In this post-modern era of church many have experienced contemporary worship as unfulfilling, lacking a deeper
connection to God and characterized by spectating versus engaging. Based on the ground breaking work of Dr. Thomas Boomershine, this website contains the research, writings and resources of Rev. Brice Thomas, who has been experimenting with and integrating this new exegetical paradigm into the worship context.
What is Biblical Storytelling?
Biblical storytelling is a spiritual discipline that entails the
lively interpretation, expression and animation of a narrative text of the Old Testament or New Testament that has first been deeply internalized and is then remembered, embodied, breathed and voiced by a teller as a sacred event in community with an audience/congregation.
This definition comes from Dennis Dewey, a biblical storyteller, and former Executive Director of the Network of Biblical Storytellers - www.nbsint.org.
We know today that in biblical times only 5-10% of the population knew how to read or write. The stories we read today were originally learned by heart. Most of our ideas about oral culture are wrong. We think of their citizens as illiterate and, therefore, stupid. But oral cultures tend to be very sophisticated. People held in their memories great amounts of literature and poetry and story. This is true of oral cultures still today in various places around our world.
In the 21st Century, global culture is transitioning from a dominant literate culture to an emerging digital culture where orality (thought and verbal expression versus writing and print) is returning to prominence. The Millennial and Digital Generations are changing the way society is educated and information is disseminated. The rise of social media and digital communication is transforming the way we think, learn and express ourselves. How will the church embrace these oral expressions? How will we reach these generations?
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