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Gag Rule

The oddest thing about this story of Jesus performing a number of healings and exorcisms right at the start of his ministry is his order to the evil spirits not to proclaim that he was the messiah. As usual, I do my best to call out the oddity without offering any explanation for it, and…

With Authority

This play about Jesus exorcising a possessed man in a synagogue is kind of the anti-Wineskin Project story. All the rest of the characters in the play collectively mirror my approach to the Gospels in these plays: varied, thoughtful, open to many possibilities, never certain about anything. Then Jesus comes in and shouts, “Silence!”

Holy Family cycle

With the posting of this play about Jesus as a 12 year old, my cycle of Holy Family plays is now complete*, and I’m very pleased with how they turned out. Please read them again as a group and let me know what you think. “Joseph”    “Mary”    “Out of Egypt”   “Jesus” Reading them…

Mary

We interrupt our usual Wineskin Project analysis for a public service announcement by Freeman Ng, the poet: This play about the Songs of Mary and Zechariah illustrates the difference between routine verse and really good poetry. Zechariah has a statement to make – a largely theological (or political) statement – and he casts it in…

Coming in Clouds

There are probably very few readers who have a problem with Jesus’ use of an already fulfilled prophecy by Daniel in this play. Evangelicals will cite the “principle” of “double fulfillment” while modern Biblical scholars might conclude he never spoke the words at all, but that they were placed in his mouth by the early…

The Least of These

“What must I do to be saved?” It’s a question that Jesus addressed many times, but the problem is that he gave many different answers. Some of them (like his long talk with Nicodemus in John 3, for example) will appeal to those who would like to emphasize the primacy of Faith, who then have…
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