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A lust for lust

By Tom Quiner “If there was ever a man who could be said to have adored sex, it was Augustine.” This quote comes to us from the always quotable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Sex is all the rage these days. It’s in the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just revealed that sexually transmitted disease has…

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Judas Iscariot and the Year of Mercy

By Karen Zainal I can’t help but be filled with compassion for Judas Iscariot in his moment of despair. After betraying Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, he attempted to return the blood money in exchange for his Master, but the chief priests and elders were unmoved. Scripture tells us that Judas then flung the money…

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“See you next time”

By Tom Quiner Art can draw us deeper into the mystery of faith. For example, a well-written hymn amplifies our prayer when we sing its words. A musical, like THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical, draws us deeper into the drama of the biblical events that shaped the Church to come. I experienced…

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Seeking God’s beauty

By Tom Quiner Few things are as exciting as seeing a new production take shape. THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical, has moved to the next phase: blocking. Renée Schwarz has whipped the cast into shape vocally. Now she’s turning over the reins to Gina Gedler to bring the drama alive through blocking…

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“Let theater become church”

By Tom Quiner Our culture’s entertainment seldom has anything to do with our faith life. For the record, I’m not exactly a purist when it comes to consuming pop culture. I just finished binging on “House of Cards,” which features an amoral President (Kevin Spacey) and First Lady (Robin Wright) who literally get away with…

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Watch our new video

By Tom Quiner Rehearsals are going great for THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical. My team just created this video which allows me to talk directly to you about this exciting production: I hope you enjoy. Spread the word if you like the mission of this project.

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The Prodigal Daughter

By Tom Quiner Out of 57 parables Jesus told, the ‘Prodigal Son’ tops the list. That was the reading at church last week. No matter how many times I hear it, it never grows old. In fact, there always seems something new in it. I thought about the Prodigal Son in the context of THE…

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The cast is set!

By Tom Quiner What a great cast! I am very excited about the potential for THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical with a cast like this: PETER: Jim Harken JESUS: Craig Ferguson MARY: Amy Thornhill-Leonard MARY MAGDALENE: Megan Hartwig STEPHEN: Eric Sharp SANHEDRIN: Jason Kruse ENSEMBLE: Danielle Alphson Mike Arkwright Judy Blessington Barry…

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Great auditions!

By Tom Quiner Writing the music is the easy part. I wrote THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical in about three months. I was truly on fire. I ran into few roadblocks. It practically wrote itself, which suggests that the Holy Spirit was an active participant in the project. I try to write…

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