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His Yoke

The text this play is based on is a remarkable combination of harsh judgment and yearning compassion, and I’ve tried in the play to push each state to an extreme, rather than try to reconcile or moderate them. If this results in a Jesus that you, like Susanna in the play, don’t like seeing, then…

Sheep Among Wolves

The account of Jesus sending out the Twelve in the first half of Matthew 10 is so similar to the one about his sending out the Seventy that I almost combined them into a single play. Then I came to this half of the chapter, and realized that they were very different stories. They both…

Fishing

In this play covering the appearance of Jesus to the disciples who returned to their old activity of fishing and his later delivery of the Great Commission, that weird science fiction-y effect where people don’t recognize him at first arises once again, and to an even greater extent. This time, there’s no “ah ha!” moment…

Nicodemus

If you had met with Jesus by night and heard the words he spoke to Nicodemus, would they have persuaded you to belief? Like the other long discourses in John, it’s an odd speech with some problematic aspects. I examine this question by filtering it through several second hand listeners, and come to the conclusion…

The Hour

This is one of the oddest prayers in the Gospels, for three reasons: It’s a very personal prayer, between a Son and his Father, and yet, Jesus speaks it out loud in the hearing of his disciples. Jesus sometimes refers to himself in the third person, and once by name! The prayer has some pedagogical…

The Spirit of Truth

There are two parallel journeys going on in these chapters of John: as the disciples slowly and individually stumble into greater understanding of exactly what’s about to happen, Judas makes his swift way to cut his deal with the high priest. In this particular play, it’s Mary who, among the disciples, advances the furthest along…
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