The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The word outside the box

Bold believers tell Bible stories in their own voices

Monte Albert's voice began to tremble as he read Esau's despairing plea to Isaac: "Have you only one blessing, Father? Bless me, me also, Father" (Genesis 27:38).

After he and other members of the Bible storytelling group at Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie, Iowa, finished reading the entire account, Albert blurted out, "That was me! Esau is me."

The youngest of three brothers, Albert explained how he had felt keenly his father's refusal to show him the affection and favor he had shown the oldest brother. More drawn to sports than the arts, his father attended many of the brother's football games, but he consistently failed to appear at Albert's plays and concerts. Albert grew up believing he was bad because of his artistic bent.

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