Sermons by Drew Downs

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In the Trinity

In the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity is a paradox. We totally hate paradoxes. The real question is why we expect someone else to understand it better than we do. Why we struggle to explain this weird doctrine Trinity Sunday C | John 16:12-15 Photo by Juan Pablo Arenas from Pexels We were at work, setting up the Barnes & Noble […]

Wrapped up in love

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Wrapped up in love

The Holy Spirit isn’t a fixer – like we’re gangsters who need someone to clean up our mess. She’s our advocate, compelling us to be in this together. The radical advocacy of the Holy Spirit  Pentecost | John 14:8-17 (25-27) Photo by Errin Casano from Pexels This week, when I read through our readings for Pentecost, a thought occurred […]

Desiring Glory

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Desiring Glory

No matter how many times God tells us love isn’t earned, we don’t truly believe it. We desire a kind of glory which will never give us love. When we desire a different glory, we find a different God. Easter 7C | John 17:20-26 Photo by ws didin from Pexels We return again to glory. The author of the […]

The Presence of Peace

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The Presence of Peace

The peace Jesus promises isn’t a passive thing done to us or a weapon to enforce conformity. It is the very love of God and it is already here. God brings to life the peace that is already present.  Easter 6C | John 14:23-29 Photo by Anastasiya Lobanovskaya from Pexels Let’s talk about peace. I think we’re tempted to […]

Humble Like God

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Humble Like God

In Easter, we remember back before the resurrection, when glory was the same as power and we thought violence could bring peace, rather than love. the confusing truth about the glory of God Easter 5C | John 13:31-35 We return to the room like a flashback. The room we were in just a few weeks […]

They took up stones again

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They took up stones again

Their confusion over expectations of the Messiah isn’t Jesus’s fault. They didn’t really want to understand what God was telling them. Why can’t they hear his voice? They don’t want to. Easter 4C | John 10:22-30 “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” At the time […]

Definitely, Peter

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Definitely Peter

What Jesus told them to do was follow him. Instead, 7 disciples went to the beach. Jesus reminds them their work is building community. When Jesus sees right through the fishing distraction Easter 3C | John 21:1-19 We’re at the beach. I really don’t know why. It’s all pretty disorienting. This morning, John drops us off […]

Freedom From Fear

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Freedom From Fear

When Jesus joins the disciples in John 20:19-31, we shouldn’t put Thomas on trial. It is their fear that reveals a greater doubt. The reconciling hope after the resurrection Easter 2C | John 20:19-31 Photo by Mauricio Artieda from Pexels Remember how we all gathered last week to celebrate the risen Christ! We came to see the lilies and […]

The Story

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The Story

In returning to the beginning of the story, we come to see how Jesus got here, how we got here, and what we’re called to about it. Easter invites us to remember the beginning Easter | Luke 24:1-12 Photo by Eric Sanman from Pexels Way back at the beginning, we learned about this old couple. Zechariah and Elizabeth. Zechariah […]

Looking For Jesus

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In the resurrection story, we get an Easter image as confounding as it is hopeful. Not only that Jesus is risen, but we still never expect it. among the living and not the dead Great Vigil of Easter | Luke 24:1-12 Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels Disciples are taught to follow their rabbi. Literally. They walk, you walk […]