Song & Story

a cultural mission to redeem the imagination through song and story


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Americans have gone from religious to spiritual, but still can’t help talking about God.

 
 

We are shaped and formed by the songs and stories we hear and watch.

Search the keyword ‘God’ on Spotify, what results will you get? God’s Plan by Drake and God is a Woman by Ariana Grande. One song fashions a god made in man’s own image. The second song repaints female empowerment into goddess worship.

When one turns to the moving screen, there are over 500 scripted narrative programs combined on streaming services and broadcast and cable television channels. Scarce among these modern stories is any mention of God, and the stories that do invoke the Creator often fail to do so in any meaningful, historical, biblical way.

 
 
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Three out of five teens say they find God outside of church.

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Our mission is to inspire the imagination, b

egin conversations, humbly critique cultural standards, and love our neighbor.

 

Our Goals

 
01.

Engage the narrative imagination.

Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music are the new cultural myth-makers. The Christian community owes a debt of love to all people, and we can share that through song and story.

02.

Begin the conversation.

These modern myths show the deep longing of our society. As we engage in thoughtful questions and consideration of our community, we can love and know our neighbor.

03.

Humbly critique cultural standards.

Why do you believe what you believe? Why do we believe everyone has the right to an education? To a minimum wage? To love and be loved? These humble questions lead to salt-and-light opportunities.

04.

Love our neighbor and go deep.

As we build the Gospel story into song and story and engage our neighbor in thoughtful conversation, deep relationships will form and the opportunity to enter into deep, spiritual formation will arise.

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We are story-telling beings. Indeed, so much so that it has been suggested that humans should be called Homo Narratus, rather than Homo Sapiens. We craft and tell stories of our successes and our defeats, we sing songs of love and loss. Music breaks down barriers. Storytelling goes beyond our head and touches our hearts.

Good News

 

For our Neighbor

For the Church

Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
— Paul, Letter to the Ephesians 5:19 MSG
Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
— Paul, Letter to the Colossians 3:16 MSG
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
— Jesus, from Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.
— Jesus, from Matthew 11:4-6 ESV