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Orality, Storying Basics, Tips and Troubleshooting

Safeguarding Scripture in Stories

Bible - wornIt has been said that the only people trying to alter scripture are people with seminary degrees. Most church members that I know leading small groups that use Bible Storying are terrified to be inaccurate. They work really hard to stick to the Scripture or Bible lesson.

I was a writer for LifeWay for three quarters over three years. I saw my own lesson being butchered by a teacher who had an agenda on certain passages. And this guy even had the curriculum in his own lap. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but I will say Bible Storying doesn’t have anything new on Bible study leaders saying things their own way.

Okay, that said, I believe it all begins in the DNA infused in leader training. We teach respect for God’s Word and try to stay as close to the biblical text as possible but yet voicing the story as a “told story.” Everyone in the group should be told that the story is from God’s Word. They can listen to it on a free audio download (Thank you, http://www.FaithComesbyHearing.com) or look it up when they need a verbatim “plumbline” or reference source. Even in primary oral villages, I have been told that believers know that someone that knows the story will correct it at some later point and bring dishonor to them. However, to hear a story means it will be more easily reproducible in the work place or somewhere else as the Lord provides.

We’ve learned that low literacy readers hear the story and want to improve their reading skills so they can read it for themselves. This makes the Orality Movement a friend of Christian literacy groups. This is a cool worldwide phenomenon, which brings honor to the Lord and His Word.

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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