When it’s time to write, my mind quickly finds a reason not to sit down and face the terror of the blank page. Normally, these distractions come in the form of odds and ends I convince myself must be taken care of before I sit down to do my work.
Lately I’ve realized the people who have had the greatest influence on my life have been those who let Jesus shine through them rather than religion (or a cause) paint over them. Often, when trying on an identity, we paint ourselves over with a cause, even the cause of Christ. Sometimes when I meet a person who is a walking talking press release for Jesus, everything in me wants to get away. There’s just something unnatural about the interaction.
Every once in a while a weekend conference comes along that has the power to change your life. It’s hard to believe because there are so many of these things, but Storyline is really doing it. If you want to completely change the way your life works, this conference is for you. Our community is […]
There are forces in the world that do not want you to grow, change or get stronger. A variety of motives cause this resistance, but regardless, it must be fought. God designed you to grow from a baby to a child to a teenager to an adult and even after you’re an adult we’re designed to continue learning about God, about love, about each other and about ourselves. Not a day goes by when we aren’t given the opportunity to become a better person. Why in the world would anybody want to stay the same?
We love Bob Goff. We love him because he shows us what’s capable in a human life. There is no ceiling to Bob’s belief that a simple life loving people can change the world. He’s loved his way into a diplomatic position in Uganda, into starting a massive school for children, into starting another in […]
By now you know we love Shauna Niequist here at Storyline. She’s an incredible mother, wife, speaker and writer. We love the boldness of her femininity and the beauty of her intense intellect. We’re proud to have her keynote and host the Storyline Conference in Chicago.
I have a confession. I’m given to self pity. I hate it and I don’t want it in my life anymore. It’s costing me. In the past month or so I’ve been studying Richard Nixon. We just passed the 40th anniversary of his impeachment and resignation, so interviews and articles have been floating around the internet. Nixon lived in a bit of an ethical fog. But in my opinion his ethics problems weren’t his primary flaw. His primary flaw was he felt sorry for himself.
At this year’s Storyline Conference, we’ve brought in speakers who tell the truth. You know how it is. So many speakers make us feel like our lives are “less than” rather than works in progress. But what does life really look like for the average person? It turns out we all have more in common than you’d think. But we only realize it when we tell each other the truth.
I’m getting into some debatable vocabulary here, but I want to point out a stark difference between imagination and fantasy. I’m hoping a simple dileniation might help those of you with active imaginations. I’m capable of living almost exclusively in my mind. I can walk and daydream for hours. But some of these daydreams haven’t […]
This year we’ve asked Scott Hamilton to speak from the main stage at Storyline. You probably noticed Scott all over the Sochi Winter Olympics coverage this past winter, but we know him as someone more than an Olympic gold medalist and commentator. We invited Scott because he’s an inspirational husband, father and follower of Jesus. How do you perform in front of billions of people without losing your mind? Talk about pressure. It’s more pressure than you and I could deal with. Or is it?
We read books for different reasons. Sometimes it’s to learn a craft or for a perspective on current events, but the books most people read aren’t approached with a specific ambition at all. What we want most is to not feel alone, to allow somebody to rummage inside our minds and souls and point out all the ways we are alike. And to write this sort of book, you only need to know your own story.