Monthly Archives: March 2008

Contrast: Stories vs. Bible

“I can remember it like it was yesterday. My heart was beating out of my chest, my eyes were filled with tears, and I had a thousand thoughts running through my mind. I knew that the decision I would make any moment now could alter my life for ever. I closed my eyes and pointed as to hope that all the options but the one that was best for me would just disappear. A nice young lady across from me startled me with her answer… “would you like fries with that?”

I have vivid memories of some great and not so great stories I have heard while people are preaching. Some are hilarious, other terrifying, and many were very moving. I love good stories and illustrations. Illustrations are normally a powerful part of many men’s sermons. A well placed, emotional story can do a great deal to move people to better understanding of the matter you are preaching on.However, I have noticed in my life that I often do not use stories as I should. They should be windows of light that bring better understanding of the message I am preaching. They should not be a stand alone point. They Bible is our authority not our experience. I believe we are more passionate and clear in our story telling then in Bible preaching because we experienced the story and only read the Bible. Our hearts race when we think about the last second shot we took. We can smell the popcorn, feel the pain from the long game, and hear the crowd as we tell that story. Often, when we tell the stories of the Bible we are simply rehearsing information that quickly memorized.I want to be a Bible teacher, a voice for the text and not simply a great story teller. If you are like me then you must join me as we experience the Bible in our reading!