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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 and in Sunday School classrooms who – surprise, surprise! – happens to embody every good value we aspire to and condemn every sin we allow ourselves to condemn. There’s nothing about this Jesus that surprises or shocks or scandalizes us, but shouldn’t there be? To paraphrase Judas in the play, if he were nothing more or less than the epitome of all that we want to believe he is, wouldn’t that be evidence that we just made him up?