Show, don’t tell

“Show, don’t tell.” This basic principle rules the writing world. It makes life easier, also. To teach a man to fish, he must see you fishing. Personal-development guru Anthony Robbins wrote in his 1991 book, Awaken the Giant Within,

If you’re not sure how to get yourself out of pain and to feel pleasure as a replacement to your smoking, drinking, worrying, or other undesirable emotion or behavior, you can simply find the answers by modeling people who have turned things around for themselves. Find people who have made the lasting changes; I guarantee you’ll find that they had an alternative to replace the old behavior (p. 135).

The Bible both tells and shows. It communicates the message of truth and gives us visual lessons, both positive and negative, on how to be holy. Examples abound from beginning to end. All the great virtues shine in flesh-and-blood people throughout the pages of Scripture. Continue reading “Show, don’t tell”

Mission Impossible?

by Barry Newton Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to fan the flame in the hearts of God’s people so that their faith and service to God burns brightly. Although the target group of Christians are not themselves eye-witnesses of Christ, they have heard from those who are.1 Although by this time you might expect them to have grown into profound teachers of the message, they have not.2 In fact, it appears that the grist of living in an oppressive sinful world where the promises of Christ are not immediately seen, coupled with a certain forgetfulness, have … Continue reading Mission Impossible?