The Tempest! We start our BBQ Book Club series this Thursday with Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest. It’s a play about shipwrecks and heartaches, grudges and forgiveness, magic and science. Also, there’s a friendly sprite called Ariel, but it doesn’t sing about forks. That’s for mermaids only! The grill gets going about 6:30, and we’ll start eating around 7. Is there a religious angle to The Tempest? We’ll find out!
John Calvin once called creation “the theater of God’s glory.” The Reformation and Renaissance folks had some feelings about the theater. You might remember the scene in Shakespeare in Love, when the parson preaches and preaches against the theater, but ends up spellbound like all the rest of the audience at Romeo and Juliet dying together on stage. Calvin thought the best theater was the theater of reality, the best drama the drama of redemption that God has written, the best performance our own faithfulness to the God who called us from death to life.
This week, can you think of your life as a part in God’s play? Not like Jaques in As You Like It, who grumbles that we are players who end up with nothing, not like Calvin, who thinks we are all integral members in the great story of God. What would that mean for you, for your life?