To Utter Things Hidden: Striking a Chord without a Sermon
I will open My mouth in parables;
I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.
Most of us have probably read books and watched films that left us cringing—for the author or filmmaker, however well-intentioned, heaped a sermon’s worth of contrived Christianese dialogue onto a story that swayed beneath the weight of the preaching.
Many Christian writers are faced with a dilemma: They recognize the importance of writing as a ministry, and they want to write in a way that effectively delivers a message of truth without turning off the secular readers who need to hear it most.
How do we communicate biblical themes without preachiness?
Ultimately, it boils down to one of the basic tenets of fiction-writing: Show, don’t tell.
Portraying what you preach
If a story does not convey Christian values without an explicit statement…
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