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telling stories

May 10, 2010

The good guys wear white hats and draw faster and shoot straighter.  They win all their fights and ride off in the sunset with the pretty girls.

And they’re not real; they’re just a badly told story, missing most of the details.

Ever notice the heroes in the Bible?  Abraham, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul – all great men of God – all just as human as you or me.

A bad story is idealized and moralistic.  A good story shows pride and desire and fear and the battle to overcome them or to deal with the consequences when they’ve prevailed.  The goal of a good story is relationship and the protagonist’s temptation is to rat out a friend to save himself.

And God is a great story teller!