With so much talk about narrative theology, narrative preaching, and narrative hermeneutics; one can’t help but wonder if we’re all caught up in the ‘pop’ interest in narrative or if we truely can explicate why stories are so important to the sharing and understanding of our faith. John Goldingay, author of Models For Scripture, and Models For Interpretation of Scripture, is one person who I believe has a solid answer for why stories are so engaging. Listen as he lists four reasons;  

First, each story has a beginning, a middle, and an end; that is, stories are structured….

Second, each story offers a concrete portrayal of a series of events against a particular historical, geographical, social, and cultural background…

A third feature of biblical stories is that they invite their hearers to identify their life and circumstances with those that they presuppose…

For a fourth feature of many stories is their focus on individual people with whom the hearers are invited to identify…” (pgs. 76-77)

Being able to appreciate the way story or narrative reaches readers is not a reason to downplay the other main literary form in Scripture, prose, but it does allow us to stop for a moment and reflect on each biblical story and its value to engage us and our communities.