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Month: February 2014

Lord Master Rabbi

I’ve just changed what the disciples call Jesus in these plays from “master” to “rabbi”. It feels even weirder than I suspected it might when I got this idea, but that’s exactly why I’m going to stick with it! The name of Jesus has been a tricky thing. You’ll already have noticed nobody ever calls…

Lazarus

John 11:1-45 What a story! So many threads to weave into one short play: the miracle itself, the danger to Jesus and the disciples, the return of the two sisters and their differing personalities, the touching (if gloomy) commitment of Thomas, and that mysterious statement by Martha (“I know that *even now* God will give you…

Healed

Two things about Jesus’ healing of a man who was born blind fascinate me. The first is how grounded in his own acceptance of Reality the man seems to be. He does not (apparently) beg desperately to be healed, and doesn’t jump for joy once he is. He can’t be intimated by the threats and…

The Woman at the Well

I love these stories of individuals who engaged Jesus with a certain level of pluck, intelligence, or sophistication. I think Jesus must have appreciated these encounters, too, since he so often got nothing but bland cluelessness from his own disciples. Whether the Samaritan woman at the well falls into the former or latter category can…