David J. Swanson is playwright and novelist living in Wichita, KS. While working with his adult and youth drama teams, David began writing his own material. From there he published a collection of scripts called Theater for Church and then became a Skit Guys featured author. He also writes for Skit Guys Studios. In 2014, his full-length play A Paper Tiger in the Rain (published by Heartland Plays) won the prestigious Panowski Playwriting Award. Other plays include the drama Hotel Jerusalem and a farce called A Portrait of the Con Artist.
David plays lead electric guitar in his church’s worship band, rhythm guitar in a big band, and continues to write for his church, both in video production and in live dramas. During the day he works as a Strategy Analyst for an aircraft manufacturer. He is sharing life with his charming wife Carrie. Together they are raising Micah, a special blessing whom they adopted at birth just after Christmas 2011.
Learn more about David and his work at www.davidjswanson.com.
In this comedic skit, a queen uses a rebellious criminal to demonstrate what she’s learned about Jesus by reading her newly acquired Guttenberg Bible. Though, in the end she misses God’s point.
A fast-paced skit explores several hilarious types of gift givers before launching into the description of the best gift giver there is—the One who knows you better than anyone, knows exactly what you need, and gave the greatest Gift of all.
Kristin and Lindsay are here to give the guys the 411 on not just how to survive Valentine’s Day, but win Valentine’s Day. Like a boss.
An honest and open letter to God of confession and repentance from putting earthly treasures above God.
We celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas by reading about His birth in the New Testament. But do we ever think about Jesus being present in the Old Testament? This script is a fun way to recognize that Jesus was part of the plan all along…from the very beginning.
After surviving a suicide attempt, a girl questions her future and relationship with God. This sketch was used as an intro to Ruth 1 to help the audience identify with Naomi and her feeling that God’s hand was against her.
A man is followed by a sound that impacts him every time he commits a sin.
A script on being thankful in culture of consumption. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas discuss which is the best holiday on a radio program.
A mom and dad realize that it’s too hard to love their kids. so they come up with a plan to make it easier. This is a satirical look at how we sometimes believe we can earn God’s love by how we live our lives.
You can’t fake your way through reading the Bible. If you don’t have a passion for it, if you don’t discipline yourself enough to read it, you’ll miss out on the good things that God says through his word. In this sketch, Ted has missed out on reading the book and is just pretending to have read it, hoping that no one asks too much of him. He’s just there for Blanche, as a way of impressing the girl.
The trappings of Christmas is that everything can be justified as a “good thing.” Food with family. Decorations. Fun activities. But everything piled together can often push out the true reason we celebrate the Christmas season.
Without a saving faith in Jesus Christ, the unbeliever is left wondering about his fate and lives with the associated fear. Can we ever be good enough? *Note: This script describes a school shooting, so use with discretion.
A high school boy discovers the meaning of “woe to me” - that he is small and God is Great and Mighty.
A young brother and sister visit a family counselor to talk through what went wrong and fractured their family.
Mary and Joseph are on the long road to Bethlehem and have plenty of time to process exactly what God has chosen them for.
When Jesus came down to earth, He left a perfect home in heaven where he sat at the right hand of God. He left all of that for us, even though we’d rejected Him. His love for us is greater than we’ll ever appreciate.
Crystal has three pesky voices following her around that are constant reminders of her imperfections and just how much she loathes herself.
When Moses was outside the Camp in prayer, he went away to meet with God. He called it the “place of meeting.” And he talked with God. It was a two way discussion and it was transparent and honest. Our prayer lives have to reflect that two-way honesty that God had with Moses. Prayer is essential in our discipline and growth.
A Pastor finds himself overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities of running a church. If only he had someone that would help carry the load.
So often a particular area is saturated with Bible-believing people and we need to be reminded that our reach could be so much farther. This sketch serves as a visual illustration that ultimately, it’s about reaching out to those in the community.
God is omniscient and the implications of that sometimes have us questioning the things He does.
The church is what we build it to be. We are the church. In this script, three actors address the audience directly, first with questions, then with answers. It is an anthem, a call to arms, a manifesto.
Love means more than romantic love. Not everyone gives and receives love and appreciation the same way.
Those who are left behind after a suicide face a number of questions. Among those questions will be wondering if they ever told the deceased about the power of Jesus.
Everyone is gifted with something that God expects us to use for His glory, and everyone is needed in their capacity. There is no such thing as an extra member of the church, an unneeded part of the team, or a superfluous part of the body.