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Resurrection Stories

by Drew Downs
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In the Easter season, we are treated to some of the most fascinating stories in the gospels. We might call them the resurrection stories. At one time it worried me that each of the gospel books had a different ending. One (Luke) has a walk to Emmaus. One  (Mark) has an empty tomb and no […]

Holy Week Meditations

by Drew Downs

It is my sincere hope that you have been keeping a holy Lent as we wind down to the end of our journey, to Jerusalem, to confront the authorities, to the Passion and the Resurrection. It is an amazing time for us, if we take a break from the hubbub and personal concerns, giving our […]

Holy Week, Easter, and a Brand New First

by Drew Downs

As we prepare ourselves for Holy Week, this culmination of our Lenten journey, check out the latest edition of First, the seasonal publication of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church! Inside you’ll find: Answers to serious questions! Reflections on Holy Week in worldly contexts! Poetry by Malcolm Guite and C.W. Christian! and an Easter reflection by the Presiding […]

Bring Lent Close

by Drew Downs
Lent at St. Stephen's, Terre Haute probably won't include a bucket of chicken

As we approach Lent, I’m actually excited this year. Excited that this season actually makes sense to me. And hopefully it will make sense to you, too. I used to have a love/hate relationship with Lent that was much more of the hate than the love. All the somber tones, the need to punish ourselves, […]

The Biblical Wild

by Drew Downs

It was my first week and my first class. We were just getting to know each other. Students and teachers. The class was team-taught by our Hebrew and Greek professors to give us an introduction to both parts of our Scripture. We read them concurrently: The Succession Narrative in the Hebrew Scripture and Luke in […]

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. […]