Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

I was blessed to be interviewed by Alan Shires on his podcast:


Listen on most podcasting platforms. Links at https://linktr.ee/faithandfamous.


Here are the two plays I mention in the interview...

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.


The Powerful Backstory of Praying Coach Kennedy

I interviewed The Kendrick Brothers to get their reaction to the Supreme Court decision which allows Coach Kennedy to continue to pray at the 50-yard line after the football games he coaches. Here's the article on www.HeadlinePrayer.org: "The Powerful Backstory of Praying Coach Kennedy."

It was also picked up by Breaking Christian News.

Here's part one of the interview:


Stay tuned for more.

Here's another athlete who stood by his convictions! See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Jonathan Park: The One True God

I played two roles in Jonathan Park Series 18, The One True God:

Jacob Ben Dod on Disk 2, Track 2, starting at 5:15
and
Bapary Babu on Disk 4, Track 2, starting at 12:00


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Pushing Back the Darkness

Joyce and I are typically on Pray with Others Live the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, but today I got to fill in for one of my colleagues. Among others, I covered an article I wrote about a new podcast detailing the investigation and trial of the serial baby killer Kermit Gosnell: "Curses from Child Sacrifice Are Broken."

Click the image to play the program:


To get reminders (and alerts) when Joyce and/I are going to be on the program, sign up at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.


In my article I mention this excerpt from my performance of my sketch "Sheepish" from my one-man play Big Fish Little Worm.

Fighting the Global Agenda

Today on Pray with Others Live my bride Joyce and I led Intercessors for America in praying over six articles on www.HeadlinePrayer.org. Joyce wrote one titled “Our Role in Justice” about an experience she had when called to jury duty, and mine is based on an interview with Anna Strasburg who ran and cycled about 3,000 miles over 15 months to raise awareness of the full humanity of the pre-born child: "Coast-to-Coast Witness for Life." 

Click the arrow below to watch the program.


Joyce and I are on Pray with Others Live every second and fifth Tuesdays. Sign up for announcements at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.

I mentioned on the show that yesterday was the 98th anniversary of Eric Liddell breaking the world record in the 400m. See the rest of his Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

98th Anniversary of Eric Liddell Breaking the World Record

I was so blessed to celebrate the 98th anniversary of Eric Liddell breaking the world record in 400m at the Paris Olympics with my friend and fellow Liddell fan, Timothy J Mercaldo! 

Click the image to play our Facebook Live tribute...


Here are the links we mentioned: 

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

When the Intercessor Acts

I'm catching up on a couple of Joyce's offerings, and they happen to make a nice pair. The first is an article she wrote for Intercessors for America's publication The Connector. It's titled, "When the Intercessor Acts," and it was written before Roe v. Wade was abolished. 

The second is her message at Westchester Chapel the Sunday after our intercession was answered and Roe fell. She titled it "Stay Aware with Prayer," and she opens by rejoicing over this great answer to our prayers. 

She exhorts listeners to stay aware from 1 Peter 5: 8-11 in the continuation of our series "What Happens When a Created People Walk Away From Their Creator?"

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

 

The service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.
I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.


A Greek Perspective on the Church of Thessalonica

For our Wednesday night study of 1 Thessalonians, I shared an interview I did with Rev. Panagiotis Kantartzis, who pastors the First Evangelical Church of Athens, Greece, and is the author of A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology: An Evangelical Perspective. He grew up an hour from Thessaloniki, which is where Paul wrote his letters to the Thessalonians. Pastor Kantartzis shares insights from his own experience and studies.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:



Here's more of what Pastor Giotis had to say about Eastern Orthodoxy:


If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Behold the Behemoth

On our tour of The Hiding Place musical we had two performances in Louisiana. We got up close and personal with a gator, which inspired this Treasure Seekers episode...


Check out more episodes at www.RichDrama.com/TreasureSeekers.


If you're in Texas, check out our touring schedule at www.RichDrama.com/TheHidingPlace.

Sports Illustrated Smears Coach Kennedy

Joyce wrote a prologue to an article about one Sports Illustrated printed demeaning Coach Kennedy whose case is before the Supreme Court: “Sports Illustrated Smears Coach Kennedy.” 

Joyce’s boss, Linda Warren, led her to the Lord at SI. You can hear Joyce tell that story at www.WestchesterChapel.org/JoyceSwingle.

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

The Hiding Place

I'm so blessed to be a part of the cast of a musical based on The Hiding Place, the book about Corrie ten Boom and her family's efforts to protect Jewish people during the Nazi occupation of Holland. 

This morning an article I wrote about it was on www.HeadlinePrayer.org: "A Christian Response to Tyranny."

Here are the interviews I did with three of the actors, including Stephen Burke, who started writing it when he was 15: 


On Pray with Others Live I covered my article, and Joyce covered her latest article, "An Intercessor Looks at Injustice":




Here's a trailer for the show:



TOUR DATES 2022:

June 12 Grace Baptist Church, Pace, FL, 6 PM
June 15 Calvary Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach, FL 7 PM
June 16 First Baptist Church, Slidell, LA 7 PM
June 17 Gonzales Baptist Temple, Gonzales, LA 7 PM
June 19 First Baptist Church, Clute, TX 5 PM
June 22 New Life Baptist Church, Converse, TX 7 PM
June 23 Capitol City Baptist Church, Austin, TX 6:30 PM
June 24 Calvary Baptist Church, New Braunfels, TX 7 PM
June 26 Lighthouse Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX 5 PM


Free admission. 


Shining Light Players are currently booking performances for June 2023.


To sponsor a performance please contact:

info@shininglightplayers.com


To get updates for when Joyce and I will be on Pray with Others Live, sign up at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

An Intercessor Looks at Injustice

Here's Joyce's latest article on www.HeadlinePrayer.org: "An Intercessor Looks at Injustice." 

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Queen Esther

Intercessors for America posted my article about Queen Esther while it was playing live at Sight & Sound’s theatre in Lancaster, PA, but they reposted it to www.HeadlinePrayer.org because it's now available at Sight & Sound TV

Here's a direct link to the article: For Such a Time as This: Sight & Sound Queen Esther.


Pentecost Sunday is June 5 this year. Consider enhancing your corporate and/or personal worship experience with “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Acts: www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Praying for Uvalde and Beyond

Joyce and I were on Pray with Others Live today, along with Intercessors for America's President and CEO, Dave Kubal, who interviewed David Holt, an intercessor from Uvalde, TX. Holt provided on-site insights and prayer direction to cover his hometown as it reels from last week's school shooting. 

Joyce and I covered other articles from www.HeadlinePrayer.org including my article, "Lies of the Left." 

Here's today's program: 


And here's my full interview with Peter Puhek, a science analyst for the U.S. Air Force:
 


Pentecost Sunday is June 5 this year. Consider enhancing your corporate and/or personal worship experience with “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Acts: www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


The Ann and Phelim Scoop covers "A Triumph for Life in the NYC Theatre World!"

On May 14 my article "A Triumph for Life in the NYC Theatre World!" ran on www.HeadlinePrayer.org along with an interview with Phelim McAleer, producer of the play based on the trial of Kermit Gosnell. Phelim included excerpts from our interview in his most recent webisode of The Ann and Phelim Scoop...


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

A Triumph for Life in the NYC Theatre World!

Tonight and tomorrow are the last New York City performances of Oh Gosnell: A Show About the Truth. Joyce and I saw it last night, and it was incredibly powerful. I wrote about it for www.HeadlinePrayer.org: "A Triumph for Life in the NYC Theatre World!" It covers the trial of Kermit Gosnell, who regularly induced labor and snipped the spinal columns of the babies at his abortion clinic. Every word in the play is taken from court transcripts and the grand jury report. 

Here's my interview with the show's creator, Phelim McAleer:


After seeing the show we interviewed David Atkinson, the director, and captured some of my reactions:


If you only have three minutes, here are clips from both interviews and some of my reactions to the play:


 

I play a man who helps a woman to heal emotionally after she aborts her baby in the free short film "Mine."




The Matter of Life

Tracy Robinson was on Pray with Others Live today talking about her film, The Matter of Life. We’re reposting my article about Robinson’s film because exactly two weeks after the draft majority opinion of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico, the film will be in theaters, helping people make sense of what abortion is. During Robinson’s November 30, 2021, appearance, on the eve of the Supreme Court opening statements for the Dobbs case, on Pray with Others Live Judy McDonough said, “We have a great God who’s going to time it perfectly.” He certainly did!

 
To get email alerts when Joyce and I are on Pray with Others Live, sign up at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Shooting the Breeze with the Flyboys

Today's my Dad's birthday, so I posted an article about him I recently came across:

Shooting the breeze with the flyboys

Dad in front of a TBM. He flew
one over forest fires when he
was in his 20s.
 
Dad's adventures as a pilot most certainly inspired me to live adventurously for the Lord!

I just realized I'd never made an album from our trip to Oshkosh in 29019, so I pulled that together, too: Oshkosh 2019.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Be a Happy Host, not a Grouch!

Joyce continues Westchester Chapel's series on "What Happens When a Created People Walk Away From their Creator?" with a message on hospitality from 1 Peter 4:9.  She mentions Luke 9:26, Matthew 24: 4-14, Exodus 24: 1-11, Psalm 23, Hebrews 13: 1-3 and Matthew 10:40-42.  I got to share a funny story, and she includes an excerpt from The Adventum 4.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

 

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

National Day of Prayer Recording: Pray Over Broadway Live

This morning, on the National Day of Prayer, several of us gathered to pray over 11 Broadway theatres either on foot or over video conference. Join us in praying to our God who stands outside of time:

Here are the theatres we covered...

Next stop: Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street

8:36 AM

 

Next stop: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 W. 47th St.

8:39 AM

 

Next stop: Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 W. 47th St.

8:42 AM

 

Next stop: Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W. 46th St.

8:45 AM

 

Next stop: Imperial Theatre W. 46th

8:50 AM

 

Next stop: Marquis Theatre 1535 Broadway

8:51 AM

 

Next stop: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 W. 46th St.

8:54 AM

 

Next stop: Palace Theatre. 1564 Broadway

8:56 AM

 

Next stop: Cort Theatre. 138 W. 48th St.

9:03 AM

 

Next stop: Longacre Theatre 220 W. 48th St.

9:06 AM

 

Last stop: Walter Kerr 219 W. 48th St.

9:26 AM

I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War. It's had two Off-Broadway runs.


Praying Over Broadway on the National Day of Prayer

I was looking for a National Day of Prayer event in Manhattan, and after being shocked that there wasn't one, it dawned on me that I'd already scheduled our weekly prayer over Broadway theatres on the National Day of Prayer, so I registered it as one of their official events! 

Here are the details:
We'll meet on the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and West 47th Street in Manhattan on May 5 at 8:30 a.m. There we'll pray over Manhattan and the Entertainment Mountain of Influence, and then set forth to pray over some specific Broadway theatres. Look for the bowed heads. We could move out as early as 8:35, but we'll post the next theatre and its address in the comments below before moving to the next theatre.
We'll also make it a virtual event, so you can join us from anywhere in the world:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82156463512?pwd=OUQ2TENlQXpjdENXTGs4SDkrQzg5dz09

Meeting ID: 821 5646 3512
Passcode: 941395
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,82156463512#,,,,*941395# US (New York)
or call 929.205.6099 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode above.
Hope to see you soon!


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

The Sound of Violet

Here's the interview I did with Allen Wolf, writer and director of The Sound of Violet:


It's for my article about the film: "Powerful Film Tackles Human Trafficking."

Here are my initial thoughts the night I saw it...


In theatres now: www.TheSoundOfViolet.com.

Here's the trailer:


 
I play a lead in Providence, which is no longer showing at the AMC Empire, but you can bring it to your area.

C.S. Lewis and Eric Bentley

One of my profs in grad school, Eric Bentley, was a student of C.S. Lewis at Oxford. Lewis met with him an hour every week, which was the system at the time. Bentley would write a paper and Lewis would go over it with him. One day the paper was particularly red, and between Lewis' criticisms my future prof burst in, "Didn't you like anything?"

Lewis pointed to a particular passage.

Bentley said, "Oh, that was just me going on."

"Well, you need to go on a bit more," said Lewis. 

It unlocked something in Bentley that catapulted him into a career as a playwright, critic, translator for Bertolt Brecht and Pirandello, and writer on theatre.

He told that story to students of mine when we visited his home to perform excerpts from Freud's Last Session, about an imagined visit between Sigmund and Clive Staples.

When I was Bentley's student I walked him to the bus (NYC) one night, and asked him if Lewis ever shared his faith in class.

"Oh, yes, he was always trying to proselytize us."

"Did any of it connect with you?" I probed. 

He said his mother sent him to Oxford to train for ministry, but his professors taught him to be an atheist, and not even C.S. Lewis could break through.

At the end of the evening with my students he allowed us to pray for him. When I said, "Amen," he was beaming.

He told us that George Bernard Shaw, another atheist, was asked by a nun if she could pray for him. He said that 100 years ago if someone would have told us about radio waves we would have thought them insane, so if there's Someone out there he can't perceive who wants to bless him, why would he decline?

Bentley died August 5, 2020. He was nearly 104 years old. The Lord gave him lots of time to turn back to Himself. I surely hope he did. 

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The Love of the Cross

A blessed Good Friday to you and yours. 

At Westchester Chapel, Eva P.  leads the congregation into contemplation of the horror of sin and the Love of the Cross.  I do a dramatic reading from Mark 15: 1-39 and Rev. 22:12-19.  Eva refers to this artwork by her sister Noemi Cordero.  

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

 

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.

Pray with Others Live: Fighting Government Goliaths

Joyce and I led in prayer on six articles on today's program, including the article I wrote, "NPR’s Unintentional Puff Piece on Architect of the Heartbeat Bill." 

Here's my interview with Janet Folger Porter, which includes a fun story of how she got the idea for the Heartbeat Bill:


Here's today's program:


Get updates for future Intercessors for America programs at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

Welcome the King of Glory!

It was a busy Holy Week for us, so I'm a bit late on this but wanted to post it as a way of keeping our minds on Who the Lord is.
     
Joyce encourages all to welcome the King of Glory in this Palm Sunday message from Psalm 24 at Westchester Chapel. Elizabeth S., Eva P. and Pastor Randy Solomon share testimonies within the context of the message.

Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the service:

 

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.


I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.