By Luke Bobo, originally posted at Made to Flourish.
‘True Story’ Echoes
A fond memory of mine is teaching at Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) for nearly seven years. One of my favorite classes I designed and taught was Film and Theology. On the first day of class, I often began the class with two statements: one, all good films tell good stories. Brian Godawa knows what filmmakers know, “If you don’t have a good story, you don’t have a good movie.”1 We love stories! And two, all good films echo the True Story found in the Holy Scriptures.
We order our lives by narratives. Films offer us a narrative to live by; and similarly, the Grand Narrative found on the pages of the Holy Scriptures, also offers us a story to live by. The filmmaker is a storyteller and God is the Master storyteller of His Redemptive Story.
WHAT DO STORYTELLERS LIKE FILMMAKERS AND GOD KNOW?
Wired to Love Stories
Our Creator built us to love stories. When my daughter, Briana, was a toddler, she would often request in her high pitched Betty Boop voice, “Daddy, Daddy tell me a story.”
“Once upon a time, there lived a little princess named Briana. She lived in a beautiful and majestic white castle. But one day the castle was attacked by a mean humongous fire breathing dragon. Princess Briana and all her servants were afraid and they cried out for help. Fortunately, it was not too long before a prince came riding in on a big horse and he killed that dragon and Princess Briana and all her servants lived happily ever after.”
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