End Game...Or Is It?
May 1

On Thursday, I was one of the millions of people who went to see the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame over the weekend. (Even being in small town Iowa to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday wasn't going to keep me from seeing it!) And as a big fan of the genre, I was more than a little excited to see it and the movie certainly lived up to the hype. It was a lot of fun. But, why are people so excited about it that it generated $1.2 billion in ticket sales globally? That’s obscene! Well, it’s a great story and there were a lot of things left unresolved from the last movie. We wanted to know what happened.

Great story telling has probably been around since there were two people; one to tell a story and the other to listen. We clamor over great story tellers and we can’t wait until they release a new book or premier a new movie. We love stories. We love the characters, we become attached to them and we want to see what happens to them. We become invested. So why is it that folks seem to know the Bible stories less than they used to?

I’d say it’s hard to find a collection of stories more engrossing than the Bible. Stories of creation, flood, lions, fires, betrayals, miracles, victory, evil and more! These stories are incredible, and they have kept our attention for centuries. Maybe it’s not that we don't know these stories anymore, maybe it’s that we aren’t telling them as much as we used to. Does a pastor or Sunday school teacher lament how they will tell the Easter story again this year? How do I make it interesting when really the story is powerful enough without anything being added to it? The story is pretty amazing all by itself. Maybe we need to stop worrying about what we have to say about it and simply start telling the stories again. 

We love stories and we have an abundance of them in that old book that’s been sitting on our shelf for far too long. So, dust it off and let the stories begin to transform your life. It’s even better than the end of Endgame!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: May 2, 2019 3:42 PM