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Monday Rewrite

Monday Rewrite

Familiar Bible passages, seen with new creative eyes

Monday Rewrite: Samaritan Help

As the priest and the Levite were slipping away into the distance, kicking up dust with their hurrying, a Samaritan came that way. He was a soldier, on his way …

Monday Rewrite: Cows

A little parable of sorts. Two friends are about to part company for the day. – Okay, I’ll see you on Sunday then… oh hang on, no. I’m taking my …

Monday Rewrite: The Good Shepherd

‘Imagine this,’ Jesus says, ‘a thief cuts though a fence and sneaks into a field at night, so he can steal the sheep and harm them. You know what that …

Monday Rewrite: The Living Dead

A hand shot up through the damp earth. It stuck there, like a strange looking five fingered plant. Then another hand. Then an arm. And a second one. A body …

Monday Rewrite: The Trial

Pontius Pilate rolls his eyes and flaps a hand at the assembled priests. He turns and goes back inside, ordering a drink and Jesus to be brought to him. ‘You …

Monday Rewrite: The Light

The Light got all decked out in flesh and brought us a kind of map, in his own being, in the blood pumping in his veins and in the wonder …

Monday Rewrite: A Wedding at Cana

An easy-to-perform sketch about Jesus at the Wedding in Cana, as in John chapter 2. If you would like a printable copy of this please message me via this website. …

Monday Rewrite: 12

The friendly old rabbi looks at him with a twinkle in his bushy-browed eye. ‘Your mum and dad will be well worried. You know that. Two days it’s been now.’ …

Monday Rewrite: The 99

There was a man who once lost a sheep. Back then he did the daft and reckless thing of leaving the other 99 so he could do anything and everything …

Monday Rewrite: Going Overboard

And lo, one day some parents did bring their little children to Jesus so he could bless them, but the disciples did chide them and tell them not to bother …

Monday Rewrite: How?

How did you manage to eat anything that night? We so easily call it The Last Supper, a celebration. And yet you knew. All night you knew. What was coming. …

Monday Rewrite: A Big Small Step

He thought it would be like standing on a cliff edge, looking down, his knees knocking out a frantic drumbeat and his face white with chalky horror at the thought …

Monday Rewrite: Flesh

Two men were sitting have a drink at a bar. One looked over at the other, moved his seat closer and said, ‘Don’t tell anyone but I’m actually God in …

Monday Rewrite: Waking Up

And so he came to himself. Having run out of options, leaked all his energy, exhausted his plan Bs. He came to himself. Saw his fears and his foibles and …

Monday Rewrite: Found

The lamb looks up, confused, scratched and grubby. Understanding so little of what is going on here. One minute rushing headlong into a bright new future, the next lost, ditch-bound, …

Monday Rewrite: Creator Inc.

Ultimate entrepreneurs Creator Inc. have announced their new radical plan for the future. They say that, in accordance with ancient guidelines and timeless truths, they will be setting in progress …

Monday Rewrite: Doubtful Worship

The disciples stand and stare at the empty space. The space once filled by the one who has lived more than they have ever lived. The one who has felt …

Monday Rewrite: The Boss

The Boss eyes Stone carefully, narrows his piercing eyes and cocks his head to one side. He can almost hear the cogs grinding. What will it be? A death sentence? …

Monday Rewrite: Temptation

Based on Luke’s version of this encounter, in Luke 4. Jesus (J) walks on and kneels down, resting back on his legs, centre stage. He is wearing dirty ragged clothes. …

Monday Rewrite: Discipled

We all get discipled. By experience, habits, peer pressure, hurts, triumphs , disasters, failures, advice, warnings, authority figures, the media, misunderstanding, gossip, rumours, fears, regrets, aspirations, goals, culture, ambition… The …

Monday Rewrite: Confused

Peter’s confused. He scratches his head. The others don’t believe a word of it. How could it be true? And what’s the value of a woman’s tale anyway to them? …

Monday Rewrite: Healing the Enemy

I’ve not been the same, not since that night. I came with the enemy, intent on crushing the life out of him. Desperate to settle this thing once and for …

Monday Rewrite: A Whole New Language

It’s breaking her heart to see him like this. This isn’t right. Not at all. Not at all. Not at all… Somewhere above a vulture circles in a threatening sky, …

Rewrite: Hall of Mirrors

The hall of mirrors was just that, a hall lined with mirrors of all shapes and sizes. And in each one they saw themselves standing in a different world. Their …

Monday Rewrite: Two Brides

There were two sisters, living in a small village somewhere on earth. One summer a couple of travellers turned up and they both fell in love with the sisters. A …

Monday Rewrite: Jacob’s Ladder

It’s been up against the wrong wall all this time. He’s climbed it faithfully, sweated, worked, dreamt, plotted, schemed… only to find that his endeavours have led him up a …

Monday Rewrite: The Roofers

Are you in dire need? Is your life falling apart? Have you been affected by things out of your control? By folks climbing on your roof? Has your front room …

Monday Rewrite: The Pay Off

I pitched up for work as usual the other day, joined the lines of folks in the square, waiting, hoping for someone to hire me for the day. When I …

Monday Rewrite: Don’t Try This at Home

The boy steps up. Confident. Unafraid. Everyone else might be cowering in their boots, their knees knocking out a tight rhythm as they shiver, but not him. He may be …

Monday Rewrite: Inextinguishable

We left this planet. All of us. And I’m not talking about daydreams, or hallucinations, or alien intervention. And it’s not a euphemism. I mean they wiped us out. All …

Monday Rewrite: Fault Line

Perhaps it was the tree’s fault, looking so bright and splendid and accessible. Perhaps it was the hyena’s fault, howling so early and waking them up. Or the birdsong that …

Monday Rewrite: Not a Pretty Thing

John wanders up to Jesus. John: Oh by the way Jesus, nothing too important, just a bit of news, a small story really, hardly worth mentioning… Jesus: Yes? John: Just …

Monday Prayer: Hearts

Heal our hearts, please, we pray, After all that life has thrown at us. The harmful graffiti scribbled on our being, The despair daubed across our minds, The clutter weighing …

Monday Rewrite: The Plea

‘Hi, can I… can I come in? Am I allowed? Only this is make or break… I just wanted to see you to ask if… well… do you realise who …

Monday rewrite: Another World

There was another world, there had always been another world, another dimension; and he took them by the hand and led them into it, through the diminishing walls of this …

Monday Rewrite: Lost

Jesus surveys the crowd, taking in every face, every precious life; the experiences, the fears, the doubts, the hidden things, the beauty, the worries, the hopes and aspirations. He’s been …

Monday Rewrite: Christmas Cousins

Mary feels like a prodigal, upping sticks like this so suddenly, running away. But at the moment no one can tell. She’s not showing. So it’s easy to slip off. …

Monday Rewrite: The Blank Page Times

Sometimes it can feel as if we live in those blank page times. That flimsy, empty sheet between two Testaments, Old and the New. So slim, so slight, so long. …

Monday Rewrite: Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s Door

The curmudgeonly judge wakes and snarls to himself. Another day. Another day of putting up with claimants and lawyers and insignificant, unpleasant people whining and grumbling about things they don’t …

Monday Rewrite: Holy Haggling

It feels as if things are hotting up. He needs a break, and so heads for Tyre. Away from Israel for a while, out of the limelight. He keep his …

Monday Rewrite: Wake Up Call

The man is ragged, doesn’t smell great. His clothes are strange and his face carries a mean glow. Sweat is everywhere. You wouldn’t want to meet him in a back …

Monday Rewrite: When Matt Met Jimmy

James – I see he’s put his charges up again. John – Who? James – That taxman, the guy in the tool booth. Greedy loser. Come the revolution he’ll be …

Monday Rewrite: Half As Good

If only she could find someone else, someone half as good. A man with half the compassion, half the humour, half the empathy and strength. Half the ability to fix …

Monday Rewrite: Samson’s Mum and Dad

He feels left out, side lined by the sudden change in events. As she stands here now the words catch in his throat. How come this angel has now appeared …

Monday Rewrite: I Have a Dream

I have a dream… that one day the heavens will open, and a staggering scene will appear. The Ancient of Days will make his entrance, alive with light and every …

Monday Rewrite: Hannah’s Prayer

Based on 1 Samuel 2:1-10 – a revisiting of Hannah’s prayer. Hannah, her heart full of hope and laughter, smiles as she gazes on the face of her new born …

Monday Rewrite: The Lost Boy

He sits in the dirt, his head in his hands. The night closes in around him like a darkening storm, he glances up at the lights from the house, can …

Monday Rewrite: Tears

He’ll go down in history for it. Doesn’t know it yet, as he cowers there like a wounded animal, his face drenched with phlegm and saltwater, his fists balled into …

Monday Rewrite: Wonderful

She’s annoyed. Well of course she is. Can’t understand why he couldn’t see her point of view. Her sister always does this, off in a dreamland, being her usual airhead …