Become A Storyteller: A Conversation with Eugene Peterson

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Ever since I was in elementary school I’ve wanted to be a writer.

After thousands of blog posts under my belt, you would think I could call my life  a “little boy’s dream come true.” Although a rigorous blog writing schedule has really stretched me and has been the greatest step towards becoming a writer one day, I’ve now discovered what I really want to do is tell stories.

I had never thought about this before, until I watched/listened to this:

A Conversation with Eugene Peterson

Once you get past the long cheesy intro, you’ll be soaking in Peterson’s wisdom like a dry sponge! His inspirational words are as delightful as his work with the Message Bible.

My favorite part was when he was asked to give advice to those who would like to be a writer or storyteller:

“There are never enough storytellers. There are a lot of people who want to write stories but they don’t want to go through the discipline, the agony, the immersion in life it requires to tell the truth with all of this. I think writing is one of the sacred callings. I wish, in fact, that the church would ordain writers the way they ordain pastors and professors.  Give some dignity to this work of the imagination.”

The Creative Church needs to wake up! Or maybe the rest of the Church needs to acknowledge the importance of the Creative Church? Which do you think it is?

As I reflect on Peterson’s words, I can’t help but wonder if more of my own blogging could use a little more “storytelling” in it. Even when we are talking about the intersection of Church and technology, a little storytelling would be a welcome element in the mix…


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Eric Dye

I am a blogger, business owner and lover of coffee. I spend most of my time as Programs Director for Open Church, but you'll also find me as a writer and editor for ChurchMag, as well as working on Live Theme and ChurchMag Press. All while enjoying my family and sipping espresso in Italy.

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    It’s actually not as hard as I imagined to write and publish a book. I recommend just writing, then once you get where you want it to be, you can use to independently publish a paperback and Amazon KDP for the Kindle. I just published my manuscript that I did for NaNoWriMo in November…


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