"No Conviction" In One Act

Peter Rollins’ latest book, “The Orthodox Heretic” arrived on my doorstep just last week and I have to say, it’s a brilliant and practical piece. While his previous books have been sophisticated works giving language and nuance to the Emergent movement and theology, this book is a collection of parables, which make deep and profound matters accessible for conversation and meditation. As Jesus himself often spoke in parables, there are multiple levels at which truth is acting and it really is a magnificent way to “tell it slant”. Definitely worth the buy. I plan on using it often and have already dog-eared a dozen or so parables for future use.

Back in December, I asked Peter if I could modify one of his parables into a skit and he graciously agreed. In the process of re-writing the parable into a more dramatic form, it became clear that certain changes needed to be made in order to capture the tension of a courtroom setting. So I sought legal counsel in the writing process and my good friend from Hispanic Nashville, John Lamb, lent a great hand in the writing/editing process (Thanks John!)

We were able to actually “perform” the skit in two places. A half-baked version was used in the a Chinese-American youth retreat setting, which went over well, but was before John put his professional touch to it. In January, we tried at Open Table Community Church in a Sunday morning worship service and although I didn’t get much feedback directly, it seemed to go over even better, although I have to confess, it didn’t add a great synergy to the sermon following it.

In any case, here it is in PDF format: No Conviction. I highly recommend you reading the original from the book as you’ll see that it begins a wonderful trajectory of parables in Rollins’ work. As for this, feel free to try it out – just let us know how it works out for you.

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  1. jadanzzy says:

    thanks david for this. this is one of my favorite parables in the book simply because it’s one of the most difficult for me to deal with.

    i asked once, into the internet ether, if bonhoeffer’s religionless christianity could ever exist. one person responded to me that he thinks it already has but the church doesn’t get it. i feel like that could be right. asian-americans are complicit in idolizing church (the local church) as the only place of christian truths. but parables like this could be saying otherwise.

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