Many congregations are searching for fresh approaches to telling the good news -- and "Thespian Theology" is just what you need to inject a healthy dose of fun into the scriptural message. Twelve of Jesus' parables are depicted in a humorous, offbeat way in scripts that were originally developed for presentation by a high school-age youth group. While the plays are especially appropriate for adolescents, they also maintain a focus on the biblical text and will appeal to all ages. Pastors and youth leaders will discover that these simple, easy-to-perform sketches can be an excellent tool for reaching out to unchurched people and getting them excited about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone who participates in (or witnesses a performance) of these sketches will enjoy them while learning about God in the process.
Some of the amusing titles include:
Who Is My Neighbor? or The Parable of the Good Geek (The Good Samaritan)
Wilfred Wonderful's Weightless Wooden Widget Works (The Unforgiving Servant)
Hey... Who's in Charge Here? (The Laborers in the Vineyard)
Irkum D. Judge, Esq. (The Judge and the Widow)
A graduate of Harvard University (B.A. and M.B.A.), John A. TenBrookhas been addicted to the theatre ever since he appeared in Harvard's famous Hasty Pudding Show as an undergraduate. He has worked in marketing and public relations for the Westvaco and Friendly Ice Cream corporations, and has also served as Director of Community Relations for two social service agencies in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. He is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.