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Monday Rewrite

Monday Rewrite

Familiar Bible passages, seen with new creative eyes

Monday Rewrite: Stranger in a Strange Place

Daniel stands in this strange place. Hearing the pronouncement that he has a new name now. The last vestige of familiarity fading away. Everything he is, grabbed by the collar …

Monday Rewrite: Troubles

He knows that they worry, understands that it’s a human trait to do so. Can see the concern and questions etched in the furrows of their brows, in the lines …

Monday Rewrite: The Cave

Imagine the scene, a gloomy cave in the middle of nowhere, and a power player desperate to relieve himself. Maybe he ate the wrong things the night before, or the …

Monday Rewrite: A Lost E-pistle from Rahab

top-pro@citywall.ex-jericho to joshua@conqueringhero.jericho-rubble Dear Sir Just wanted to thank you for saving my life. And for honouring your promise and preserving my family too. When your boys knocked on my …

Monday Rewrite: A Lost E-pistle from Rahab

top-pro@citywall.ex-jericho to joshua@conqueringhero.jerichorubble Dear Sir Just wanted to thank you for saving my life. And for honouring your promise and preserving my family too. When your boys knocked on my …

Monday Rewrite: A New Start

Like so many, she was trying to construct a life from things she found in the market stalls. And she had a gift for it, no doubt. Spotting the best …

Monday rewrite: Two Experts

Jesus looks at him, sees beyond the public face, hears the unspoken questions. ‘What are life’s most important rules,’ the man had asked, seeing if his question could upend this …

Monday Rewrite: The Word

Once upon a time, in the beginning, a story was told, a Word was heard. And the Word was Hope. And this Word had legs, and a voice, and a …

Monday Rewrite: Sea of Broken Dreams

So many of us sail on the sea of broken dreams, Disappointed with life and all that it seems To offer us. Not what we imagined when we were young. …

Monday Rewrite: Nazareth Man

Well, he came walking out of the desert,With a humble purpose burning in his eye,A man on a mission, a small town boyReady to live and die.Well, he walked through …

Monday Rewrite: The King and His Kids

by Lynn and Dave Hopwood There was a king with a palace full of family and subjects. One day one of his sons, Jake, came to him and asked for …

Monday Rewrite: Chaos

You know how it is when your life feels out of control. Others seem to have got hold of the reins and they’re steering you off course, moving the furniture …

Monday Rewrite: The Movie Makers

There were three filmmakers who created a brilliant, dark, complex, funny, inspiring, moving, nuanced, difficult, lengthy, insightful film. Many people saw it and discussed it and there were as many …

Monday Rewrite: A New Normal

You know how it is when change happens, often unexpectedly. The floor shifts a little, and the world goes out of focus a bit. Suddenly the old seems so friendly …

Monday Rewrite: A Different Strength

You know how it is when you have everything mapped out, and you’ve made all your plans and your future’s right there like a tidy shed. Everything where you want …

Monday Rewrite: Emptiness

Sometimes all we have is our emptiness. Our struggles and humanity. The weak bits. Like a jigsaw with every other piece missing. Like a car with no wheels. A hero …

Monday Rewrite: Steps

He walks through the streets, the lanes, the highways and tracks of our towns and cities and country places, in the imprints and trails we have made,  sometimes noticed sometimes …

Monday Rewrite: Questions, Questions

He looks at them with kindness in his eyes, and strength in his gaze. They come at him so often, with their complaints, desires, hopes, frustration. Wanting him to be …

Monday Rewrite: Manifesto

Let there be respect, And true friendship, Welcome and questions, Vision, wisdom and understanding. Let there be laughter and kindness, Ears tuned to the cries of the poor, Eyes open …

Monday Rewrite: Potential

He stands in the sun. The day hits him hard and all he can do is blink repeatedly. He’s so used to the dark that looking at the light is …

Monday Rewrite: Celebrity Jesus

An executive is on the phone to Jesus. Hello,  is that Jesus of Nazareth? It is, great, well I’m contacting you now because I don’t think you are making the …

Monday Rewrite: The Homecoming

A reading/dialogue for two readers.1 represents Jesus, the other is a narrator. 1.     I’m back! 2.      It was 33 A.D. and heaven was the scene of the greatest welcome …

Monday Rewrite: The Living Messiah

A garden full of tombs. A soldier stands on guard outside one. Caiaphas, a high priest, walks up to him. Caiaphas: I wish to register a complaint. Soldier: Oh that’s …

Monday Rewrite: Inbetween days

He stands there in the quiet of the evening, listening to the water. It’s been a long day. He can barely believe all that’s happened. Looks back up the shore, …

Monday Rewrite: The Good Shepherd

You could say he’s with us, every day, everywhere, Whether or not we spot his humble presence there. With the wounded, the weighed down, the right and the wrong, The …

Monday Rewrite: The Gift

A restless young man was once given an unusual harmonica by a kindly old lady. The instrument was old, scratched and dented but the kindly old lady assured him that …

Monday Rewrite: The Long Way Home

She keeps stopping. Can’t help it. Not because she runs out of breath. She keeps seeing people who have no idea. Has to spill the beans. Leave them as wide-eyed …

Monday Rewrite: The Tune

An adaptation of a piece originally by singer/songwriter Larry Norman Once there was a tune and everyone knew how it went, but as time went by, people began to forget. …

Monday Prayer: Today

Lord, We come to you today with our frustrations, doubts, aspirations and hopes. Our heads perhaps full of what we wish we could do, but can’t. Some of us adjusting …

Monday Rewrite: Exile

The young prophet stirs, wakes, blinks as it hits him once more. This is not home. Not that safe space he is used to, ‘familiar’ is no more. Events have …

Monday Rewrite: Song 23

The Lord is my shepherd, my guide, my personal trainer, my therapist. My Twitter feed, my source of real news, my true friend. He has the resources to help me …

Monday Rewrite: Rejection Letter

Dear sir, Thank you for submitting your short story collection for possible publication. We very much enjoyed reading the collection but regret to inform you that it is not right …

Lent Rewrite: Limping

A reading for Lent. It could be done with one or several voices. I met a man the other day as I was wandering through a wilderness. He was limping. …

Monday Rewrite: Not This Story

There used to be an ancient tale about a woman throwing a party. But that is not this story. This story is about a king. Who’s throwing a party. Which …

Monday Rewrite: Snake and Apple Pie

Eve and Adam were never that shy About cooking their best apple pie. One day when hungry, A sweet smelling tree Just happened to catch their eye. They cooked pies …

Monday Rewrite: A Boardroom in Heaven

He enters, head high, shoulders back, face fixed in a concrete kind of stare. Eyes not moving yet somehow taking everything in. He walks as if he owns the place. …

Monday Rewrite: The Four Yorkshire Shepherds

By Dave Broughton (Four Yorkshire shepherds [1,2,3&4] are sitting together at the crucifixion of Jesus.) 1: Ahh… Very passable, this, very passable. 2: Nothing like a good crucifixion, ay Josiah? …

Monday Rewrite: Friends

A piece that’s not just about those first followers… Jesus is surrounded by those he has spent three years with, saying a heartfelt goodbye. ‘Matthew, do you remember that day …

Monday Rewrite: And Finally…

TV news presenter Nick, rounds off the evening show with a report from Luke. Nick: And finally tonight, an unusual story. There are reports of four local fishermen giving up …

Monday Rewrite: A Tough Cold Climb

Jesus stands staring into the distance. Peter approaches him. P. Are you all right there Jesus, you look… a bit pensive. J. What? P. You look… not yourself. You look …

Monday Rewrite: Seven Days

Imagine Joe at the end of that first week of the Nativity. Standing alone and looking out over Bethlehem. Joe: Boy! It’s been quite a week Lord. Seven days that felt like …

Monday Rewrite: Caspar The Friendly Wise Man

We all had the same dream. Perhaps that’s why we were so convinced. I looked at Melchior and he looked at me. Balthasar stirred, sat up and studied both of …

Monday Rewrite: The Big Show

You can find a downloadable version of this piece and the four previous Christmas pieces by clicking this line. The scene is the nativity. Mary and Joe sit quietly, Mary …

Monday Rewrite: Christmas Journey

A poem which could just be read, or the audience could be invited to join in on the following responses. Mary/Joe – half audience cheer for one, half the other; …

Monday Rewrite: Dunky the Donkey

Most people look at me and have no idea. Well, they wouldn’t would they? How could they? They just see a donkey that gives rides to children. And nothing wrong …

Monday Rewrite: Second Cousins

Two women talk in relatively hushed tones. They are both going to be mothers. One has a husband and a secure home. The other has worrying and unknown times ahead. …

Monday Rewrite: Family Time

Joseph has his 6 youngest children sitting down so he can explain to them about their brother Jesus. ‘Right, are you all here? One, two, three, four, five, six. Good. …