There are billions of people in the world with billions of stories. And yet there are themes in our stories that are universal: betrayal, love, sacrifice, romance, and redemption.
The real question, however, is if there’s a larger story or narrative to which all of our stories relate-one that makes sense of our shared experience via a common Backstory.
About the authors
As Executive Director of Research and Development for Cru, Keith Davy has helped spearhead innovation for more effective ministry in today’s rapidly changing cultural landscape. Having earned his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Magna Cum Laude), Keith has taught evangelism on both the collegiate and seminary level, been a frequent retreat and conference speaker, as well as a writer and an elder in his local church.
Rick James ends up thinking a lot about evangelism, about how to present Jesus responsibly to college students. In his former role as a speaker for Campus Crusade and publisher of CruPress, Rick is constantly looking for, collecting and creating literature that communicates the Gospel in a truly relevant way. Rick's two degrees, theology and advertising, have convinced him that good communication is nearly as important as good theology. And his Likewise book Jesus Without Religion reflects both, as Rick joins his concern for biblical substance with a care for style, humor, and metaphor. Rick reads Atlantic Monthly, social trend writers like Malcolm Gladwell, and design magazines like Communication and Print. He also enjoys Wes Anderson films.
This booklet explains that common backstory in a clear presentation of the gospel:
- Intimacy: God created us to know him
- Betrayal: Humanity rebelled and sin separated us from God
- Anticipation: The Bible promises a coming deliverer
- Pursuit: The coming of Christ
- Sacrifice: Jesus’s death and resurrection
- Invitation: God invites us to return to him
- Reunion: The future relationship to come, and eternal life
As you can see, Backstory – Life @ Large Revisited provides a broader, more comprehensive explanation of the gospel and thus a more compelling case for Christ. You can use the booklet to explain the gospel, stimulate a spiritual conversation, or to give to someone to read on their own.