Story 10 :: Dan Allender

Posted by | September 23, 2010 | Story 10 | 6 Comments

Dr Dan Allender is the professor of counseling at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle. He has taught counseling at several universities and written numerous books, including To Be Told, Leading with a Limp, The Wounded Heart, and The Healed Path. He travels and speaks about his unique perspective on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, and worship. Dan, his wife Rebecca, and their three children live on Washington’s Bainbridge Island.

  • Story plays a role in all aspects or our life.
  • Story is the currency of our day.
  • We live in the midst of stories.
  • Story sells.
  • We are in the midst of a constatn array of stories.
  • When we live in a glut of stories it’s hard to know which stories we are meant to live in.
  • It’s hard to know which stories to craft, tell, and communicate.
  • We are all in a story realm.
  • God has authored us with a unique story.
  • Our life is meant to be a revelation, through our story, of the story of God.
  • Our lives are acting out something of the unique role God has given us.
  • What does it mean to act out your unique role in the context of the drama of the Gospel?
  • The core question we need to be asking is: How are you living out your unique role in living out the Story of God in the world?
  • Do you see every moment of your life as a stage you are called to ad lib on?
  • How do we bring the story of God to bear in the unique moments of everyday life?
  • We cannot accommodate to the stories of this world.
  • The moment we do, we lose the power of the Gospel.
  • If you accomodate to stories of this world you will lose your uniqueness.
  • People expect us to accommodate or distance ourselves from stories that our contrary to ours.
  • The tension of all stories is that you don’t know what to do.
  • There are no quick ways or answers about what to do in the middle of our improv.
  • We are to sing about the resurrection of praise music, and  Johnny Cash’s  song “Hurt” simultaneously.
  • We can’t just sing about the resurrection.
  • We are to draw people into moments to speak about things they are uncomfortable to name.
  • Our task as storytellers is to give people a taste of Christ’s death and resurrection.
  • We are to draw people into our moments that mirror and mimic the death and resurrection of Christ.
  • We live our lives as if they are sequential but in reality they are about simultaneity.
  • We have to live with the greater reality of God’s presence and the scars in our own lives.
  • We need to tell the story of life and death together.
  • Every story has a story that is seen and a story that is unseen.
  • Your stories mark you.
  • We must take into account the stories that have shaped us with death… the stories that have marked our face.
  • We can’t bring the GOspel as an antidote to death but a courageous reality of what death has done to us.
  • Have you blessed the death that is your own?
  • We have to read our own stories to act out the story God is calling us to live out.
  • Genesis 16
  • There is violence in every single on of our lives – it’s part of the harm of living in a broken world.
  • Story evokes and draws forth the core realities of our own stories.
  • Wherever there is good there will soon come tragedy.
  • We can count on it.
  • We all have a period of innocence.
  • There must be an inciting incident that precipitates our story’s movement. It’s tragedy.
  • Tragedy is inevitable in all of our lives.
  • That’s part of living in the drama of God.
  • Do you have a sense of your role?
  • Where are you from?
  • Where are you going?
  • How has the past shaped you to be who you are?
  • The drama is in the moment, the real issues are in the past and in the future.
  • Our role will come more clearly to the degree you know the name you call God.
  • Our stories are a gift to name God.
  • God is waiting for you to name Him.
  • All of the names of God are not finished; they mount with every life and with every story.
  • Each story is unique and revelatory.
  • God humbly bears the name we bring to Him.
  • May our names mark the unique work of how God redeemed and redeemed us.
  • Our calling us to find the unique name God has given us and return it to Him.
  • You have no greater gift you to give to the world than your story.
  • Nothing is a greater gift than to know your name for God.

About Tim Schraeder

Tim Schraeder is obsessed with all things social media. Having worked with some of the world’s largest churches and para-church organizations, he served as an evangelist for social media with a knack for connecting people and spreading ideas that matter. He’s been a consultant and coach as well as a sought-after speaker and author who helped write the book on communication and social media for the church. Today, Tim is passionate to help businesses and organizations connect, engage, and build loyal followers across all forms of social media. He is a die-hard Chicagoan who can be found in any neighborhood coffeeshop that has free wifi.

  • timschraeder

    #Story10 Notes :: Dan Allender

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  • ichooseworship

    RT @timschraeder: #Story10 Notes :: Dan Allender

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  • Bianca_Juarez

    Totally awesome! Your copious note taking is appreciated in California :)

  • Bianca_Juarez

    Best quote: Do you see every moment of your life as a stage you are called to ad lib on?

  • bmdanny

    Story 10 :: Dan Allender via @timschraeder … Tim, you make me happy. Can’t be there but this helps!!! :)

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  • b_moss

    RT @timschraeder: #Story10 Notes :: Dan Allender // what an amazing talk

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