Peachtree Stories: Christi Paul

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Storytelling takes on many forms in worship. Sometimes pieces stand alone, by design; other times, as with this short film, we cut it in such a way for it to live inside a sermon (a story within a story). This video, in fact, was a part of a 10-week worship / sermon series called The Story, which looks at the single, overarching narrative of scripture.

The theme for the day focused on the Old Testament character of Joseph, who was sold by his brothers into slavery. Joseph suffered much at the hands of family members, but God redeemed it. The woman in the video, Christi Paul, has a similar story. Hers is about surviving domestic abuse, and how God has redeemed it.

We shot it “Diane Sawyer” style, with our Executive Pastor Marnie Crumpler doing the interview, and used it as a (powerful) sermon illustration. Notice that it doesn’t tell the story on its own; it’s missing many parts, such as her back story and what led her to the place she found herself. When using a segment like this, these other details are handled live by the speaker.

Christi Paul is a Peachtree member, a CNN anchor, and the author of Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt (Tyndale, 2012). This short film was photographed and edited by Dave Karger at Atlanta Cinematic.

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Len Wilson

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Christ follower. Storyteller. Strategist. Writer. Creative Director at St Andrew. Tickle monster. Author, Think Like a Five Year Old (Abingdon).