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A Good Story Made Better - by Michael Phillips
Advent 2012 - Part 3 of 3
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Luke 3:23-38
Dec 23, 2012 am - There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can tell a story and those who can't. Good storytellers have an eye for detail. Whether the story they tell is long or short, funny, sad, or exciting, they know what to put into it--and what to leave out. This is where bad storytellers go wrong. They give too much information or not enough. A friend of mine loves to tell a joke--and there's nothing I like more than a good joke--but all his jokes bomb because he inevitably omits the key detail. If I had known John Smith was a janitor. I'd be laughing my head off. But my head is still on because he forgot to tell me that. Not enough information. A second friend has the opposite problem. If he were telling the joke about John Smith, he'd also tell me how tall he is, where he lives, why he's a janitor, what he likes for dinner and who he voted for for president in 1968! Too much information. The trick to telling a good story, therefore, is saying all that needs to be said--and nothing more. This brings us to Luke the storyteller. If you read the first two-and-a-half chapters of his Gospel, you might think he's one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived. ZACHARIAS AND ELISABETH ... More >>>

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