Don Hewitt, creator of “60 Minutes,” once wrote: My philosophy is simple. It’s what little kids say to their parents: “Tell me a story.” Even the people who wrote the Bible knew that when you deal with issues, you tell stories. The issue was evil; the story was Noah. I’ve had producers say, “We’ve got to do something on acid rain.” I say, “Hold it. Acid rain is not a story. Acid rain is a topic. We don’t do topics. Find me someone who has to deal with the problem of acid rain. Now you have a story.” 

Don Hewitt is right. Stories are powerful. Sunday after Sunday church folks return to some of the greatest stories ever written. They are contained in our scriptures. I hope you are learning a lot of life lessons from them.

Wishing you much love and much light.



—The Rev. David W. Key, director of the Baptist Studies Program, is involved in recruitment, admissions, student life, counseling, placement, and development functions for Emory University's Candler School of Theology. He teaches in the Contextual Education program. He is the founding pastor of the Lake Oconee Community Church at Reynolds Plantation. Contact him at (404)

727-6350 or dkey@emory.edu. His

column appears weekly in this space.

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