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I feel conflicted about this emphasis on storytelling. Is there a slippery slope to biblical error? What do you think?

Please comment if you understand what I am saying here.

Let me know how you have navigated the old adage the methods change but the message stays the same. 

It seems like a slippery slope of majoring on the container of the message without great care to the biblical soundness of the content. 

Kindly follow me as I ramble some about these matters I am processing.

Please pray earnestly that God will grant me His wisdom about this…


Added by John S. Oliver on June 29, 2018 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

Cowboy and Preacher premiere - June 14th at 2.45pm, Grauman's Chinese Theater

Dear Friends,

It's taken eight years of seemingly impossible challenges! We have been consumed by a burning desire to make a film that explores and challenges what I think is one of the most important issues today - that Christians are backing away from their environmental responsibilities. My documentary 'Cowboy and Preacher' features the person who I think addresses this issue best - Vineyard pastor Tri Robinson - and the film explores and challenges the intersect between…


Added by Will Fraser on June 11, 2018 at 8:58am — No Comments

Help Me Help Others --- PLEASE !

This message is the start of an online ministry that is dedicated to helping Christians pray better.

The name of this new ministry is Let's Pray Better.

There is a link to the survey at the end of this message and your opportunity to subscribe to a new weekly newsletter at the end of the survey.…


Added by John S. Oliver on June 1, 2018 at 7:41pm — No Comments

What do you think about this kind of wedding ceremony?

It is not biblical or Christ-centered.

YET there is much to be said about how realism and idealism are blended.

Surely parts of this could be adapted into future wedding ceremonies and or brief sermons during such an event. 

I like how those gathered participated.

Added by John S. Oliver on May 23, 2018 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Do All Cultures Share the Same Story Structure?

I taught a workshop on the Four Elements of Story in Chiang Mai, Thailand last month. I borrow most of my material from my story mentor Jeremy Casper. There were a few people who questioned if the "heroes journey" structure is more of  Western construct. This conversation came up again in a recent series of emails prompted by this article. Launching a Story with…


Added by Clyde Taber on May 11, 2018 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Executive Summary: 2018 Visual Media Strategy Forum

“Pressing Toward Completion”

March 30-31, 2018

Horizon Village, Chiang Mai, Thailand


The world is increasingly saturated with media in even the remotest parts of the world.…


Added by Clyde Taber on April 24, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Volvo Ocean Race is the only sport I follow

A few teams of men and women race around the world.

They encounter all kinds of weather and sea conditions.

This year one man went overboard and died.

It is the ultimate test of the individuals, teams, and technology.

This is raw as humans…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 21, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Please beta test this ebook for business owners

What follows began as a collection of a few links to online resources that might help some friends. Then as I did that I recalled more and more resources. This has become an initial draft of an ebook. For a very long time I have planned to make short videos of each such resources with keyword tags.

There is more I will add to this soon. But at this interval I am requesting your assistance. I can use your comments, suggestions and…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 2, 2018 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Prayerfully consider these brief Easter videos

Easter is a celebration of events that happened very long ago and very far away. There are many layers and levels of what the Bible says about Jesus Christ during Passion Week.

In order to help you more fully appreciate what God the Father was doing in the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, the following videos are offered.

The first 2…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 1, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Turkmen Film: "Tümlükden Nura" (From Darkness to Light)


Tümlükden Nura" (From Darkness to Light) is the first indigenous gospel film for the 10 million unreached Turkmen people of Central Asia. This film is a 13-minute re-telling of Shohrat's overcoming his fear of the Sirat bridge. The Sirat bridge is the bridge that Islam describes "as thin as a razor and suspended…


Added by Clyde Taber on March 24, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My Health Update

My Health Update


The night before I went to see Dr. Kathi I felt the excitement of anticipation like a child on Christmas Eve.

While I was at her office on February 13, 2018, for 3 hours I was blessed to receive many different kinds of treatments. I was amazed at how her working on the nerve…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 16, 2018 at 4:15pm — No Comments

How to Make Better Stories

We live in a world of a million shades of grey.

The relativism of our society makes thinking, speaking, and writing bland.

Yet movies and novels keep grabbing our attention. The best stories get down to the core matters of human nature.

The concepts of sin and virtue get neglected as…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 9, 2018 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Pray for me to find the balance between these - - - and just maybe you can use these kinds of balance too.

To keep moving forward effectively then I must keep finding the graceful balances between:

being proactive and being responsive

pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river

knowing what the next graceful step is…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 3, 2018 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Theme for 2018 - Make Disciples

Each January I ask the Lord for a new spiritual focus for the year. I pray the theme will increasingly permeate my life as the months go by. Here are recent themes... A Slave of Christ (2013), Better to Give…


Added by Clyde Taber on January 30, 2018 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

God is Answering Prayers about My Health

I have not been suddenly healed, yet.


Instead, God has sent me information and education through various people.


I still deal with the uncertainty about the…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 29, 2017 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Possible Heart Trouble -- No Health Insurance -- Pray for My Health and Safety


I went to the Obamacare website and learned that I cannot afford health care. The monthly premium was 908 a month with 7350 deductible. I only make 683 a month from my social security retirement. Even if I could magically afford that, then I would pay 20 for my Rx that costs 25. I could save 5 a month by paying 908.


I learned that the State of…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 28, 2017 at 10:56am — No Comments

If You Think We are in Spiritual Warfare then Consider this History Lesson Video of the Evolution of Weapons

Notice in this video that there has been a continual evolution of weapons related to warfare.

Note that each time that a better kind of weapon was developed that those that used them defeated those who did not adopt them.

That is an interesting history lesson. But note when the printing press came out the Bibles and publications of Luther, and Tyndale radically changed the spiritual landscape. Printed Bibles in English were smuggled into England when that owning…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 26, 2017 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Christmas and Good News

Here is an article I wrote years ago in response to how we can become overwhelmed by all the activities at Christmas and forget the reason for the season.

Added by John S. Oliver on December 25, 2017 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Meditation on the Four Soils

In my times with God in morning darkness, I've been lingering in Luke's Gospel. It's been 10 weeks and I've only made it to chapter 8. I have been rediscovering the beauty and power of the patterns of Jesus. Here are my thoughts on Jesus' explanation of the four different soils. …


Added by Clyde Taber on December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Star Wars has Theology, Doctrines and an Online Temple of Jedi Order

Star Wars is not just a hugely popular group of movies but it is more.

I came on the following materials that opened my eyes to the deeper levels of this.

While I enjoy the movies, I do not obsess over the matters between viewings. Yet there are millions of passionate fans all over the world that have the posters, action figures, and costumes a…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 13, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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