On November 2 my seminary hosted an evening with Donald Miller. This has been just one of many prayers I have seen answered in the last few weeks (I wasn’t praying for this precise event, but this event answered a bigger prayer).
Honestly he is just as captivating live as he is in his books.
One story he told was about Israeli beach smugglers. I want to tell you but you really have to hear this one in person.
Here are few bits of wisdom from his talk.
*Most of these are paraphrases but they get at the heart of what he was saying.
If you want to influence the people you have to control the story.
Clean lines (as in good and bad) only appear in fiction. The Bible is full of messy narratives.
Don’t mistake brokenness for evil.
The aim of our lives should be to increase in meaning not comfort.
Evangelism isn’t telling people their wrong, instead it’s trying to help them reassemble their story.
Act 3 is where the climactic resolution occurs – all the stakes, all the conflict is resolved in one sweeping moment. For the Christian that will happen at the wedding feast.
Life is Act 2 – the long middle part of the story where the conflict occurs and the character is developed.
Christ shines through us, he doesn’t paint over us.
I am very thankful I had the opportunity to listen to him. He really has a heart for the Christian story – the real Jesus – and real people meeting that Jesus.
His blog: Storyline
If you are a fan of his, what’s something you learned from his writing?