How Story Structure Can Clarify Ideas

“Story” is an extremely useful tool for clarifying our key ideas and bringing focus to our message. This won’t make sense to some people. Whatever you think about “story,” set that aside for a moment. [Read more…]

Building the Biblical Story

In order to teach the Bible and share the gospel, we do best to understand both how stories work and how people learn. If we lack sufficient knowledge of either, we might create unnecessary challenges to our ministry. In mission circles, “story” is often linked with orality and UPG work. Among theologians, the entire Bible [Read More…]

Has Orality Been Taken Too Far?

There is an interesting dialogue in the newest issue of EMQ. The article is titled, “Has the Use of Orality Been Taken Too Far?” written by Wes Seng, from Mission Resources International. Wes warns against a subtle tendency of some who prioritize storytelling and oral strategies. The danger is that we might begin to denigrate [Read More…]

Interview with Christine Dillon (Part 2)

This the second half of my interview with Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. We talk about storying in relation to honor-shame. Christine has written Telling the Gospel through Story: Evangelism that Keeps People Wanting More as well as 1-2-1 Discipleship. She has an excellent blog, which has been translated into [Read More…]

Interview with Christine Dillon (Part 1)

Today, I interview Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. We talk about storying in relationship to contextualization and honor-shame. Christine has written Telling the Gospel through Story: Evangelism that Keeps People Wanting More as well as 1-2-1 Discipleship. She has an excellent blog, which has been translated into other languages including [Read More…]

Two Advantages of Storying in Honor-Shame Cultures

Today’s post comes from guest blogger Christine Dillon, a church planter in Taiwan with OMF International. Christine has written Telling the Gospel through Story: Evangelism that Keeps People Wanting More as well as 1-2-1 Discipleship. She has an excellent blog, which has been translated into other languages including Mandarin. Jackson recently came to share on “honour [Read More…]

Why Not Begin with Babel?

Previously, I examined common problems that emerge when we start with the Adam story (Part 1, Part 2). I also suggested another way one could start with Adam and Eve without succumbing to individualism or running into a number of apologetic questions.

Today, I offer an example whereby we can start with the group rather than the individual, i.e. the nations rather than Adam as an individual. [Read more…]

"Why does Adam’s fruit fixation send me to hell?"

adam-and-eve-798376_1280 There are a number of reasons people normally start with Adam with presenting the gospel. Adam’s fall, following the creation account, stands at the beginning of the biblical story. Naturally, people simply follow the sequence of events. People want to explain the origin of sin. People use the Adam story to explain the meaning [Read More…]

Don't Adamize the Gospel

Where do you start when sharing the gospel? The beginning of a story has disproportionate influence on the effect that story has on the listener. It introduces the context, the main characters, key categories of thinking as well as the conflict, which the story will resolve. I suggest that traditional gospel presentations begin at the [Read More…]