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The Parable of the Talents

In this play’s parable of the Ten Talents, we have another case of Jesus presenting a principle of the Kingdom that might be a little repellent to some modern sensibilities. At least to certain quarters of the Church, the cruel law, “to those who have shall be given, and from those who have not will…

The Ten Virgins

The mission of the Wineskin Project has always been to take the Gospel texts as they are and try to make plausible and compelling plays out of them, without imposing any interpretive frameworks. In this week’s play about the parable of the Ten Virgins, I’ve broken that rule by ignoring the explicit statement at the…

Woe

I don’t have much to say about this account of Jesus’ final sermon to the people of Jerusalem except that I’m suddenly fantasizing about these plays being made into a TV miniseries some day! Not a stilted, reverent reenactment in which the Jesus is a wise teacher and his words and actions since entering Jerusalem…

A novel of Joan of Arc!

I’ve just published a novelization of the life of Joan of Arc and am offering a special Church Edition to all my Wineskin Project readers, at a reduced price and for a limited time. This special edition: Has original cover art painted by artist Carridine Poran. Contains extra material not found in the standard edition:…

Render to Caesar

This is definitely the best reply Jesus ever made to an attempt to trap him with words. It not only escapes the trap, but broadens the whole context of the conversation, putting forward profound ideas about the nature of human institutions and their relationship to the divine. Nevertheless, when I first sat down to write…

The Wedding Feast

The fascinating thing about the parable of the wedding feast is how Jesus changes it from its original form, as spoken by him on a much earlier occasion. It’s more than just a change in its structure to adapt the lesson to a new set of circumstances, but the injection of a disorienting level of…
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