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If your eye offends you

Mark 9:38-50 The most enjoyable part of this play to write was the confrontation by John and James with the “unauthorized” healer using Jesus’ name to cast out demons, because it seemed to me that in this situation, the tables were turned on the disciples, who suddenly found themselves in a position with respect to…

The Greatest in the Kingdom

At the heart of this play is a simplistic Sunday School lesson that gets away from us and changes into something much more complicated. The basic framework is that the disciples argue about which of them will be the greatest in the kingdom, and then are taught a lesson when Jesus presents a child to…

What defiles a man

Matthew 15:1-11 Mark 7:1-23 For this play about what defiles a man, I did something I’ve rarely done in the course of writing these plays that have depended almost entirely on the raw texts, and not on any outside information or interpretive context: some historical research. The reason I did it was to investigate an…

The Bread of Life (4)

Along the lines of my previous blog post, I’ll ask this time: Are you offended by this sermon of Jesus? If not, why not? What I was taught when I was young was that his listeners found his sermon offensive because they thought he was talking about cannibalism, but even back then, this seemed like…

The Bread of Life (2)

When a gospel story rubs against the grain of orthodox Christian belief, I do my best to accentuate the dissonance. However, when a story, like this one of Jesus calling himself the bread of life, plugs pretty much perfectly into the framework of Jesus as the Son of God who dies on the cross as…
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