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Month: March 2014

Fishing

In this play covering the appearance of Jesus to the disciples who returned to their old activity of fishing and his later delivery of the Great Commission, that weird science fiction-y effect where people don’t recognize him at first arises once again, and to an even greater extent. This time, there’s no “ah ha!” moment…

Nicodemus

If you had met with Jesus by night and heard the words he spoke to Nicodemus, would they have persuaded you to belief? Like the other long discourses in John, it’s an odd speech with some problematic aspects. I examine this question by filtering it through several second hand listeners, and come to the conclusion…

The Hour

This is one of the oddest prayers in the Gospels, for three reasons: It’s a very personal prayer, between a Son and his Father, and yet, Jesus speaks it out loud in the hearing of his disciples. Jesus sometimes refers to himself in the third person, and once by name! The prayer has some pedagogical…

The Spirit of Truth

There are two parallel journeys going on in these chapters of John: as the disciples slowly and individually stumble into greater understanding of exactly what’s about to happen, Judas makes his swift way to cut his deal with the high priest. In this particular play, it’s Mary who, among the disciples, advances the furthest along…

To Prepare a Place

These chapters of John are going to be tough to render as a series of plays, because it’s almost entirely just Jesus talking. This particular installment was no trouble at all, however, because of all the dramatic undercurrents to this simple supper. Prior to this play in which Jesus tells the disciples he’s leaving, but…

The Good Shepherd

How pleasant it is, after the intensity of the Resurrection plays, to come to this simple story of some teaching by Jesus and what people made of it! There isn’t even anything odd or controversial about it, except for the business of the shepherd vs. the gate, and there’s a common explanation for that that…
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