The Stories We Tell

| February 11, 2015

Mike Cosper. The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long For and Echo the Truth. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. 240 pp. $15.99.

The first thing you should know about Mike Cosper’s excellent new book, The Stories We Tell [interview | foreword by Tim Keller], is that chapter 10 is titled “Honey Boo Boo and the Weight of Glory.” I’ll refrain from expressing my hope that becomes the title of a dissertation somewhere. Regardless, that delightfully entertaining moniker is a clue that Cosper has a keen eye and a gifted pen for two topics: gospel theology and pop culture. The Stories We Tell, published in Crossway’s Cultural Renewal series edited by Keller and Collin Hansen, is a fresh and needed look at why cultural fixtures like cinema and TV matter for telling the gospel story.

Cosper, pastor of worship and the arts at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, loves a good story. In the first pages of The Stories We Tell he recounts how his interest and love for television grew during his childhood: “Those untold hours in front of that heavenly electronic glory filled my mind with a love of comedy, a love of movies…

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