Michael Merker’s personal experience with a touring production of the popular musical Godspell, a dramatization of God’s Word, led him to experiment with the adaptation of Bible literature into performance material. Through directing and performing these works, he not only grew in his own understanding of the Word but shared the gospel with his audiences and fellow performers.
With the desire to spark a movement of committed practitioners who aim to reach the entire world for Jesus Christ, Michael has created a practical guide for others who share his love for theater and discipleship. Depth by Drama is for missionaries, group leaders, pastors, and anyone who wants to create and present Bible-based shows for the evangelism of the lost and the discipleship of performers and others involved in the productions.
With the help of this thorough guidebook, readers can discover the great blessings gained from rehearsing and performing the Word of God and biblical literature, both for the actor and the audience.
Whether it’s for your personal Bible study, an exercise for a group, or a full-scale performance for an audience, this book—along with the Bible—will be all you need to learn how to put together a production based on Scripture. Now, break-a-leg for Jesus!
About the author
Michael Merker has both a bachelor’s and a master’s of fine arts (BFA/MFA) in acting and directing, from the Goodman School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago (now the Theatre School at DePaul University). After working for years as a professional actor, director, stage manager, and musician, he went on to write, direct, and perform Bible-based plays in church and parachurch settings. He enjoys playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums on worship teams. He’s been married over forty-four years to his wife, Linda. Together they homeschooled their six children, and they now have ten grandchildren. He currently resides in the Puget Sound area.
“A unique and timely reading that encourages creativity in understanding, interpreting, and living the Word of God. Michael brings much experience and knowledge of the Bible to the delight of dramatic art. For those who love to see the Bible in a living, moving, dynamic source, this book will challenge you to see the Bible in a modern, life-giving way to portray the beauty of its truths. Highly recommend.”
Rev. Sharen Long
5 Stars – Making the Bible Alive by Drama
“I think Mr. Merker’s method of evangelism and discipleship is brilliant. He offers to train you to do ministry in a whole new way and gives you everything you need to succeed. While Jesus never put his stories into a stage play, or musical, He was a master storyteller. He drew His listeners into His stories through parables and using everyday kind of illustrations. But He did it in extremely dramatic ways. He sometimes used natural occurrences, like a flood, as a backdrop to teach and train His disciples. This book can help you do exactly the same thing.”
Dr. Geoffrey Ross Holtz
5 Stars – Great teaching tool
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