Trapping Terry the Tarantula

While Joyce and I were teaching and performing in Africa last fall, we had a roommate we named Larry the Lizard. One night we noticed he'd moved out, and then we found out why...



Find more about our adventures in Africa at www.RichDrama.com/Africa.


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...once the pandemic has cleared.

Prayers for Redemption and Rest

Joyce and I have occasionally had restless nights during this pandemic, and we know others are having the same issue. A former student of mine sent me a link to some recorded prayers over music, and I was moved... and inspired! We have friends who are musicians!

So we recorded these prayers and put them over a bed of music created by our friend Paula Kasica and her musical colleague, David Hadden. The piece is entitled, "Rest." We hope it blesses you at eventide. I asked Joyce if I should mention that it put me to sleep twice while we were editing it, but she said I should share full disclosure: Falling asleep is one of my spiritual gifts! Well, hopefully I've imparted something of that gift through these prayers:

Hit the arrow to play, or if you're getting this in an email you can hear them and future prayers we're hoping to post at www.RichDrama.com/Prayers.



Paula and David's album, "Breath of God," is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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.

Jesus Heals the Leper

Praying this scene from The Chosen over those infected with the coronavirus!



We studied this passage in our men’s group last night by conference call. In this scene we see the first century protective face mask, and Pastor Randy pointed out that people probably needed to stay six feet away from lepers and wash their hands for 20 seconds after being exposed to them, but Jesus touched them. They didn’t infect Him. He made them clean. Praying the Lord will touch people through us during this unique time for everyone.

Then we discussed Jesus healing the paralytic, and The Chosen has a scene on that story, too:



We focused on how the pharisees were upset because Jesus wasn't playing by their rules, but Jesus came to bring Life. As Paul wrote to the Romans, "For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." If you've been trying to live a good life but don't find that you have the power to do that, you can know the only Power who can enable you to do that. Our men's group talked about how we've all seen that in action as we've walked with the Lord!

If you haven’t seen The Chosen they’re going to live stream all eight episodes of Season One starting Sunday at 9PM Eastern: https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen/live

#BingeJesus

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.

Seeking a Songwriter

Our latest Treasure Seekers episode is based on Matthew 7:21-23 and was filmed in Nashville and Africa.

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



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


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 Confession of St. Patrick

My friend and mentor Roger Nelson went home to the Lord last year, but his ministry continues. Here's a performance of his one-man play, The Confession of St. Patrick. Click the arrow below, or if you're receiving this in an email you can view it at www.RichDrama.com/SaintPatrick.



During his 35 years of ministry, Roger Nelson performed the one-man plays on John Wesley (A Man from Aldersgate) and St. Patrick (The Confession of St. Patrick) in over 1,800 performances in over 32 countries and all 50 states. For more about Roger's work, visit www.A1ManPlay.com. This performance of The Confession of St. Patrick is posted with the blessing of The Friends of John Wesley, the organization that oversaw Roger's work until he died in 2019, and with the blessing of Roger's sister, Joan.

Roger's friend, BJ Johnston, is performing Roger's other play, The Man From Aldersgate. You can find out more information and book a live performance at www.JohnWesleyPlay.com.


Roger and I rented an Off-Broadway theatre, Theatre 315, and rotated my play about Eric Liddell and his play about John Wesley. See the rest of the Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

Jean Racine’s Esther

I’m thrilled to be cast as Mordecai in a production of Jean Racine’s Esther!

I felt like the Lord was calling me to produce and direct this play years ago, but it didn’t work out. To be performing in a production of this play in the very theatre where I was going to produce it is very special indeed! It’s confirmation that the Lord really wants this story told! I didn’t mentioned it to the director of this production, Christopher Monroe, until after he was doing a production of it a couple of years ago! The Lord put it on his heart separately. Christopher asked me to play Mordecai in that production, but the performance dates were during the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp, so I had to sadly pass. I’m so thrilled they’re doing the play again and that I can be a part of it!

I believe the Lord wants it told for such a time as this, with anti-Semitism on the rise again and Christians now in the largest persecuted people group.

Jean Racine was the Shakespeare of France, and this 1876 translation by Caroline Andrews maintains Racine’s rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter. It’s out of print, but Christopher tracked a copy down at Yale’s library.

I’ll post more later about how to get tickets, but for now I just want to urge you to save the dates. My performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays, May 14 through 30 at 7pm.

Performances will be at Theatre 315, 315 W 47th St, between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan.

I’ll post more details here (www.RichDrama.com/Esther) as they arise, and I’ll send out a notice through www.RichDrama.com/UpdatesNYC.


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 very special BTS story from The Chosen

We love The Chosen, a series about the life of Jesus and his disciples! Here’s a behind-the-scenes video that really blessed us...

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

Jackals and Fruit, Part 2

In this episode of Treasure Seekers, Trevor the Trevor Seeker continues to explore fruit in Africa, and interviews the granddaughter of the woman who helped raise Rich Swingle's mom.

If you haven't seen Part 1, you can click here to see it first.

Click the arrow below, or if you're receiving this via email, visit www.WestchesterChapel.Blogspot.com to play the episode:



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

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

Take Salvation While Taking the Land

Joyce and I used readers theatre to bring the story of Rahab and the Israelite spies from Joshua 2 to life in the continuation of Westchester Chapel's "Taking the Land" series.  In an adapted readers' theatre form, the Swingles share how Salvation for all who desire it is at the core of the story of Rahab and the spies sent by Joshua to Jericho. My observations about the archeological discoveries at Jericho came mostly from the documentary, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.

Pastor Randy Solomon leads in a Communion service.

Joyce and I both share about our experience at the March for Life. Click here for the album of photos we took that day.

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 more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


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

Jackals and Fruit, Part 1

In this episode of Treasure Seekers, Trevor explores the fruit of Africa. We introduce Pethahiah the Shepherdess (played by Joyce), who warns about jackals in wolves' clothing.

Click the arrow below, or if you're receiving this via email, visit www.Blog.RichDrama.com to play the episode.




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.

Taking the Land by Taking Command

Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Weekend, Belated Religious Freedom Day (on which it was proclaimed that prayer is allowed in public schools), Happy Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Happy Sanctity of Human Life Sunday! I got to open our service at Westchester Chapel praising and praying for these wonderful celebrations of liberty and hope! Joyce opened her message talking about how challenging it was to pack for Africa.

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



During worship we sang "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus." Click the arrow below, or if you're reading this in an email you can click this link, to play the story behind that hymn:



 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 more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


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 Whistlin' Kid: A Delantare Story

I did the voice of Benson in this teaser for Delantare released today...




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.