knocked it out of the park by telling the story from the 1st person perspective of the woman.  The group was immediately engaged and we had one of the best discussions we have ever had.

So here’s the background: I recently read a book called Truth that Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World by Avery Willis and Mark Snowden. In it they reveal a 2003 study done by the U.S. Department of Education where they divided literacy into four groupings: Below Basic (14%), Basic (36%), Intermediate (37%) and Proficient (13%). Only one-third of college graduates are classified as proficient.

It isn’t that we don’t know how to read and write. But many people do not read and gather information from continuous paragraphs. Our culture is moving from being a literate culture back to more of an oral culture. Many MBA programs have moved from being book driven to doing most of their work off of case studies. What are case studies but essentially the story of businesses, programs and groups or individuals that tell of the struggles and steps they went through to get from Point A to Point B. I know I am making that way to simplistic, but you see my point.

Avery Willis and Mark Snowden write that if we want to evangelize and disciple our neighbors and families, we might do well to take a page out of the playbook of missionaries seeking to reach unreached people throughout Africa, Asia and South America. These cultures are more oral in tradition. They tell stories that have a point to teach traditions, morals and life lessons to their children. The Bible is made up of stories that have a point that lead us to our Creator and Savior and through which we can grow in our faith in Him.

So here’s to Bible Storying and using the great stories in the Bible to reveal Jesus to the world around us.

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~ by mikefoster on August 29, 2012.

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