No Ordinary Story Radio Theatre brings together three powerful elements of communication we find in Scripture:
1. In the book of Acts, we see how God used the testimony of Paul and others to impact lives. In the same way, this production tells the true stories of Rajiv, Julie and Richard grappling with the message of the Bible. Everyone, whether from the east or the west, will be able to identity with some part of their story.
2. Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, carefully laid the Old Testament foundations for understanding His identity and work on the cross. In the same way, the No Ordinary Story Radio Theatre retells the biblical story, using the Old Testament to give the background to the gospel. The story thread begins in Creations and ends with Christ.
3. The impact of music is woven throughout scripture. No Ordinary Story takes advantage of that powerful median, and brings the biblical storyline to life with 17 memorable songs--a whole hour’s worth of music--intertwined with the three testimonies and Creation to Christ teaching.
The Radio Theatre is an abridgement of the No Ordinary Story series.
Seventeen songs present the “big picture” of the Bible, from Creation to Christ. The goal of the producers was to have a “buffet” of music, appealing to a broad spectrum of listeners.
The Bible is objectively presented, without arm-twisting. At the same time, the message is not compromised. Without apology, the presentation talks about sin, death and a judgment to come. These issues are handled in straightforward “true to the text” ways that are not “pulpit-pounding” or harsh in manner.
Rajiv, Julie and Richard are real people, and though we have changed their names and setting, the way in which they were taught the Bible is very much true to what they experienced.
The Bible represented my enemy’s religion, at least that is how I thought of it. I hated it. So, when I was asked if I wanted to learn about the Bible, well, on the outside I would be polite because that is what I was trained to do in my culture, but inside my mind, I would be looking for any flaws that would expose the whole thing as a fraud. –Rajiv
In my mind...oh, I was in a dark, dark place. On more than one occasion, I found myself in my bedroom, on my face, banging my fists on the floor, calling out, “God, if there is a God, show yourself to me.” But... I received no answer. –Julie
Now whether on a plane or a train, I’m quite content to just sit in my seat and be quiet. I come from part of the world where you don’t discuss religion. So, there’s a natural resistance inside me to say anything about the Bible. –Richard
Age: For adults and teens.
Runtime: 104 minutes
Formats: 2 CDs or MP3 download
All Worldviews: Engages those who adopt their own spirituality, making God out to be whatever they want. Also for those who think of God as an impersonal force or for those with post-modern, post-Christian and secular mindsets. Addresses questions arising from polytheism, pantheism, animism, agnosticism and atheism.
Assumptions: Assumes listeners have little or no knowledge of the Bible.
Chronological: Begins with the creation of the universe and then, progressing sequentially through key Old Testament stories, moves into the New Testament to reveal the meaning of the cross and the tomb. The main story of the Bible is tied together into one universal, all-encompassing drama.
Based on the gospel of John: Uses the gospel of John as a template; at the same time, provides necessary background stories to give the gospel context. It assumes the reader knows very little, if anything, about the Bible.
Peels religious tradition off the Bible: Introduces readers to the Bible without the trappings of religion.
Objective: Allows the Bible to speak for itself in presenting the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no arm-twisting to believe. The message is presented objectively; the decision to believe or not to believe is left to the listener.
Designed to give away: The CDs can be passed on like a gospel tract. People can then learn the Bible's message for themselves.
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