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The addition of simple drama to sermons is effective in bringing Bible passages alive and involving a variety of church members in enacting and proclaiming the gospel. There is no more engaging way to tell the stories in the Bible than through effective sermon dramas. Chatham offers a collection of seven sermon-dramas that are ready for use in worship. He includes lines, stage directions and a list of characters and props. Some of these dramas retell the stories of the persistent widow (in Luke 18), of Rahab and of Jonah; others give testimony to the re-creative power of God, God's calling of his people, the continuing power of the Easter story, and the discernment of light from darkness.
In this highly useful book, pastor James O. Chatham invites clergy to use drama to proclaim the gospel. By adding simple dramas to sermons, a number of church members can be involved in making Bible passages come alive. Because many of the Bible stories are so good that they need little explanation, Enacting the Word shows that there is no more engaging way to tell these stories than through effective sermon drama. Chatham offers seven example dramas that are ready for use, complete with lines, stage directions, and a list of characters and needed props. Drawing from both New Testament and Old Testament texts, Chatham's dramas tell the stories of the persistent widow in Luke 18, of Rahab, and of Jonah; give testimony to the re-creative power of God, God's continued calling of God's people, and the import of the Easter story in modern contexts; and provide a lesson for discerning light from darkness. Book jacket.
James O. Chatham is pastor emeritus of Highland Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. He has brought his unique Bible teaching to many groups and congregations throughout the U.S., and has taught every fall for the past twenty-six years at the Lay Institute of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has authored Creation to Revelation: A Brief Account of the Biblical Story (Eerdmans), and Is It I, Lord? and Enacting the Word both from John Knox/Westminster.