Category Archives: Story

The defining moment

It was September of 1976, the week before the NFL season began, and Gary Fencik had just been cut by the Dolphins and signed by the Bears. On his first day of work, he borrowed his parents’ car and set out … Continue reading

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Raising questions and starting conversations

  In the days leading up to Memorial Day, PBS reran The Vietnam War, the riveting 17-hour documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.   Last year, Burns was asked about his team’s reporting process in deeply telling the … Continue reading

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The power of story

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A tragic story, told well

Vanity Fair has published an incredible, haunting account about the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro. The ship sank during a 2015 Caribbean hurricane, and all 33 people aboard drowned. …the ship was found resting upright on a sandy plain 15,400 … Continue reading

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Common themes reduce cultural distance

Effective stories can result from simply spotting familiar themes in unfamiliar cultures. For a Seed Company-engaged project in Guatemala, Bible translators provided quick, personal stories about Scripture-related conversations with friends. Here’s one: One day, Jakalteko translator Josefa was talking with … Continue reading

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Civilization and graphic design

    This graphic represents not only one of my favorite quotes, but also what you can create in five minutes on a website called canva.com. It’s kind of a layman’s substitute for PhotoShop and InDesign. Not nearly as versatile … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Mission

Quick: What’s the goal in any story we write about ministry? Show readers what God is doing in a particular place? Further the mission of Bible translation? Further the Great Commission? Engage people? Inspire more prayer and funding for a … Continue reading

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