Ten Talents

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About the author:
Tom Spence is a retired Marine Corps officer. He is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is husband, father, and grandfather and returned to live in his native Oklahoma in 1999.

As a Marine Tom served in the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Marine Divisions; as a student and instructor in profession level schools; as a series commander and staff officer at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina; as the Inspector-Instructor on Independent duty in Des Moines, Iowa; and as a Program Manager in Orlando, Florida. He also served a year with the United Nations as Patrol Base Commander, Sector Operations Officer, and Deputy Commander of the Southern Sector in Iraq and Kuwait (UNIKOM).

He has degrees in political science, biblical studies, theology, and counseling. Beyond his Marine Corps experience, he has been an independent trainer, counselor, and newspaper manager. He is currently the Pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma.

Tom recently published a play based upon the 9th chapter of John's gospel. It is titled: 9 Encounters of John 9.

His two most recent books are Christianity for Marines and ReBaselining America: Setting a foundation of liberty for the next 200 years. His other books include Sea Stories, Even the Elect, Tough Day at the Plate, The Best of Out of the Box, and First Steps Towards Eternity.
Tom first began publishing in the late 1980's with a concise article called "MarineSpeak-the modern language of our Corps." That short article in the Marine Corps Gazette spoke to the unique language of those called Leatherneck. He later published articles in the U.S. Naval Proceedings. They were "Lighten the Load" and "Analog Grunt Confronts a Digital World."

Tom publishes hundreds of articles online each year as a freelance author, including two blogs and the local paper.


Ten Talents

A Play in 3 Acts

Authored by Tom Spence

The Parable of the Talents could be the most versatile of all of the parables that Jesus gave us. At the core of the parable is a simple question that is answered by all three servants, but never asked aloud by the Master.

What did you do with what I gave you?

This parable never grows stale, but there are other approaches to conveying its messages than preaching and Bible study. The message in drama is one such approach.

Ten Talents: A Play in 3 Acts is designed to present this familiar message with a fresh approach. The play is designed for junior and senior high youth groups; however, adult or mixed ages may find this enjoyable as well. Community theaters open to biblical dramas will find this has parts for the professional actor as well as the first time thespian.

The characters with the most lines carry clipboards as part of their costume, so notes or even the full script may be carried with them on stage.

The set is a low budget endeavor and costuming can be as elaborate or as plain as desired. The dialogue and pantomime move the message.

The author has included permission to reproduce the script so that only one book need be purchased per production.

Let this drama be a blessing to the cast and all who view the performance.

Publication Date:
1461144671 / 9781461144670
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Drama / Religious & Liturgical

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