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Orality, Storying Basics

Imagine That!

Imagination    John Evans holds the Guinness World Record for balancing a 343 pound car on his head.[1] Just as John had to grow muscle, especially in his 24 inch neck, we have to give our brains a regular workout. We must grow dendrites in order to receive, retain, and retrieve God’s Truths.

     We all know that a good story is the next best thing to being there. We can stop the story at any point. Mull over a specific point. Effortlessly we rocket through memories for a time when something similar happened to us—near drowning on a lake, getting too close to a superheated furnace, standing on top of a high building, being too sick to stand, holding the lifeless body of a child and weeping through the loss…whatever is relevant. We can instantaneously return to the story without a glitch. Now, that’s a mental workout that grows dendrites.

     Imagination provides the emotional “thump” to help us learn Bible stories. The “theater of the mind” clearly outdistances anything that mankind can contrive.

[1] “Heaviest Car Balanced on Head,” Guiness World Records, http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/amazing_feats/tests_of_strength/heaviest_car_balanced_on_the_head.aspx, cited August 2, 2009.

About Mark Snowden

TruthSticks originated from the book I co-authored with the late Avery Willis. Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truths in a Teflon World was the book and this blog and Bible studies have resulted. It's great to be partnering with churches who are committed to making disciple-makers. Request a catalog of Bible studies using orality at SnowdenMinistries@gmail.com.

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