November 24, 2012

Making Timeless Truths Timely

If truth is to be transferred from one generation to the next, it needs to be contextualized in order for it to be valued. One way to do this is by asking what this story would look like if it were played out today. The students must then wrestle with the key elements that make up the salient parts of the message. Another way to make timeless truths timely is to package them in the most relational form possible—a person. Asking “Who does this story remind you of in your life?” or “Whom do you know that reminds you of Esther?” invites the students to keep the heroes of history real, and in so doing makes their example reachable.