- Awakening longing
- Goes with the grain of the culture
- It's how we learn
- 75% of the Bible is story, narrative.
- It appeals to heart rather than head; story is a person's 'heart language'
- We learn how our story intersects with the story we're reading, and the story we're part of.
- Story-lessons can sneak up on us
- Stories are concrete, not abstract. A lot of people have problems with abstract; I don't know anyone who has problems with the concrete.
- Stories (esp. parables) are capable of moulding themselves in multiple ways to our stories; they are fractal in that sense, universal and local
- They are personal, under the skin, where we really are at.
- Engaging in beauty is engaging in the Kingdom
Jesus taught, awaken longings, scatter seed, wait and see what happens
This is exactly what he did
Every myth is 'a splintered fragment of the true light' (Tolkien to C S Lewis, reportedly)