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.
“The power of the background in which Juliette Trafton deftly places the book of Ruth plus her exceptional performance skills result in not just hearing the story, but feeling it, experiencing it, living it. I unreservedly recommend Juliette’s presentation of Ruth!”
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.
“Experiencing Juliette’s performance of Ruth I was struck by one thought, the God of the Bible works mightily through women. He did then, He does now. You experience Him in her performance. She isn’t acting.”
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.
“Juliette’s presentation of Ruth beautifully draws out the vulnerability and humanity found in the biblical account. She cleverly and succinctly grounds the viewer in the historical context and then seamlessly sweeps you into the story. It created an excitement and desire in our community to dive into the word of God in a new way.”
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.
“In this live version of the book of Ruth in its entirety, Juliette Trafton shows just how active and alive God’s Word is. She ushers her audience into the world of the original writers, taking our hearts on Ruth’s journey and boosting our faith in the process. This one performance has had a profound impact on my faith. After all, faith comes from hearing (the living and active) Word of God.”
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.
What audience could be more hospitable toward a dramatic reenactment of Scripture—or more potentially critical of it—than a bunch of Bible college leaders? Stephen Trafton earned effusive praise from a hard-to-please audience by living up to the Living Letters name. With exquisite theatrical craft and evidently reverent ardor, God’s ancient yet living and life-giving Word was skillfully and lovingly rendered to engage our hearts and stir our imaginations in a fresh and memorable way. As Cleopas and his companion remarked concerning their first-day encounter with the risen Christ, we might echo in our sentiments, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he ... opened the Scriptures to us?” (Lk. 24:32)
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.
“I’m so delighted that you pushed us to have Stephen Trafton at White Station. What a great presentation and performance! His interpretive framework from Act 16 was really helpful. The whole interpretive performance [of Philippians] was just outstanding. Thank you for arranging and setting this up!! WS was truly blessed.”
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.
“Stephen Trafton’s performances of Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians drew me and my church into those letters in a way that’s unmatched. Paul is heard. His heart and mind are felt. An audience is moved. God’s Word lives!”
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.