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Transfigured

I hope this doesn’t interfere with the Lenten tone for anybody, but I decided to tell┬áthe story of the Transfiguration in the context of the Resurrection. Jesus refers specifically to his future resurrection at the end of the Transfiguration account, of course, and that was part of my rationale, but I also thought the two…

Tempted

I regret not writing this play directly about the temptation of Jesus itself. Instead, I quailed a bit at the prospect of creating good drama out of a situation I couldn’t help but see as utterly undramatic. (If Satan tells you to do anything, you just say no, don’t you? You shouldn’t even have to…

Love

For any given Christian, there are undoubtedly commands of Jesus that are relatively easy to follow, some that are harder but still doable, and some that are so hard that you don’t realistically expect that you’ll ever achieve total compliance. Which commands fall into which categories will vary with the person, of course, but some…

Salt

In this play based on two fairly unrelated teachings of Jesus, I present a thought I’ve long had about the intricacies of Judaic law and practice. In the conservative Evangelical tradition I grew up in, the countless rules and careful distinctions involved in obeying conceptually simple Jewish laws like, say, the Sabbath, were seen as…

Followers

Somehow, I never realized before that the first disciples to join Jesus were all brothers. That’s got to mean something, though I’m not sure what. I went further and made two of the younger brothers disciples of John the Baptist before they leave him for Jesus. (The text only says that two unnamed disciples of…

Blessed are the who?

There are two versions of the Beatitudes, which is fascinating to me. There are many differences between the Gospels that reflect differences in the writers’ outlooks, target audiences, and goals, but none is more striking than these two accounts of a sermon that begins, “Blessed are the poor.” This is not just a case of…
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