How To Do Drama #9 Who Needs a Producer?

Everyone knows what an actor does and what a writer does. But what is a producer? Importantly, do you need one?

God’s broken shape sorter

The church is supposed to accept everyone that God brings, in all their wonderful variety. It’s a beautiful idea, but somewhere along the line has our heavenly shape-sorter got a bit broken?

Help – Christmas is coming!

Like everyone else we at DramatisDei are forced to think about Christmas sooner than we want to. Also like everyone else we want to complain about it. Moan moan moan.

The minor skirmish of the church door

Your church is open and very very busy – but does the rest of the world know it is open? How does your church look from the street? This is the sad story of one man’s petulant battle with the church door.

When is Easter this year?

When is Easter this year? Or next year? Why does it move about apparently randomly? Oh, and what about Lent, Ascension, Pentecost…

Does your youth group have a legal name?

A Christian youth project in Sheffield has been threatened with legal action by an American Christian television station because its name is already registered by the station. Should a church have to check such names? Should big Christian organisations act this way?

How To Do Drama #1 Why Do Drama?

Most churches realise that drama is a good thing to have in a service – but why? Is a bit of acting just something else to break up the monotony of the service or is there something good about getting people together to tell a story together in a visual and engaging way?

Faith and science for beginners

If we are to understand the world we live in, we are going to need science to tell us how it works and faith to help us understand the meaning and purpose. The Test of Faith course goes beyond the increasingly entrenched opinions (think Dawkins and creationism) and helps people think intelligently about some of the most important issues of our time.

Twitter communion cancelled

When is communion not communion? When is the body of Christ too disembodied? Can a community be virtual? As its first Twitter Communion is called off the Methodist Church is struggling with some very modern theological questions.

How To Do Drama

Are you in a drama group? Or perhaps you are trying to form one or run one? How to do drama aims to help the young drama group and its terrified actors, hopeful director and baffled script writer survive in the exciting but frightening world of drama.

How To Do Drama #37 Rewriting the Bible

Churches have sensibilities. Jonah can negotiate with a fish, John can prefer garlic bread but Jesus can’t change his menu. How can Christian drama negotiate this?

How Would Jesus Vote?

There is always an election coming, and elections don’t just change governments, they change everything. So, traditional marriage values? War against Climate Change? An end to multiculturalism? How Would Jesus Vote?

But I haven’t found what I’m looking for!

Is life with God a search or a bus ride? Do you worship with people who know they are looking or who think they have got there? Which soundtrack have you selected for your soul?

Are Christians finally on board in the climate change war?

Is global climate change finally on the agenda of a Church that has always proclaimed that God calls us to be stewards of His creation?

Mind your language – the minefield of paraphrase

Over at BiteMyBible there is a discussion about the acceptability or otherwise of translating the Bible into dialect or colloquial language. Those preaching, leading worship or presenting dramas want to make the Bible accessible – but it is a balancing act with few right answers!

Darwin at 200 – time for the church to own up?

150 years ago, Charles Darwin suggested an explanation for the wealth of animal types on this planet. In doing so he caused a storm of controversy that has never gone away. But has the church damaged itself by choosing the wrong side of the argument?