It was great fun to chat with Nate Morgan-Locke recently, co-writer and co-presenter of the new Life Explored resource. Nate is an associate evangelist for Christianity Explored Ministries and serves on the staff team at St Bart’s Church, Bath. We talked through the vision and story behind LE, as well as the value in telling stories as part of our communication of the gospel.
Nate, Life Explored is now released and out there. In a nutshell, what is it?
We all want to be happy. And yet lasting happiness is so hard to find. Life Explored is basically a seven session series, featuring a combination of short films and Bible interaction, which seeks to show how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ.
So, talk us through the story that’s led you & Barry to write & produce this?
I think it was way back in December 2010 that we first started exploring the idea of what would eventually go on to become Life Explored. At that point we were realising that you’d get some people who’d done Christianity Explored but they weren’t quite ready for Discipleship Explored. And so it felt like there was a gap. We’re also aware that people are exploring Christianity with very little sense of the Bible’s big picture. Fast-forward to 2013 and Barry Cooper [co-author & co-presenter], Alison Mitchell and I were crafting some Bible studies for this material, and we just began realising that at the heart of people’s confusion about Christianity was how they understood God.