Sermons by Drew Downs

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Crossed

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crossed

On Good Friday, we remember the Passion of Christ and the crucifixion of Jesus. But does this remembering do what it intends to? Jesus, Atonement, and the irredeemability of the Cross Good Friday  |  Matthew 26:31-27:66 He warned them. Three times he said what would happen when they got here. To Jerusalem. Three times. Just […]

The Unity Table

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The Unity Table

In Maundy Thursday, we are invited into a corporate act of remembering that does far more than remind us of Jesus, but bring us toward radical unity. How remembering radical welcome embodies the gospel Maundy Thursday  |  Matthew 26:14-30 I never know how I’m supposed to feel today. We know how we’ll feel tomorrow and […]

The Wisdom of Crowds

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The Wisdom of Crowds

And what will be found in the coming days is another crowd made up of the leaders and their followers, who will orchestrate the killing of the new king. The Lord who is mistaken for a peasant, a nothing man, a vagrant, a false prophet. Because he looks the part. Palm Sunday and the revealing […]

Seeing Jesus

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Seeing Jesus

In healing the Man Born Blind, Jesus reveals the mercy of God. In the Pharisees, we see the challenge of blindness to true work of Jesus. The blinding power of certainty and the light of mercy Lent 4A  |  John 9:1-41 Why do bad things happen? That isn’t the question this passage answers. Nor does […]

Living Waters

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Living Waters

In his meeting with the woman at the well, we see how Jesus moves us from division, selfishness, and separation toward inclusion in God. A woman, Jesus, and the well which connects them Lent 3A  |  John 4:5-42 Growing up on Lake Huron, in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan, the living […]

Look Up

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Look Up

Jesus’s encounter with Nicodemus is one of the most compelling and confusing exchanges in John. But in it, we see our own confusions, ourselves. Jesus, Nicodemus, and the very mercy of God Lent 2A  | John 3:1-17 There’s something hinky going on here. Jesus and Nicodemus and this late night visit. And how each of […]

Tempted

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Tempted

In the temptations in the wilderness, Jesus doesn’t just face the devil, but the very corruption every human faces: the desire for security and control. Jesus offers a different security system than ADT Lent 1A  |  Matthew 4:1-11 This is the first thing after. A thousand things he could’ve done. Jesus is the Messiah, right? […]

Becoming Holy

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Becoming Holy

I think we’re afraid of the Transfiguration. Afraid through skepticism, through belief; afraid of what it says and means, afraid of becoming holy. The Transfiguration and our fear of weird Last Sunday after the Epiphany |  Matthew 17:1-9 There’s a weirdness on that mountain. If we’ve learned anything from our scripture, it might be to […]

Choose to Love

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Choose to Love

When Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law, he was talking about building the blessed community of love and hope, not individual freedom. Or How to Build the Blessed Community 7th Sunday after the Epiphany Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18, Matthew 5:38-48 This is an honest question. How many times have we heard a Christian, a follower […]

Reconsider

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Reconsider

In this sequence from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeats “you have heard it said…but I say to you…” turning everything we know on its head. Jesus shatters the myth of the certain faith 6th Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:21-37 For the last month or so we’ve been talking about what goes into […]