Why Do We Tell Our Stories?
There is diversity within the body of Apex. We are made up of people who have walked, or are currently walking through, all the good, bad, and the ugly this world has to offer; all pursuing their creator as they navigate their faith. Yes, we tell these stories to tell God’s story, but also to reflect the beautifully diverse world He has created to remind people, with gentleness and respect, that we’re all image bearers, united in the hope we’ve been granted.
Why do we tell stories? An anthropologist would say it’s because storytelling is vital to the human experience and storytelling exists, in many forms, within every society and culture known to man.
The Anthologies tagline will tell you, “We tell our stories to tell God’s story.” But what does that look like?
Scripture tells us to, “always be prepared to tell anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…”
1st Peter 3:15–16 reads, “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (ESV)
We use stories to make sense of our world and to share our understanding with others. The purpose of Anthologies is to give a reason for the hope we have in our Savior, who just so happens to also be the author of our stories. All believers have at least one thing in common– redemption from sin and death. We may have set foot on the narrow path. However, the roads each of us took to arrive there look vastly different. In our broken, divided world we so often lose sight of the fact that we are all image bearers. We may not have access to every experience, but we cannot deny the experiences of others as we confront them.
There is diversity within the body of Apex. We are made up of people who have walked, or are currently walking through, all the good, bad, and the ugly this world has to offer; all pursuing their creator as they navigate their faith. Yes, we tell these stories to tell God’s story, but also to reflect the beautifully manifold world He has created to remind people, with gentleness and respect, that we’re all image bearers, united in the hope we’ve been granted.
We tell stories to bring the experiences of your fellow Apexers’ struggles, victories, relationships, missions, careers, and cultures directly to you. We do our best to present our readers with a local and global view of the gospel by telling stories of journeying from victim to victor, stories speaking to hope in suffering, stories about a family’s road to salvation, stories sharing about being a refugee resettled in Dayton, stories regarding race and reconciliation, stories teaching how to reach the immigrant population in Dayton. Stories depicting the burden of wrestling with mental illness… just to name a few.
That’s why. Here’s how. We have a team of volunteer writers who interview and write the story of anyone interested in sharing, and volunteer photographers who capture images to share with alongside each story.
At Anthologies, we understand that telling your own story can be challenging. Perhaps it’s hard to find the words or you fear your story is not worth telling. This is why we use talented writers, who so compassionately approach interviewing and truly seek to glorify God by telling your story, and photographers who do a wonderful job of capturing the themes of your story in the photos they take; and we can tell you, beyond any shadow of a doubt, your story matters. Every story reflects the power of the gospel, no matter how dramatic or mundane you may believe it to be. You have a unique perspective because your story is exclusive to you.
We are honored to have the opportunity to tell God’s story by telling your story and we urge you to prayerfully consider allowing us to share yours. Consider sharing your story in 1 of 3 ways: published on our blog with photos, with a short video, or with our new “A Day In The Life” series where we share how you live out your faith, specifically through your job. “A Day In The Life” may be in written or video form.
Additionally, we always need stories to tell, and storytellers to tell them! If you’re interested in either (or both), please visit apexanthologies.com/contact. Here you can fill out a short form to submit a story to be told and also fill out an application to volunteer as a writer, videographer, or photographer.
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If you have any questions contact Elizabeth Van Dine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apex is a diverse body of believers. The stories we share are intended to showcase the personal experiences of your fellow believers as they learn to live out their faith. We encourage our readers to view these stories as a platform for dialogue on a variety of topics relevant to our lives as Christ followers.
To submit a story to be told through Anthologies, click here. To apply to join our team of volunteer writers, photographers, and videographers, click here. Questions for the Editor-in-Chief? E-mail email@example.com