The Importance of Stories

Jesus told stories. He revealed the kingdom of God by means of parables, stories, relatable experiences.

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“Jesus’ favorite speech form, the parable, was subversive. Parables sound absolutely ordinary: casual stories about soil and seeds, meals and coins and sheep, bandits and victims, farmers and merchants. And they are wholly secular: of his forty or so parables recorded in the Gospels, only one has its setting in church, and only a couple mention the name God. As people heard Jesus tell these stories, they saw at once that they weren’t about God, so there was nothing in them threatening their own sovereignty. They relaxed their defenses. They walked away perplexed, wondering what they meant, the stories lodged in their imagination. And then, like a time bomb, they would explode in their unprotected hearts. An abyss opened up at their very feet. He was talking about God; they had been invaded!”
― Eugene H. Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction

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Sometimes, a story is worth more than a sermon…or a lengthy discourse.

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

Laus Deo Ministries Intl.

#LDMI

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