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Month: April 2014

The Waterwalkers

What a change from those problematic plays about the parables! First a huge miracle, the Feeding of the Five Thousand, and now this play that’s just filled to overflowing with miracles. (Literally! As people are healed just by touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak.) I take the opportunity in this play to address a long…

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

I’ve taken the liberty of using this play about the feeding of the five thousand to propose an alternate explanation of the miracle that’s popular in some circles. Did Jesus miraculously multiply the loaves and fishes, or did people who were secretly holding food for themselves share it when the baskets came around, inspired or…

Like a Net

Wow. I must admit that when I first began writing plays based on the readings from this chapter of Matthew, I assumed that all the parables in it were largely unrelated, that it was a loose collection of parables spoken at various times, or maybe an account of a single sermon where Jesus told parables…

Parables of the Kingdom

In this week’s gospel, Jesus continues to preach in parables, and to paint the counter-intuitive picture of a world in which souls are born already good or evil, already saved or lost, and his mission is not to convert any lost souls to saved ones, but to identify and enlighten the already saved ones, while…

Parable of the Sower

This is a story that divides its hearers. Some receive it gladly, perhaps because it confirms their belief in a universe where many will not be saved, or where the destinies of souls are predestined, or in a Jesus who is as hard and unforgivingly principled as they strive to be themselves. Others take offense…

His Yoke

The text this play is based on is a remarkable combination of harsh judgment and yearning compassion, and I’ve tried in the play to push each state to an extreme, rather than try to reconcile or moderate them. If this results in a Jesus that you, like Susanna in the play, don’t like seeing, then…
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