Everybody enjoys story-telling whether it be in a book or something a colleague is narrating to us. We usually get more engaged in an exchange undergirded by a story than in a non-story telling discourse. But why is this the case? The reason is that whenever we are listening to a story a certain part of our brain that would otherwise be dormant becomes activated. Not only do the language processing parts of our brain get activated, but all other parts of our brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing the events being told in the story get activated as well. For example, if our friend is telling a story that describes a certain singer and says “he sang in a smooth velvety voice” our sensory cortex becomes aroused. Similarly when we say things like “he quickly threw the ball over the fence” our motor cortex becomes activated. Scientists claim that when we tell a person a story about what happened to us to help us get over some hurdle in life, what we are saying can actually have the same effect on our audience. Is it any wonder that Jesus used stories in most of his teachings? “A sower went out sow…” (Matthew 13: 3-9) or “whoever hears these sayings and does them will is likened to a man who build his house on a rock…” (Matthew 7: 24, 25).

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