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Month: July 2013

Children of the Resurrection

If anybody understands the logic of Jesus’ counterargument against the Sadducees who challenge him on the doctrine the resurrection, I wish you’d enlighten me. God is the God of Abraham, but God is also the God of the living and not of the dead, so Abraham must be living. But who says God is the…

Zacchaeus

I enjoyed writing this wee little play so much that I hate to sully it with my usual tedious talk about grammar or history or the politics of first century Palestine. Instead, I’ll just point you to these three video “commentaries” on the story:

The Tax Collector

The tricky thing about telling a parable where one of the characters is “confident of his own righteousness and looks down on everyone else” while the other is humble and repentant is that your listeners are likely to be confident that they are not the first person but the second. In order to hook them,…

The Unjust Judge and the Widow

This week’s play is about yet another parable that doesn’t seem to quite work. Moreover, tacked onto the end of it is a seemingly random outburst of emotion by Jesus that’s so hard to explain that the Episcopal lectionary leaves it completely out of the reading. I do my best to suggest an imaginatively plausible reading…

The Lepers

In the course of writing these plays, I’m becoming more and more amazed at how problematic Jesus’s utterances can routinely be. Not just the grand pronouncements of heavenly mysteries, which you’d expect to be problematic, but the ordinary logic of daily conversation. I know I should be happy about this, because it provides so much…

Faith the size of a mustard seed

In this play, we hear more problematic words from Jesus, only this time, instead of highlighting the contradiction or illogic or discrepancy, I try my best to explain it away! Why? Well, I suppose I’ve been getting a little tired of doing the usual thing. The problem in this reading is not the assertion that with…