This is the greatest story that I've every heard
Of hope, of love and glory
Happy endings come forever more
Life doesn't have to be wasted
Not wastin' every day.
Kinda Mika-inverted. What if Christian Evangelism wasn't just about an engaging reasonable persuasion (which it needs and don't anybody say it doesn't!) but also painting a bit story that lifts us out of the small crisis and small scale of our lives into something big and meaningful and purposeful. What if we could invite people into the greatest story. A story greater and truer than Lord of the Rings and all the other great epic stories. A story where bad things can be put right and where hope and life can be found. Surely that's the story of the Bible - a story where the hero is Jesus and where death is beaten.
On stories, I added this to the blogroll recently: One Sentence - telling your story, briefly. Insignificant stories, everyday stories, or turning-point-in-your-life stories, boiled down to their bare essentials. which is a bit like Abraham Piper's Twenty Two Words, though each post is a story. On the one hand boiling down stories and blog posts to their bare essentials is tragic, but it's also great for sparking the imagination... an imagination that loves stories and dreams of the greatest story of all, where we can watch as the world comes alive.