Posts by Drew Downs

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Advent 1 – Spend Less

by Drew Downs

Let’s be honest. We know we shouldn’t buy so much stuff. Deep down, we all understand it. How can we who follow the Christ who told a pious young man to give up everything he owns still think we can fill our lives with more stuff? We who talk about “putting the Christ in Christmas” […]

Advent 2016

by Drew Downs

While the Christmas season has begun to creep into Halloween out in our culture, we are given a different season in the church. A season which comes first. Advent is marked as a season of anticipation and waiting. Like Jesus’s parable of the bridesmaids in Matthew, this waiting has both a sense of hope and […]

Living Generously

by Drew Downs
Living Generously

They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered for ever. Psalm 112:4-6 This theme of generous living runs throughout scripture. We […]

What is Wild Goose?

by Drew Downs
Wild Goose Festival - Dar Williams

I spent this past weekend getting waterlogged and dried out in a tent with my daughter. For many, this is the kind of typical summer activity: camping. This is no ordinary camping trip. We were attending the 6th Annual Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC, a small resort town in the mountains near Asheville. […]

We’re trying a couple of new things

by Drew Downs

1) A new seating area! Two Sundays ago, we moved our coffee hour to the Cloister Room, a more intimate space toward the front of our building. The Great Hall was already prepared for a Mother’s Day brunch and we certainly couldn’t cancel our coffee hour! Those of us who sat in the comfortable chairs […]

One way a church must be political

by Drew Downs
One way a church must be political

We often define the word politics too narrowly. In our daily usage, we often make politics stand in for arguing cronyism control Machiavellian manipulation ideology political parties advocacy particular legislation particular candidates for office We can mean any of these things or all of them at the same time. The poor person we’re talking to […]