Storying

Orality: Storytelling and Millennial Engagement

I grew up in the South where sweet tea and gossip on the front porch were anchors. The one thing you can bank on in the south is stories grow with each passing year. Hunting stories, Christmas stories, birthday stories, and the list goes on.

Now I Understand

Your single-prop airplane buzzes low over the palm tree jungle. The pilot turns the yoke and banks into a slow arc. As the plane circles a tree-carpeted hill, you spot it — a grass airstrip running up the middle of a small village. Except for the nearby ri...

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Orality: Intergenerational and Cross Cultural

After 30 long hours of travel they arrived in the remote village deep in India. Cloaked in a headscarf a young woman shared the story of the Woman at the Well. Jesus’ prophetic words to the Samaritan woman left the crowd speechless. That storyteller was me.

A Good Story in the Making

Everyone loves a good story.Jesus knew it. He didn’t engage in debates to convince people to believe in God. Instead, He told stories about people whose lives were changed-so they could listen and identify, without feeling confronted and condemned. He k...

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Captivating Learners through the Art of Digital Storytelling

Take a moment to reflect on the last lecture or sermon that captivated your imagination, resonated with you in a meaningful way, and ultimately transformed your thinking. What elements of this particular talk especially impacted you?

Tell Me More Stories!

They live tucked away in a rugged mountain region where roads are merely mule tracks and footpaths that wind endlessly around the outer slopes of the Himalayas. Snowbound in their villages for up to four months a year, they must live entirely on what they’v...

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Orality Bible Project

No Place Left are designing a Bible storybook for making disciples of people who cannot read. Each master icon illustrates the Bible story’s main idea and fuels the imagination.

Bible stories come to life

When Banko Myle met a paralyzed woman in her Banna village, he told her a story he’d just learned. It was the Gospel story of Jesus healing the Bleeding Woman (Matthew 9, Mark 5, Luke 8). “Can that same Jesus heal me?” she asked.

Oral Bible Storytelling

Bible storytelling is an entry point for bringing God's truth to people without written scripture.

History Cloth – 42 Chronological Bible Stories

History Cloth is a resource featuring 42 chronological Bible stories revealing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Science of Storytelling

A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares ...

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Good news travels fast

If you heard a great story, how long would it be before you shared it with someone else? Probably not long. You’d be even quicker to share it if you were from one of the world’s oral cultures.

4 Steps to unleash your first Bible story

Last blog post, we uncovered a way of sharing the Gospel that connects with 70% of the world, and instead of hitting straight-up against worldview barriers often leaves people asking for more: Bible storytelling. So, how do you start telling Bible stories? ...

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StoryFire – Bible storytelling & discussion resource

StoryFire is a six-part audio series that trains you how to share God's Word through Bible storytelling and discussion. Based on the same principles MAF uses to train isolated church leaders around the world, StoryFire is now available for free download.

3 Ways Bible Storying can open hearts to God

For most people in our world, reading about Jesus will never connect to their heart, only hearing about him. And yet so many of our evangelism and disciple-making strategies rely on words printed on a page.

Connecting for Change — Experiencing Chance Encounters

What we might think of as chance encounters, may be better described as God’s redemptive connections. Years ago I came across a small booklet titled “There are no accidents with God.” Another author who has had a significant influence in my life is DeVern F...

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Application 5: Sharing Faith through Contextualized Visual Arts

Whether henna “storying” in South Asia or “contemporary indigenous art” in Australia, the visual arts provide a means of sharing the love of God.

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Application 6: Church Planting with Bible Storying and the Creative Arts

By combining storytelling with various artistic expressions, effective strategies are developing for communicating the gospel in culturally relevant ways.

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Application 7: Strengthening Ministry and Storytelling with Local Proverbs

Local proverbs can provide a natural connection point between biblical stories and local communities.

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Application 11: Arts Enliven Scripture-based Storytelling

An organization has experienced the favor of God as a result of its commitment to oral communication strategies

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Storytelling with Bramuel Musya

Bramuel Musya, Regional Director - East Africa, describes the practice of storytelling with audience participation. From the Lausanne Movement's Cape Town 2010 Congress.

My Journey in Bible Storytelling

Bible storyteller continues his blog in this journal

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Storytelling Works at the Salon

A seasoned practitioner shares with us how to use biblical storytelling in everyday situations.

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Questions from New Storytellers

J.O. Terry provides sage responses to frequently asked questions by new storytellers.

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Improving Memory for Bible Story Content by Using a Scene-Visualization Process

Memory at work helping us to learn the story and to retell it over and over.

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Let’s Do the Twist: Learning the Dance of Telling Interesting Bible Stories

The author explains how we experience stories through our own lenses shaped by our experiences and the cultural norms and values of our communities.

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The Worldwide Spread of Bible Storying: A Look at Where We’ve Been

An overview of the recent history and expansion of the Bible Storytelling movement.

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Storying

Pathways include:crafting; practice of; training…

Who should be in your storying group?

Donald McGavran, a missiologist, defined the Homogeneous Unit Principle as “a section of society in which all members have some characteristic in common.” The global work in missions for people groups was built around the HUP. IMB defines a people group as ...

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It’s All About the Story

The university where I teach, Houston Baptist University, is hosting a consultation this week for the International Orality Network. I will be attending the consultation and learning all I can regarding this new and important missions emphasis that recogniz...

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Ministering with Bible Stories

When you seek to meet the needs of others, how can you use Bible stories? Listening to people is the key. Trust that the Holy Spirit will bring Bible stories to mind, so listen to the Lord while listening to the person in need.

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