Storytelling expert Steven James says one of the keys to effective stories is to trust them to do their work without trying to explain or analyze them for the listeners. He writes: “In nearly every book on public speaking and preaching I’ve read I see the same advice: ‘Tell ’em what you’re gonna say. Say it. Then tell ’em what you said.’
“That might be a good way to teach someone how to bake a casserole, but it sure stinks when it comes to telling a good story. Maybe that’s why Jesus never did it. Not once. Instead, He spoke in metaphor, story and imagery that appealed to curiosity and imagination. He didn’t preach three-point sermons; He preached one-point sermons—and most of the time He didn’t tell people what that point was!
“Jesus rarely explained His stories, in fact only once in Scripture are we told specifically why Jesus told a story (
“I’m not asking you to leave your listeners constantly confused, just trust them more to connect the dots. Jesus trusted His story to do its work in the lives of His listeners. He almost always wrapped truth up in mystery. We can do the same.” (Click here to read the full article on Steven’s website.)