Compelling question-asking stories

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First, here’s Alma, a prize-winning animation by Rodrigo Blaas that is hugely compelling. And chilling. A visual metaphor of entrapment. (‘Alma’ is Spanish for ‘soul’.) A real discussion starter – it would be useful to show, for example, to a youth group. Or as a embedded clip within a website, asking questions. There is so much to see and analyze within it, with spiritual parallels and warnings. You’ll need to watch it several times, in full screen. (That’s the second control from the right, in the toolbar under the video.) ‘Alma’ means ‘soul’ in Spanish.

Then check the excellent new video resources from Global Short Film Network. These take the same approach – thought-provoking, question-starting video shorts. They are for sale at minimal cost, with free offers. Soon, they will be available for embedding; bookmark this site and use these incredible outreach resources.

Why are these videos so strategic? And biblical? Will you ever forget the storyline of Alma? What lessons did it smuggle into your heart? What dangers might you be more alive to, as a result? (Add your comments below.)

A story becomes a parable, or provides a parallel, only when we provide an appropriate “this is like”. The stories that Jesus told were very culturally appropriate, but without His “this is like”, they would have remained just whimsical stories, with the embedded meanings un-noticed. With that connection, they were his main means of evangelism to the ‘un-churched’ non-synagogue goers.

That’s the power of story.

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