You may have grown up hearing that certain fantastical tales are “bad” or “good.” Yet how does Scripture actually reveal that popular culture is a mess of all the above? Lorehaven’s E. Stephen Burnett, coauthor of the new nonfiction book The Pop Culture Parent, shares seven questions1 to help us discern, engage, and enjoy these stories.
For me, ’tis a favorite theme. We even have it on Lorehaven bookmarks, available at live events should-we-ever-have-those-again-etc.-etc.
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Or you can get a look at my notes. These of course are based on our five questions from The Pop Culture Parent. To these I’ve added two of my own:
1. Explore the story itself.
- Who does what, and why?
- What happens in the plot?
2. Discover this story-world.
- What place is this?
- What styles and images do we find?
3. Find the common grace.
- What is beautiful, good, and true?
4. Discern the idols.
- What may the story exalt for “worship” apart from God?
5. Behold the gospel!
- Idols always fail, so how does Jesus fulfill the story’s broken promises?
6. BONUS: How can this story help Jesus’s people glorify Him?
7. BONUS: How can this story help me better enjoy God forever?
Oh, and you can also get a replay of our last livestream: “How Can Fantastical Stories Boost Your Bible Reading?”