The Prodigal Son of Jixian is a play I wrote back in 2008, for a show my then-school (New Century Language and Culture Center) put on to showcase student talent in speaking the Chinese language. I wrote this basic script, and then each student performing in the play took his or her lines and translated those lines into Chinese, and then our troupe performed the play for the school. This play is roughly based off of the Biblical parable, “the prodigal son,” although deviates a bit as this story takes place around the turn of the new millennium in China.   The Prodigal Son of Jixian Characters Narrator: (8 parts) Father: (26 lines) Older Daughter: (15 lines) Younger Son: (21[…]

Last night I finished watching Joseph. A bible film, made for secular audiences, complete with blood, violence, and skin, but an excellent portrayal of the story of Joseph. Really brought the accuracy of the time out for me, something that soaped-up Sunday School versions of the story could never do. The very nature of a whip crack against the back, or the madness of a society that revolves around the worship of a man as god might do to people, and yet in the middle of this, what was most amazing was the quality of being a witness Joseph was able to be. There is a lesson in this. I was amazed by the strength of such a witness. It[…]

We in America like to talk about the spiritual gifts God has bestowed upon us, and therefore we should use that gift for the body of Christ. But that’s not what Paul says in Romans. He says, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…”, and then he continues, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another,” and then he continues yet again, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophesy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us[…]