The last chapter of Ephesians contains a little segment that is popular with Sunday school teachers: the good ole’ “armor of God”. What I find interesting and entertaining about this passage is how we’ve seemed to make it kid-sized through video games and coloring books, but have all but abandoned the adult implications of it.
Last time we talked about the book of Ephesians, we talked about the directive in chapter 4 to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received”. If you happened to go crack a Bible and look that passage up, you’ll have noticed that much of the rest of the chapter goes on to talk about what that looks like. And if you kept reading, chapter 5 seemed like much of the same—and it is—but if you read long enough you probably hit a nice little speed bump: “wives submit to your husbands…”
Theology of inclusion. Process versus Product. In many areas, you can have quality in one area, such as Process, but it comes at the expense of the other—especially in theatre. Where this debate often plays out is in casting. If you are of an exclusive mind, then you can easily turn down people who don’t meet your minimum standards of qualification. Easy peasy: you pick Product. But, Continue reading “Unscripted Ephesians Ch 4”
So much of the theatre world is about accomplishment. You prove your potential to casting directors by auditioning, and giving them a resume—the bigger the roles, and the longer the list, the better. In addition to personal accomplishment, you can get a big reputation boost by dropping a few key names—famous theatres you’ve worked at and big-name producers and directors. The world of theatre is heavy on self-promotion, and it isn’t for the shy or timid; you have to be willing to talk about yourself and the things you’ve done until you’re sick of your own voice. And then you are sick of it—unless you’re a class-ten narcissist. Continue reading “Unscripted Ephesians Ch 3”
There is a theatre joke that I love: What do you call an actor with out techies (those are the people who wear black all the time, and do things off-stage)…What do you call an actor without techies? Someone standing alone in the dark, naked, trying to emote. What do you call a techie without an actor? Unemployed.
As someone who has worked both on and off stage in various respects, Continue reading “Unscripted Ephesians Ch 2”
I interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to share with you a new summer adventure: In a couple of days I will board my first-ever trans-atlantic flight and fly to Ireland. With the exception of the occasional jaunt into Mexico (and, really who counts the occasional jaunt into Mexico?) I have never really been out of the country. This is in spite of the fact that I am considered one of the jet-setters of my family.
As a result I will be taking Faith Unscripted off the rails between now and when I return, the first week of July. Expect anything but our regular conversations while I am away. I do not know how much time I will have to write, or when I might have access to the internet. But when I do, I will probably be posting thought, pictures, and whatever else I can during the trip (maybe even a video?). Also keep an eye on my twitter feed (see the feed to the right of your screen on most browsers, or follow me at twitter @nickybarger). We’ll return to Monday Inspirations and “thoughtful thursdays” as they normally appear in early July. For now, this trip is sure to be both inspirational and thoughtful.
Why Ireland? Well, for one thing, why not Ireland? Simply speaking, the Brehm Center offered two courses there this summer, and I was determined to go. The more complicated answer is this: this is what I came here for. I recently sat in an office with an advisor trying to work out my schedule for the rest of my time at Fuller. Though my time with her was productive, and her services helpful, it seemed apparent to me that she thought that my choice to go to Ireland was a waste of time and money. “You have no more electives, you realize these won’t count, don’t you?”
Bless her, it was her job to point that out to me. But frankly, in that moment, all I could see was someone who just didn’t get it. You see, I am not on an specific pre-planned/known-to-me career-path that required me to get and MAT in order to advance professionally. But, let’s be clear, my degree is more than mere “personal enrichment”. I am confident of my call to Fuller, and despite my ignorance of God’s plan, I have no doubt a plan exists. I am in the rare but not unique position where I have to pick and choose the education I get, because on one hand I need to fulfill the requirements set before me to graduate. But I also need to get in the classes that resonate with that cord God plucked in me that made it clear God was moving me to Fuller for a reason. Without a doubt, the courses I am required to take have value, and I do learn from them. But, just the same, I have to keep an eye open for those classes that I suspect have more to do with God’s plan for my life, than the Registrar’s plan.
So, then. Ireland.
The book of Ephesians, like many others in the Bible, starts off with an excited flurry of language—It feels a little excessive, really, to the modern reader. And, to further the case against Ephesians, the book contains a slew of phrases that have become the basis of “christianese”: insider language that is so over used, it has begun to loose some meaning. To top off the case Continue reading “Unscripted Ephesians: chapter 1”
Last quarter I took a class on Ephesians, and through a quarter-long series of events (including a pretty serious illness) I had to resort to taking an Incomplete in the class, in order to finish the final assignment at a later date. Then, as it turned out, my officially approved request for an Incomplete was held up on a technical matter—and it wasn’t until I was nearly half-way through the quarter when I learned that I could still make up the last assignment, and finish the course for a grade. But, by then I was well underway with my new class work and my thesis project; there wasn’t room on my plate for an extra research paper. In comes my friend and advisor to the rescue: she suggested that I pitch an alternative assignment to my professor, which I did—and he was intrigued enough by the idea that he has given me the go-ahead! So, without any more ado, I announce the forth-coming short series Unscripted Ephesians; where I will take a look at the Biblical book of Ephesians, Faith Unscripted style. This may be a little different than some of my other posts, but I invite you to join in the dialogue just the same!
As many of you know, I am the president of the theatre group at Fuller Theological Seminary, The Fuller Company. When we plan shows, we open auditions to the greater Los Angeles acting community as well as the Fuller student body, for various reasons. Not too long ago, we held auditions for our latest production, and as it turns out, all three roles in the show went to actresses from outside of Fuller. Now the question came up,