Stories & Maps

September 10, 2023 to October 1, 2023

series image credit: Untitled by Suhash Villuri via Unsplash

We all tell stories. We tell stories about ourselves and about others. We tell stories about the way that the world is and the way that it could be; and—probably more than we'd like to admit—those stories make up our reality. In this series, I talk about the stories that we tell, the stories that other people tell for us, and how we might start telling a better story.

Most Recent: Revolutionary Road

Everything in This Series

Stories are Maps

Humans are storytelling creatures, and many of the stories that we tell are maps that tell us how to get from the world-as-it-is to the world-as-it-should be. Some of the biggest stories that do that are so big that we call them 'religions', and when we choose a religion, or when we have a religion chosen for us, whether that religion is Christianity or capitalism or whatever, we are choosing a vision for what the world is and what the world could be.

Attention Collections

Part of being aware of our story is knowing what is actually in—not what we say is in, but what is actually in—our attention collections. And part of being Christian is cultivating an attention collection that is focused on Christ.

Choose Your Ancestors Well

We come into stories that are already being told; we enter into journeys that are already well underway. Those stories have good parts and bad parts, heroes and villains, and more. While we have to acknowledge all of our history, it is up to us which parts of our histories we adopt into the next stage of our journey.

Revolutionary Road

The Christian story is essentially revolutionary, because it is a story about how God re-roots a broken world in the image of the God who is love, and how, even now, we can step into that world.