The Good News in Stories and Images

At what point did we begin relegating all the stories of scripture to children's Sunday school? The good news of the Gospels is communicated primarily in stories and images. Why is it then that we seem more interested in theology, doctrinal statements, and theory than the stories of scripture? The answer is that prose is easier to understand than poetry. Prose is easier to manipulate to our own cultural viewpoints and language than a story is. Yet, it's the stories that Jesus told that most impacted the crowds - including his own disciples. It's the stories that Jesus told that most encouraged the weak and poor – including the untouchables of his society. It's the stories that Jesus told that most incensed the religious. It's the stories that Jesus told that most connected with the culture. Maybe if Christians will tell stories that reflect Jesus' stories, they can re-capture a sense of God's creativity, character, and good news to our world.