Yesterday we noted how critical description is in the telling of a Bible story. Today I’d like to mention another key ingredient. Without thinking through this, your preaching of that Bible story will not be what it could be.
Dynamism – Stories move. They have tension, movement, interaction, emotion. We cannot tell a story while standing like a four-storey building. We need to consider motion, body language, and emotion in voice, face and gesture. Consider how to physically and subtly represent the movement of the story on the platform. Always point to Goliath in the same direction, generally let time flow from left to right from their perspective, etc. Stories move. Good storytellers generally do too. And the best storytellers move physically, in gesture and in expression in a way that is consistently natural! Being natural takes work!
Effective description and engaging dynamism . . . two critical ingredients for the effective preaching of biblical narratives.