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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…

The Rich Man and the Beggar

This is a difficult story not just for the reasons given in the play – the apparent implication that the rich man is damned only because he enjoyed a good life while Lazarus is sent to Paradise primarily because he suffered in this life, and the question of whether this was meant by Jesus to be…

The Shrewd Manager

I think it’s safe to say that this is the most difficult parable in the Gospels. Not only are there many contradictory interpretations of it floating around, none of which is entirely satisfactory, but the passage itself offers multiple interpretations of its own, some of which contradict each other – and none of which are…

The Prodigal Son

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the best known parables in the Gospels. But how well do you really know it? Do you, just for starters, even know what the word “prodigal” means? (Warning: it might not mean what you think it means!) And if you do, doesn’t it seem like an…
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