An engagement of stories

First published August 24, 2012

If I did a webinar about Jesus, I would probably start with a story.

Because Jesus told stories. He didn’t tell nice stories, not really. We think they were nice because we’ve made them nice. But he took dynamite for the status quo and wrapped it in narrative instead of rules. And then attached a slow-burning fuse so that by the time it blew up, you had walked away smiling at what his words seemed to do to the other guy. And then the assumptions that made up the foundation of your religiousity crumpled at the force of the truth.

I’ve told or retold a lot of stories here. It seems like a good way to make us all think. I decided to connect you to some of the stories I would probably tell if I did a webinar about Jesus.

It might be a story from John 5 like Father and Son and Father and Son – family business.

It might be a story about Donald Trump running a vineyard.

It might be a story about a scandalous miracle like a girl named Mary having a baby. (or another story about Mary like “A face that loves to see you”.)

Or a story called “The terror of normal” about how everyone was scared because Jesus healed someone.

I might tell you about “sexy Jesus” or “a lot of wine” or hypocrites because “the kingdom of heaven is a party” (part one, part two, part three, part four, part five)  but then I would have to talk about being saved (part one and part two).

I would probably mention that “Jesus was not a storyteller” and encourage us to spread “little pieces of love.

Have a great weekend. Listen to good stories.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.