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A Feast of Performance & Presentation
How to understand the Bible using storytelling will be the theme of a public presentation by two Phillips Theological Seminary professors. Dennis Smith, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament, and Barbara McBride-Smith, Adjunct Instructor in Storytelling, will collaborate in a series of workshops and performances.Smith is editor of several volumes in the series Storyteller’s Companion to the BibleMcBride-Smith is a nationally renowned professional storyteller. 

“Story Matters: Story and Theology in the Bible and Today – A Feast of Performance and Presentation” is the title of the event which will be held April 16-17 at Pine Valley Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas. 

“In the Beginning was the Story … A Storytelling Concert” kicks off the two-day event. Scheduled for Friday, April 16 from 7-8:30 p.m., Barbara McBride-Smith will make you laugh, cry, reminisce, and sit back in awe – all at the same time. Known for her down-home, Texas-style take on Bible stories, Greek myths, and the mythic figures from her childhood in Waco, Texas, McBride-Smith is a regular performer at the annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. 

On Saturday, April 17, Dennis Smith will join Barbara in presenting “Story Matters: What Do Abraham, Sarah, Baucis, Philemon, Jesus, and Paul Have in Common?” from 9-11:30 a.m. 

“Sometimes we relegate Bible stories to the category of children’s literature, as if to indicate they are less important. But the Bible itself utilized stories for conveying very complex theological ideas,” said Dennis. “In this workshop, we will explore a set of stories from both the Bible and its culture that gave birth to the core Christian concept of grace. The presentation will feature a performance of “Baucis and Philemon” by Barbara,” he added.  

“Story Matters: Saving Mrs. Lot and Other Bible Stories” is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. This presentation will focus on what happens when Bible stories are retold. Featuring a performance of “Saving Mrs. Lot” by McBride-Smith, this workshop will explore why it matters that we pay close attention to how the story works and how a thoughtful retelling of the story can bring out truths that we never noticed before. 

For more information on this upcoming event contact the Pine Valley Christian Church at 316.685.2421.

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