vol. 6, num. 16 :: 2007.09.07 — 2007.09.21
There are stories that you’ve heard a dozen times or more and even though you may roll your eyes when you hear the opening line yet again, let’s face it: it’s a good story. Furthermore, you have your own stories that you tell over and over again. “Each man has his own batch of poems” (Herzog, Saul Bellow). On the good stories that we’ve read, heard, lived and told.
Thoughts from a writing teacher and father-to-be.
On listening to both the factual and fictional stories that surround us.
A story about a man, a woman, a ceremony and more.
The clandestine motivations of storytelling can find us either apathetic or engaged.
Reflection on a nighttime ritual that fills various kinds of needs.
On the paradoxes and perils of rodent home invasion.
A grandfather’s death brings an opportunity to reflect on family stories.
An interview with Dawn Ulmer about her annual story.
A grandmother’s stories about death and destruction warrant both laughter and love.
A review of the work of storyteller Michael Perry.
On the cinematic audacity of Todd Solondz in Storytelling.
A review of Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A college professor shares a story of living in relationship with God.
On the unseen variables and pleasant surprises of life's road trips.
What unites these stories on the surface is that they're all made from old tapes, recordings found in attics and thrift stores. What unites them under that surface is that they all end up being stories about the legacies that fathers leave their children.
Telling stories from Scripture changes the people who learn them well enough to tell them—and changes worshipers who hear the old, old story anew.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
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