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Etching God’s Word

   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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GisCRxREDkY%5D Okay, now you do (sorry!). It’s not an accident or some sinister mind control game. Scientists call these repeating loops … Continue reading

Good Selection or Good Story?

The five “standard” dialogue questions were not on anyone’s radar back when I learned Bible Storying 20 years ago. Yet, everyone using Bible Storying was finding tremendous results. Here are the standard five dialogue questions: What did you like? What did you not like? (What troubled you?) What did you learn about God? What did … Continue reading

Why Story THAT Story?

Why do you tell the Bible stories that you tell? Did you practice a few in a training session and just haven’t quite gotten around to learning others? Are they just so familiar that you can evoke emotions each time you tell your favorite one so you just stick with the proven “winner”? Are you … Continue reading

Using Pictures in Bible Storying

When I became a follower of Jesus at age 7, I clearly remember one very bloody picture at Jesus’ crucifixion. The picture was in the Bible I kept by my bed. There were a number of biblically-accurate paintings that have stuck with me to this day. Pictures convey powerful images that can trigger emotions that … Continue reading

Reading Deficiency and Bible Storying

After attending a TruthSticks Training in Bolivar, Mo., in September 2012, a godly lady with her doctorate in nursing began storying with those who are in Celebrate Recovery, a biblically-based addiction program in her church in Golden, Mo. They have begun using Story Thru the Bible, a collection of 52 Bible stories by Walk Thru … Continue reading

Awakening to the need for Orality in our Churches

In Montreal in February 2010, I tore pages out of a novel and gave it to the 60 people attending the very first TruthSticks storying workshop. (The training was ahead of the book’s release.) I asked them to tell me what they thought the book was about based on that single page that they held in their … Continue reading

Safeguarding Scripture in Stories

It 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 … Continue reading

Using Bible Portions that Aren’t Oral

There are 500 to 700 stories in the Bible. I’m the guy that counted them. Okay, it might be tough to story the book of Numbers with its lists, I’ll admit. But take a new look at using Psalms, Proverbs, and the epistles. They contain doctrine that is very important. Begin by asking, “What is my … Continue reading

Bring the Story Alive

Keep the story as biblically accurate as possible. (There is no need for it to become a recitation.) By “walking around in the story” or “living in the story” most of us usually mean that we can vicariously experience the truths in the story. It’s in a neutral zone, but the light goes off as … Continue reading

Evangelizing Children with Bible Stories, part two

After a luncheon meeting with pastors recently, a ministry leader pulled me aside and asked about evangelizing children. I mentioned Bible Storying methods as a way to help children have a concrete idea of what Jesus did on the cross for their salvation. Having multiple opportunities to share stories from God’s Word leads the child … Continue reading