Sermons by Drew Downs

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Who They Can’t Forgive

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Who They Can't Forgive

This moment in John 12:20-33 is the tipping point. Time’s up. Make your decision. And Jesus is surrounded by people who don’t understand that forgiveness is everything. Even after resurrection, we refuse to forgive what we don’t understand. Lent 5B  | John 12:20-33 There’s a scene before this one. Before these Greeks come looking for […]

Praying in the Dark

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Praying in the Dark

In Nicodemus, we find a stand-in for us. He’s confused, frightened, and showing up at the wrong time. And yet he’s responding to an invitation when he least expects it to do something amazing. How our searching in the dark helps bring the light to us. Lent 4B  | John 3:14-21 You’ve probably heard the […]

The Art of Love

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The Art of Love

In overturning the tables in the temple and reimagining Sabbath law, Jesus invites us into a new relationship to our work. Not as adherents and citizens, but as artists and co-creators. Jesus invites us to be artists collaborating in a global masterpiece Lent 3B  | John 2:13-22 This church may have a lot of doors […]

Condemning Our Fear of Silence

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Condemning Our Fear of Silence

In the first Passion prediction in Mark 8:31-38, Peter speaks when he should be listening, revealing how important it is to listen — because we’re likely to get the mission of Jesus wrong. We are so bothered by silence, we struggle to hear Jesus Lent 2B  |  Mark 8:31-38   This story of Jesus is […]

Facing Repentance

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Facing Repentance

In Mark 1:9-15, Jesus reveals the mission of God, but another school shooting tests our resolve to see it, or to listen to his words of hope, saying that the time is now, kin-dom is here! A school shooting tests Ash Wednesday’s invitation to reconciliation Lent 1B  |  Mark 1:9-15 I had a really good […]

Ashes and Hearts – On Fire

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Ashes and Hearts - On Fire

Most of what we talk about on Ash Wednesday is found in the small part of the Sermon on the Mount we get in the lectionary (Matthew 6:1-6,16-21). The rest of the chapter reveals it means so much more. Ash Wednesday is way more than ashes – it’s the work of forgiveness Ash Wednesday  |  […]

Listen

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Listen

In the Transfiguration, we get the big spectacle event, so consuming with visual, power, and misunderstanding, we might fail to hear the voice in the middle of it all saying “listen to him.” Are we listening to Jesus any better than the disciples? Epiphany Last B | Mark 9:2-9 The story doesn’t begin at the […]

Immediately

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Immediately

Mark’s gospel uses the word “immediately” a lot. But what if it isn’t literal or a figure of speech? What if the evangelist is getting us to see beyond our reality–to where the kin-dom already is? How the immediacy of Jesus reveals the presence of the kin-dom Epiphany 4B | Mark 1:21-28. Time travel. It’s […]

Nobodies

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Nobodies

In calling his first disciples to fish for people, Jesus knows they can’t do that from where they are. But he has already chosen them for who they are. Jesus calls these particular nobodies to give up everything Epiphany 3B | Mark 1:14-20 Most stories have great opening lines. “If you are interested in stories […]

Baptized in Love

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Baptized in Love

The Baptism of Jesus is often treated like the necessary means of getting Jesus into the right space with the cosmos: that if he doesn’t get dunked, he’s stuck. Or else we treat it like the perfunctory reason behind our religious rite. But baptism is way more than that. It’s the start of something awesome. […]