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Month: April 2013

Places of Honor

In this play, I return to the home of Susanna’s husband, the broadminded Pharisee who invited Jesus to his home in The Women, but the atmosphere is completely different. The lectionary reading upon which this play is based is an odd one:┬áLuke 14:1,7-14. The story itself is found in verses 7-14, but the first verse…

A Sabbath Healing

This play about Jesus getting in trouble for performing a healing on the Sabbath arose from my feeling that the synagogue leader’s complaint – that the woman could have been healed any other day of the week, just not on that one special day – was not all that unreasonable, and that Jesus’ counter –…

The Narrow Gate

I dedicate this play about the Narrow Gate to a friend of mine who once made the most brilliant reply to a theological question I ever heard. The question was a fairly common one in the conservative Christian circles we belonged to at the time, and had to do with whether a certain requirement was…

Not Peace but a Sword

It’s strange how the Lord of all these family friendly churches today never had much good to say about families. All believers in Jesus tailor him to some extent to meet their needs, of course, but it’s good once in a while to meditate on the dissonance between the raw Gospels and the ways in…

The Watchers

This is exactly what I’m talking about when I say there are textual oddities in the Gospels. This play’s parable about a man who goes out to a party and charges his servants to wait up for his return might seem perfectly unremarkable if all you’re doing is drawing generic spiritual lessons from it, but…

Who Do They Say That I Am?

The enduring mystery of the Gospels is how the disciples could have been surprised by Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection when he told them ahead of time that they were going to happen.Thus, the mission of The Wineskin Project: to bring to the fore that sense of being out to sea the disciples must have…
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