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Orality, Storying Basics, Strategy

Etching God’s Word

mindworms   Got a song stuck in your head? “I’m Henry the Eighth I am. Henry the Eighth I am I am…” [If that’s new to you, here’s Herman’s Hermits on the Ed Sullivan Show: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GisCRxREDkY]

Okay, now you do (sorry!). It’s not an accident or some sinister mind control game. Scientists call these repeating loops “mindworms.” God wired our brains to remember instructions thru narratives, chants, poetry, dance, and songs.

God wants His truth to stick. People can more easily embrace God’s ways when they can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the gospel. Personal interaction and vicarious experiences add to our “gateways” for learning. And scientists have discovered that emotions etch these memories into our minds so that we can recall them years later.

Are you creating a “learning environment” that produces godly memories? Each lesson in the story sets I’m now developing has at least two or three senses engaged. I can’t admit to engaging them all in each session, but each participant will more likely remember the story and be able to reproduce it that way. In relational small groups that story, it is important to see how God’s Truths will stick in new ways, even if it might involve a few, yes, mindworms.

So, go ahead and learn a few Scripture songs and Henry the Eighth will be shoved down in the playlist.

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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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