Posts by Drew Downs

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First – A Brand New Newsletter!

by Drew Downs

Check out our new newsletter, First. Why “First”? You’ll have to read it to find out: If you want to download a copy to read later or share with a friend, you can click here: First – Advent! Or check out the fully embedded version. Want to help with the next one? We need volunteers, stories, pictures, […]

A Vision of Formation: Walking Through Fire

by Drew Downs

For several weeks, we’ve heard a gospel of endurance and serving those who suffer. We were taken back to an early teaching, to the Sermon on the Mount. We heard Jesus preach ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. […]

A Vision of Formation: Jesus and the Disciples

by Drew Downs

I’ve always marveled at the disciples’ willingness to follow Jesus from the beginning. We read that Jesus came to the disciples and they dropped everything and followed him. We read this dropping everything quite literally: Andrew and Simon actually drop their fishing nets and leave it all behind. I can’t imagine such a moment. A […]

A Prayer for Election Day

by Drew Downs

Election Day is one of my favorite days. We could go into Election Day full of dread and unease. Or we could approach it with hope and optimism. Sometimes, we feel all of these. What I love about Election Day is that it is a day in which more than 100 million Americans participate in […]

Our work of feeding comes in many forms

by Drew Downs

In just a few days, our children will be scouring the streets looking for candy. Or more precisely, they will be knocking on doors, visiting businesses, and shouting “trick or treat!” while dressed like Elsa or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. As much as this may remind us of scavenging and their child voices telling […]