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The Bread of Life

The stories in which Jesus chastises some person or group for not having enough faith or (for lack of a better term) ideological purity, as he does in this play where he calls himself the bread of life, have always¬†interested me, because I think they often run counter to the way Christians actually conduct themselves…

A prophet without honor

Although Jesus’ family doesn’t explicitly appear in this account of his attempt to minister to the people of his home town, they must have been there, right? In any case, I jumped at the opportunity to bridge the gap between Mary prodding Jesus to perform his first miracle at the wedding at Cana and her…

New Wineskins

At last, we come to the Gospel passage from which this project gets its name! Ironically, on this occasion, I’m violating one of the rules of the project by imposing my own interpretive framework on this particular play. These stories were clearly intended to be about faith, in a mode I like to call “Faith…

The heart of the storm

This play about Jesus calming the storm takes up some unfinished business from last week’s play about Jesus and his family. The theme is Jesus as (in Judas’ words) a force of nature: something largely uncontrollable and ultimately incomprehensible. I think this is a good counterweight to the diminished Jesus that’s often presented from pulpits…

A house divided

Jesus had brothers and sisters! Not everybody knows that, but oddly, more people may know this account of him dissociating himself from them. An odd aspect of the story is how his mother, who earlier in his ministry (albeit in the very different world of the Gospel of John) not only believed in his power…

Judas

This was a tricky play to devise, because the Gospel passage reports, in rapid fire fashion, three major events already narrated in much greater detail in other Gospel passages (and already covered in three other plays): the baptism of Jesus, the temptation of Jesus, and the arrest of John the Baptist. Then I noticed that…
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