Skill Builders

Home > Skill Builders

Use Your Imagination

Seeing and feeling your way into the text

See theme

I don't believe you can apply or even interpret the Scriptures accurately without your imagination. About 90 percent of the Gospels and 60 percent of the Bible is narrative.

A reader has a better chance of winning the lottery than understanding narratives without their imagination.

The Bible stories don't work unless readers see them on the screen of their minds.

Then, too, the letters of Paul and Peter and John are not documents to be dissected so that the nouns and verbs and clauses lie scattered like body parts on the page. Written in passion and blood, these missives demand a good dose of imagination as well as analysis, if we hope to recreate them again for modern readers.

Theologians bring much to the table, but as a bunch they don't seem to have much imagination. I value those who do. Theology stays distant from life if imagination and truth are not mixed. Doesn't God work on our imaginations when we are converted so that we connect the abstract idea of sin-in-general to our own personal ...

skill builder Preview

This skill builder is available to PreachingToday.com subscribers only.

To continue reading:

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating:

Displaying 1–1 of 1 comments

John Oliver

December 31, 2007  10:42pm

thank you, thank you. This is a great remnder for me. It put things into perspective in this area for me. Thanks for being there for us. Happy New Year!!!

Please to rate and review this skill builder. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related articles

The Dress of Thought

Improving your way with words

Preaching as Storytelling

How to rely on stories to carry spiritual freight

How to Preach Like John Grisham Writes

I needed to move from principle to plot

More articles

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account