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- Matthew 21:8-9 ESV - Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
- Luke 19:3-4 ESV - And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
- Revelation 3:7-8 ESV - I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
This is a “free range” post where I’ll spew out what’s on my mind to share what’s ahead. I guess it will be similar to what Mark Zuckerberg – as played by Jesse Eisenberg – did in the movie, “The Social Network”. I promise I’ll do my best to not offend and it likely won’t be as brilliant, but it will do two things – first it will outline what’s ahead and invite you to share in the journey and secondly, it will serve as a checklist of sorts for me to move forward, albeit not in any specific order.
1Glories is the result of a vision placed upon me by God. Sharing that vision and the events that came before and after is one thing that’s in the future (1–Vision).
Hank! Is a title that was not part of the original vision, but it might have server as the bridge to the gap that was stopping me from pursuing that vision with more intensity. Truthfully, a children’s book was never part of the plan. The plan was always to provide an endless supply of blog posts (2–Content) and some titles that fall into a creative code of sorts. Seven titles in fact (3–Titles). Name for all these titles have not been filled revealed at this time, but the first is a title that will be called Rescue. More on that later.
As more 1Glories content develops, we’ll be able to start segmenting it into specific tags so we can segment it out and help people through a long tail effect. For instance, someone looking for inspiration, hope or encouragement with life purpose will be able to easily select the “purpose” tag and be taken to stories of God’s glory that relate to purpose. To make it even more impactful, you’ll have the ability to rate those stories and see what others who have engaged with those stories also read and rated highly (4–Tail).
Along the way, we’ll have many more questions that are asked. We’ll address those in a FAQ under the about section (5–Answers), which, as previously stated, will be more defined in the near future.
Another critical component is for us to develop the social engagement via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (6–Social) as well as any other networking sites that show considerably promise. Connecting with others is the only way we’ll be able to get stories of God’s glory into the eyes, ears, minds and emotions of the receivers Remember, we want to inspire and save – so the stories are not to be in only print form. Video, audio and other forms of engaging content is needed to fully realize that task (7–Access). And this content needs to be openly assessable via computer, phone, mp3 player, and any other device that injects itself deeply into popular society – starting first in the United States and weaving into the rest of the world’s cultures.
So, what’s next? All of the above will occur. Again, not necessarily in that order, but it will happen. Another children’s title? Perhaps this Easter (8–Easter).
RECAP: 1-Vision; 2-Content; 3-Titles; 4-Tail; 5-Answers; 6-Social; 7-Access; 8-Easter
We’ve gotten a great response from our first 1Glories title; Hank! The Hurried Angel’s Sling — even a request for a Christmas play to be created from it!. Here are some of the comments that have been emailed in:
- Wow…it’s awesome… the pictures are great too. We think you two are one your way to an author/illustrator children’s book team. God Bless you all…and Merry Christmas!!
- Going to read at our family Christmas party Saturday. Thanks for bringing joy into our family.
- What a great story! Thank you so much for sharing this with me.
- Very cute. And the gospel message on the last page… a real clincher. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
Haven’t read it yet? Take a few quick minutes and give Hank! The Hurried Angel’s Sling a read.
I really need to sit down and write out my testimony that sparked this idea. It’s been in my head for a long time. I’m sure it looks to many observers that I’m merely just “making another blog” but there really is a more inspired purpose. In due time, I promise.
For now, let me provide a bit of an appetizer. It comes following an N.D. Wilson post I read over at Desiring God called “Stories are Soul Food: Don’t Let Your Children Hunger”. In that post, he opines…
Bible-believing Christians frequently have a deep mistrust of fiction. In particular, they have a deep mistrust of, ahem, magic. This is impossible for me to understand…
I guess I had never really considered that distrust, but now that I think about it, yeah, there is a certain degree of that. I can’t even count the number of times that I’ve heard of a story “not being theologically accurate” or “downplaying the Biblical implications” etc. Unfortunately, too many Christians are quick to denounce something that has tremendous potential to glorify God simply because it does not meet with their personal – human – tastes and desires.
Probably the most relevant works during my lifetime are those from the Left Behind series. I read all the tomes in that series after they had all been out for quite some time. I was somewhat appalled at the number of people who offered “medicine faces” of disgust when they found out I was doing so. So quick were they to judge that they ignored the fact that – whether theologically accurate or not – those books impacted the world and – more importantly – God’s kingdom. Do you know how many Christians were saved or restored because of their newly instilled concern for their eternal salvation?
Neither do I, but if I were a gambling man, I’d wager that it’s a lot!
I have three beautiful girls who all have their own streaks of imagination and creativity. Do I frown because their two, three and seven-year-old drawings are not Biblically sound? Absolutely not! I encourage them. I use them as springboards for deeper discussion (as deep as you can get with a child anyway). I think Wilson would approve of this tactic, especially when he suggests we should…
Feed your children stories that will keep their eyes wide with wonder when they look out their front windows or wander their yards. Feed them stories of joy and hardship and courage and tragedy and triumph. Give them heroes, real and imagined. Give them a taste for goodness, for truth, for beauty.
Now, if you are wondering if I am posting this simply to go to bat for stories and to harp on those who view with too narrow a scope, perhaps I am. But the more important thing I hope you take away from it is this:
As Wilson asserts, were are more than a “mechanical soulless machine”. Why do we insist on giving “them a list of facts to tick off, like we’re trying to communicate a party platform to new recruits, like they’re nothing but brains ready for programming”?
Stories, when they are well-told and anchored in Light, provide a real sense of Truth and an outlet for application of those facts (the verses we memorize, the creeds we recite, the prayers we offer and the dogmas to which we subscribe). Those stories can turn hearts, move souls and most importantly, win warriors for Christ.