A Story to Tell

Everyone has a story to tell. Stories about living and learning. Some may feel theirs is less (or more) interesting than other people’s but every story is unique – and there is much to learn from all of them.

The Bible is full of stories. Jesus himself was a consummate storyteller. He met thousands of people. Each one had a story to tell both before and, without doubt, after they had encountered him.

A Story to Tell considers some of those stories. People who met Jesus. They tell stories which are relevant for 21st Century living. Stories of hope and healing, doubts and believing, love and loss, truth and misunderstanding.

‘Richard Frost encourages us to search our hearts for the story that lies deep within us all and that calls out for expression and friendship. his writing is accessible, practical and encouraging.’ Mark Oakley

Shown below, the stories can be read in any order. Each of them is in two parts. You may like to pause and reflect on each part of each story before moving on to the next one. Take your time. Don’t rush on.

Most of the stories on this site is an abridged version of those in the book, A Story to Tellclick here to order copies or to download. There are also some suggestions for Group Discussion in a small group setting (during Lent perhaps?). Simply pick whichever stories you think will suit your group best (or make use of some short films on other aspects of Lent too).

A Story to Tell doesn’t aim to offer a Biblical commentary or academic theological reflection. So some of what is written is speculative and imaginative: the purpose being to help explore what we can learn most from these very special people in their very special encounters. By learning from the experiences of those who encountered Jesus, who were very ordinary people, we begin to learn more about our own story to tell.

Jesus gave people stories to tell. What’s yours?

People with a Story to Tell

Daughter of Jairus (1) – Waiting

Please read Mark 5:22-24a, 35-43 It’s one of the most difficult experiences in life. Whatever age. Young or older. Those times when one’s child is struggling or unwell – and being unable to do anything Read more…

John (1) – Loved

With all the story tellers in this book, we can only wonder about what else they could tell us and John is no different. Please read John 20:30-31 & John 21:25 The disciple John and Read more…

John (2) – Beloved

John knew he was loved by other people. John knew he was loved by God. Please read 1 John 4:7-12, 16 This is the God who loved Mary and Joseph. This is the God who Read more…

Judas Iscariot (2) – Loss

So what else can we learn from the life of Judas? More specifically, what can we learn from the death of Judas? (Please be aware this entry deals with the sensitive topic of suicide.) Please Read more…

Man from the Gerasenes (1) – Healing

Having arrived in the country of the Gerasenes after a stormy trip across Lake Galilee, Jesus is faced with a challenging situation. There’s a man who’s ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’… and there’s no Read more…

Martha & Mary (2) – Devotion

Jesus, Mary and Martha are together once again in Bethany. And this time there’s an altogether different atmosphere: Please read John 12:1-7 Jesus may well have found stability and security in the friendship and hospitality of Read more…

Mary & Joseph (2) – Finding

When my son was about four years old, he was playing in the street with his friends. At one point I couldn’t see him so assumed he’d gone to one of the other children’s homes Read more…

Mary Magdalene (1) – Fiction

After considering Judas’ lasting reputation, we now turn to another of Jesus’ followers whose story has been embellished and fabricated long after they lived: Mary Magdalene. Please read Luke 8:1-3 Coming from the fishing village Read more…

Mary Magdalene (2) – Fact

While not named, Mary was probably among other women who gathered for the Last Supper and then moved on to the Garden at Gethsemane – and she was certainly involved in what followed. Please read Read more…

Nicodemus (1) – Darkness

The words of John 3:16 are one of the most well known verses and most quoted of Jesus’ sayings – and behind them lies another story. Please read John 3:1-21 Nicodemus was a leader of Read more…

Nicodemus (2) – Light

From going to Jesus for spiritual direction to defending him in front of his fellow Pharisees (see John 7:43-52), Nicodemus had discerned that this man, this Jesus, is the Messiah the Jews have been expecting. Read more…

Pontius Pilate (1) – Dilemmas

Second only to Julius Caesar, Pontius Pilate the governor of Judea who sent Jesus to the cross is one of the best-known Roman citizens who ever lived. His name is etched into the Christian creeds Read more…

Pontius Pilate (2) – Discernment

Pontius Pilate had a problem. Please read Matthew 27:24-26 & John 19:16-22 For all his gesture  and protestation, Pilate was still obliged to have the final word, and he did so in a probably characteristically Read more…

The Uncondemned Woman (1) – Accused

As with the woman from Samaria, here we have another unnamed woman. Another woman facing the judgement and prejudices of others. A woman forever remembered by something she was caught doing. Please read John 7:53-8:11 Read more…

Thomas (1) – Doubting

But what if Jesus hadn’t come back to life after all? Please read John 20: 24-25 What do you have doubts about? The Virgin Birth? The Resurrection? The turning of water in to wine? Prayer Read more…

Thomas (2) – Believing

After the resurrection, Thomas wanted to be sure. He wanted to see the evidence. Please read John 20:26-29 Poor Thomas. It must have been a difficult week. The other ten disciples and followers, including the Read more…

GROUP DISCUSSION MATERIAL

Download Group Discussion material based on the stories on this website. You may like to use them in a Lent Course, Cell Group or House Group setting, for example. Simply pick whichever stories you think Read more…