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To Prepare a Place

These chapters of John are going to be tough to render as a series of plays, because it’s almost entirely just Jesus talking. This particular installment was no trouble at all, however, because of all the dramatic undercurrents to this simple supper. Prior to this play in which Jesus tells the disciples he’s leaving, but…

The Good Shepherd

How pleasant it is, after the intensity of the Resurrection plays, to come to this simple story of some teaching by Jesus and what people made of it! There isn’t even anything odd or controversial about it, except for the business of the shepherd vs. the gate, and there’s a common explanation for that that…

The Resurrection Plays

The four plays covering the initial appearances by Jesus to each disciple or group of disciples is now complete. They appear out of order in the lectionary, which oddly puts Thomas before the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and I also squeezed one account into the play about the Transfiguration, which appears during Lent.…

On the Road to Emmaus

There is an eerie quality to the Resurrection appearances that I never paid much attention to when I read them primarily for their theological or pedagogical content. Now, reading them as much as I can as if for the first time, as raw accounts of events I have no preconceived notions about, it’s this almost…

Thomas

I’ve always felt Thomas was unfairly maligned in this account of his doubt over Jesus’s resurrection, and so, as I did with Martha in the story that contrasts her pragmatic nature with her sister’s romanticism, I let him answer back in this play. The crux of my argument in his defense is that it was…

Risen

Easter! I don’t have much to say about this play covering Jesus’ initial appearances to various disciples. I tried to include everything, and to convey a sense of events breaking rapidly, and to show people reacting in various ways to the stress. I hope you’ll enjoy the poetry. Sometimes, the material I’m working with is…
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