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”
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!
Tonight we kick off our 10 week study of Esther, ala Beth Moore. I am excited, because I think we’ll have a fun and unique group. I’m also excited because this is, hands down, my favorite Old Testament book. Why? Not because our protagonist is a woman (although that is refresing). Esther is written without direct reference to God–he’s never mentioned by name, and is never mentioned as having specifically intervened any way throughout Ester’s story. In fact, this has brought the book under scrutiny in the past, with some historical critics claiming that it shouldn’t be considered part of the Bible. But I think that the subtlety of God’s presence throughout the book is it’s brilliance.
How often do you hear a narrator, like Harold Crick, over your life story saying “and then God did this…”? How often do you literally wrestle with angles, encounter burning bushes or see Jesus walk through the wall of your living room? Esther’s story reads a lot like how we experince daily life. God’s hands are all over it, there’s no doubt, but the book is devoid of the dramatic biblical devices that we equate with God’s involvement yet hardly encounter in our own lives. I think sometimes when we read stories in the Bible recounting the unbelieveable, we do actually find them unbelieveable. Our familiarity with these stories allows us to categorize them with fairy tales we were told as children. It’s not that we don’t believe God parted the Red Sea, we just don’t think that’s the same God we encounter today.
Well folks, it is. And Esther’s story–a story that happens right in the middle of a whole lot of unbelievable activity–that reminds us that God is present in our life too; even if we can’t hear a narrator tell us so.