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Relationships As Stories


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Pop culture’s fascination with media reflects a deep longing to place our own life stories within the grander story of redemptive history. Understanding media’s intense appeal can help us understand our hearts and relationships. In this audio talk, Steve Smallman argues that seeing our lives as stories can help us process the details of our daily relationships. God’s redemptive story helps reinterpret our story. Smallman uses clips from The Lord of the Rings; The Matrix; Batman Begins; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and Saving Private Ryan to illustrate how narrative plays a crucial role in helping us examine human need (excerpts from movies not included in audio). He concludes the session with a brief Q&A.