Eye for a Story (Sept-Dec 2003)

By Matt Dabbs

By Karen Hill

Compelling stories are all around us. The best stories are nonfiction—drawn from our own experience, biographies, or headlines. Often a gem can be uncovered in literature, so tap often into the wellspring of writers like Steinbeck, Welty, Twain, or Austen to find unique characters and singular situations. For a story about the modern human experience, Bombeck has no equal.

Read, read, read

Creativity begins when the imagination is stimulated.

Have a watchful eye:  you never know when or where the right story will turn up.

If all else fails, tap into the “Preacher Underground” one preacher calls another, “Say, I’m doing a lesson on holiness. Got any good stories I could borrow?”  I can almost envision “The Great Story Swap Meet” in an old barn. “I’ll trade you two Atchleys for three Copes and a Shelly!”  “Step over here folks…I’ve got a slightly worn, barely used Lucado…”

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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.


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