Stephen Trafton not only narrates Philippians from memory with passion and conviction, but he also introduces his performance with gripping, storytelling like presentation of the most important background information to set the letter in its proper context. Riveting, amazingly powerful, and told by someone who obviously deeply believes what he is recounting.
What a privilege to experience the Living Letters through the incredible gifts of Stephen Trafton. His engaging, and flawless presentations of both Colossians and Philippians are mesmerizing encounters with Scripture. Northland Church is extremely grateful for his unique delivery of God’s Word.
Stephen and Juliette are melodious instruments in the hand of our Awesome Creator. They’ve been given a unique and special gift that they utilize extremely well for God’s glory. They are professional, personable, intimate, and engaging. I couldn’t possibly recommend these 2 highly enough. We’ve had them perform for our ministry twice, and both times they knocked it out of the park!
Stephen Trafton is a gifted theatre artist and deeply committed Christian. These twin qualities are rarely combined and are on vivid display in his Living Letters. What an entertaining way to receive Paul’s letters! Living Letters will engage the imagination and draw you in. You will ‘see’ these letters with fresh eyes and have a new appreciation for Paul’s depth and passion.
Encountering Philippians is one of the most powerful experiences with the Word I’ve ever had in a worship setting. This is how it was meant to be: heard aloud, aptly expressed, with conviction.
It was a great pleasure to see/hear an artist bring one of the Apostle Paul’s letters to life. I am pleased to commend Stephen Trafton to any and all who would like to have the biblical text brought to life in this way.
My old pastor used to say, ‘Most people don’t put flesh-and-blood on the Bible.’ We sometimes read Scripture as a collection of dry, dusty stories, but those stories are about real, living people being spoken to by a real, living God. That’s the beauty of Living Letters. The plays bring us more deeply into seeing the context of Scripture rather than skimming on the surface of the text, and that contextual experience gives a burst of revelation about what Paul is saying to us today. I find Stephen Trafton’s approach to be highly artistic and very moving. Above all, it is true to the Word of God.
This is the most dynamic, informative way to experience this book I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for a way to make Philippians more than words on a page, if you’re trying to understand it as the life-changing, challenging, revolutionary text that it is, I can’t recommend Encountering Philippians enough.
When Stephen first told me about the show, I admit I was skeptical. I thought it sounded a little Sunday-schoolish. But boy was I wrong. Hearing and seeing Paul’s letter delivered (in a way very like it might have been to the first-century Philippians) moved me in the best ways; it shifted my perspective on the text enough to let me see in it new colors, new angles, new life. I think it’s kind of like poetry—it’s one thing on the page, read silently in your head, but often quite another when it’s made vocal and visual, enacted bodily. It makes for great theater, as well as great Bible-study.