RARELY ARE YOUTH CHALLENGED to take up their cross and follow Jesus down the narrow road called faith — but even when they are, they can’t imagine what that really means unless someone famous makes a movie out of it.
Without story to engage the imagination, there’s no sense of a narratable structure (beginning, middle, end) that connects a young person to the wider world. Without past or future, it’s difficult to find meaning in the present. Hence the youthful complaint that church isn’t personally relevant, which is a polite way of saying it’s absurd.
– Sarah Arthur
The God-Hungry Imagination
From page 28 of The God-Hungry Imagination: The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry by Sarah Arthur. Copyright © 2007 by Sarah Arthur. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What stories make church relevant to you? Share your thoughts.
David had success in all his undertakings; for the LORD was with him.
1 Samuel 18:14, NRSV
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