Sermons by Drew Downs

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Talentless

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Talentless

In the parable of the bridesmaids (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus gives a chilling picture of the kin-dom which is more “what not to do” than it is “how to be a Christian”.   Jesus isn’t interested in your talent – only your love. Proper 28A  |  Matthew 25:24-30 If I entrusted you with a key to […]

Getting In (Proper 27A)

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Getting In - a homily for Proper 27A

In the parable of the bridesmaids, Jesus gives us, not instructions on how to get into heaven, but an example of how not to. Jesus isn’t nearly as focused on our getting into heaven as we are Proper 27A  |  Matthew 25:1-13 It was about this time 4 years ago when my friend Bruce died. […]

Blessed in the Dirt

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Blessed in the Dirt

In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows us what it truly means to be blessed, revealing the truth about the kin-dom. It isn’t about winning or getting in.   Being blessed by God means lifting up the lowest, not living like a king Saints A  | Matthew 5:1-12 Do you feel blessed? I don’t mean #blessed or […]

Love Against the Wind

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Love Against the Wind

Why we know to love, but not how or when. We often think of love as the antidote to chaos, but it isn’t so related to the chaos. The love Jesus calls us to is not from this world, but for it. Proper 25A  |  Matthew 22:34-46 This year, we gathered at the river for […]

Faces of Love

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Faces of Love

In Matthew 22:15-22, we get stuck on the words “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s” we forget the whole thing’s a trap. The point isn’t what we give to the Emperor, but that we see each other Proper 24A  | Matthew 22:15-22 I don’t know if any of you have […]

The Parable of the Sharp Dressed Man

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in Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus tells a weird parable about wedding banquet and a murderous king. How could this possibly reveal God to us? Jesus and the really weird wedding Proper 23A  |  Matthew 22:1-14 Remind me not to let Jesus be in charge of the guest list for any future weddings. That guy will let […]

In the Kingdom of Earth

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In the Kingdom of Earth, selfishness rules and violence is justified. How far such things are from what Jesus offers: a kin-dom of heaven. Selfish, violent, brutal, alone: hallmarks of the Kingdom of Earth Proper 22A | Matthew 21:33-46 Several years ago, Rose and I took a trip to northwestern Michigan. We stayed in a […]

Giving Grace

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Giving Grace

The hardest challenge Jesus gives those inside the church is to recognize that the saving grace is not about who we were before, but during and after. Making Sacramental moments with the love of God Proper 21A  |  Matthew 21:23-32 Before Jesus is teaching in the Temple and these chief priests and scribes question his […]

Generous and Just

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Generous and Just

Jesus’s parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) doesn’t seem fair. But that’s because we don’t want it to be. With the laborers in the vineyard, Jesus reveals the justice of mercy Proper 20A  |  Matthew 20:1-16 For those who have not heard this gospel story before, or hardly recognize it, you can […]

Too Heavy

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Too Heavy

If the debt doesn’t kill you… then the weight of expectations just might. Here’s what Jesus has to say about such a death. mercy and the spirit-crushing weight of debt Proper 19A  | Matthew 18:21-35 So now this morning, we start with Peter’s response to this teaching. Remember, the teaching was very specific in methodology. […]