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.


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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