Archive for the 'Story-ology' Category

Joe Boyd on Between Two Kingdoms

Check out the most recent interview with Between Two Kingdoms author, Joe Boyd:

Tell an Alternative Story

Ivan Illich was once asked, ‘What is the most revolutionary way to change society: Is it violent revolution or is it gradual reform?’ He gave a careful answer: ‘Neither. If you want to change society, then you must tell an alternative story.’

To be a Christian is to tell an alternative story…a story that started long ago and continues to this very moment and into the future.

In a world where every thought of every person was only evil all the time, Noah told an alternative story and built a wooden freighter in his back yard in the middle of a drought. His story saved the world. Continue reading ‘Tell an Alternative Story’

Story – Truer than Facts

Writing Between Two Kingdoms was an eleven year process. Not that I worked on it everyday – or even every year. But it was a long, drawn-out experiment that ended more than a decade after it began.

I plan on writing some specific posts about the contents of the book itself after the release in March, but for now I have decided to rework some of the older posts from my blog, Rebel Pilgrim, that apply to the ideas central to BTK: specifically the centrality of Story and Kingdom. With that in mind, I’d love to share a story that I wrote seven years ago about a conversation with my son…who is now ten: Continue reading ‘Story – Truer than Facts’

Living in the Big Story

I suppose I am post-modern. I’ve never tried to be, but whenever I decide to google the things that I really believe in I end up on some obscure website reading about post-modernism, post-liberalism or post-Enlightenment thinking. Kinda makes you wonder what the “pre” to the “post” is. I guess this means that my entire worldview somehow rejects what was popular thinking when I entered the world making me “post-everything.” A thousand years from now people like me probably won’t be known as post-anything. Maybe we will be known as pre-narratives or pre-neotheocommunists or whatever. At any rate, the same thing they were saying about my generation twenty years ago is still true – all we really know for sure is that we don’t know who we are yet.

Maybe I believe that story matters more than anything because I am a storyteller. Or maybe I became a storyteller because I believe that story matters more than anything. Either way, it probably doesn’t matter. The problems I see associated with faith in America boil down to the fact that people refuse to believe that their faith-story is actually their metanarrative (I’d define this word as “the biggest story I live inside.”) Continue reading ‘Living in the Big Story’

Storytelling as Christian Mission

God’s Message came to Ezekiel: “Son of man, make a riddle for the house of Israel. Tell them a story…” Ezekiel 17:1

I am asked about once a month to suggest books on storytelling for people interested in learning more. I rarely have a good response. I learned to tell stories from Mark Ellwood, my high school history teacher. I learned more from The Second City and The Groundlings. I learned about story as a kid from the wisdom of Joseph Campbell as translated to me via the imagination of George Lucas in the Star Wars Trilogy. Then I learned even more by reading the narrative of the Bible, particularly the gospels. To be honest, I’ve learned the most about storytelling by telling stories. It’s kind of like driving or eating sushi…you just get used to it and then you are good at it. Continue reading ‘Storytelling as Christian Mission’

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