In an evening that is both entertaining and eye-opening, Runyeon performs the famous parables in Luke’s travel narrative, and then pauses to reflect on how we hear each story–and miss what it is really saying.
In many ways, we are like Luke’s first audience–affluent Greeks raised on academics and theater. It’s hard for us to “have ears to hear” these stories.
So Runyeon does what Luke himself did. He starts with Jesus speaking in the synagogue at Nazareth, and takes us on a journey to Jerusalem, so we can hear these famous stories in order, and begin to hear what Jesus was really saying.
As Jesus said in the synagogue, “This Scripture is fulfilled, as your ears hear it.” But how do we hear Scripture? All too often, as stories about other people, back then–or as fables in a storybook, rather than as stories told in the tradition of the prophet Nathan, stories about our lives here and now.
Sharing stories from his own life and his friends’ lives that are both funny and deeply touching, Runyeon helps us to see what we have been missing. And he encourages us to respond to these parables by entering the story God is telling right now, and coming to know the joy that Luke wrote about in his Gospel: the joy of becoming a story He is telling, out there, on the road.
For youth audiences, LUKE may also be combined with an abbreviated version of HOLLYWOOD vs. FAITH
In America, Runyeon says, we live in a tug of war between the stories we hear in church, and the stories we hear “out there” from the media–especially when we are young. He encourages his audience to hear what both storytellers are saying more clearly, so we can choose a way of life that leads to real joy.
"Superb...visually powerful... a talented actor living out his faith, ...his best performance of all."Matt Zeni, Nativity of Our Lord Church, Pensacola, FL
"I've waited forty years for the Scriptures to speak to me the way they did tonight... Amazing!... Thank you!"Larry, 58, Audience Member, Medina, OH