Our Stories in God’s Story

by Sharon Warkentin Short The need to make sense of our lives seems to be a fundamental human drive. We all do it by interpreting our individual experiences in light of some larger controlling story. The “small stories” of our everyday lives take on whatever meaning...
Building relationships by telling our stories

Building relationships by telling our stories

By: A quotation in the New York Times Magazine has captivated me: “Every life is a story worth remembering.”1 Jesus’ life is a story on which we base much of our living as Christians. We actively remember Jesus’ life, his story. Jesus’...
The story of the sex slave

The story of the sex slave

By: There are lots of stories in the Bible that are never read in church, or taught in church schools, or even get discussed in adult Bible studies. They are the embarrassing underbelly of the Bible. How are we to regard them? Are they mistakes that somehow got by the...
The power of story: A spellbindingly good tale

The power of story: A spellbindingly good tale

By: My introduction to biblical storytelling came while I was serving as a director of Christian education in a local church in North Carolina in 1990. I was immediately hooked and started telling stories as a regular part of my work. This was an easy decision since...
How has the story changed in a new generation?

How has the story changed in a new generation?

By: Tell us about your spiritual journey.” The simple request hung in the air. I anxiously scanned the new members around the table. I had not been at the church long, and the congregation set in place the new member ritual long before they called me to serve...
How has the story changed in a new generation?

The power of story in congregational life

By: The novelist Henry James once said, “Stories happen to people who can tell them.” In other words, learning stories helps us give shape and meaning to experience; without them, we are victims of circumstance. The kinds of stories we learn shape how we experience...